Division marks 100 years of female officers

CENTENARY CALL: Chief Inspector Gillian Scott.
CENTENARY CALL: Chief Inspector Gillian Scott.

One of Lanarkshire’s top cops has encouraged more women to join Police Scotland, as the force marks 100 years of female officers.

Motherwell-based Chief Inspector Gillian Scott recommended the career move as the Lanarkshire Division prepares to host an event celebrating the milestone later this month.

She said: “I have now been a police officer for over 27 years and have seen a significant increase in the numbers of women who chose the police as a career.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a police officer, working in many different areas and meeting a lot of very nice people, both in the police and the community.

“There are great opportunities for women within Police Scotland, both in specialist roles and promotion with flexible and part-time working helping to facilitate this.

“I would personally recommend the police as a career.”

Edith Smith was the first female officer, being appointed in August 1915.

Today Britain has about 41,000 female officers, with Met Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick the highest ranking. The highest ranking in Scotland is Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick.

An event marking the centenary will be held by the Lanarkshire Division in the Plaza Square, in the Olympia shopping centre, East Kilbride, between 10am and noon on Monday, June 22.

CI Scott continued: “This will celebrate women in policing over the last 100 years, the diverse policing roles women currently hold and the positive role women officers play in keeping people safe in the community.

“There will be a display of police memorabilia and uniforms with women officers attending.

“I would like to invite members of the community to come along

and join us in our celebrations.”