Alison Stevenson: 75 years of Kiwi women on the beat

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Saturday, 4 June 2016, 10:41AM

It’s the 75th Anniversary of women in policing.

On 3 June 1941 ten women entered a Wellington training depot, launching a new era of policing in New Zealand.

It hasn’t been an easy road, with policewomen working hard to gain respect as officers and to grow the numbers of women in the New Zealand police force.

As well as being involved in the frontline, policewomen have played a role in major historical events such as the Rainbow Warrior bombing, the Wahine Disaster and the 1981 Springbok tour, and they have re-shaped the force.

Jack Tame chats with Alison Stevenson, who joined the Police in 1974 and went on to join the diplomatic protection squad.

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