CELEBRATION: Queensland retired police women, with the oldest Ester Fook, 93 sitting on retired deputy commissioner Kathy Rynders’ lap
CELEBRATION: Queensland retired police women, with the oldest Ester Fook, 93 sitting on retired deputy commissioner Kathy Rynders’ lap

Battle continues for police women

THE Queensland Police Service has celebrated the women who broke down the barriers of what has been a traditionally male-dominated profession.

Brothers Leagues Club this week hosted a party to mark the 85th anniversary of women in the Queensland service.

PW1 Eileen O'Donnell and PW2 Zara Dare became sworn officers on March 16, 1931 and would pave the way for future women who wanted to uphold the law.

Retired deputy commissioner Kath Rynders was the keynote speaker and gave the gathering her own take on how women's roles had evolved.

Ms Rynders said there were four phases of development; the battle to be a female police officer, achieving equality in the Service, achieving power in the role and the current phase of rebuilding women in policing.

Ms Rynders told the gathering that female police officers had come a long way.

"Do not lose sight of the journey ahead, you have not reached the destination," Ms Rynders said.

Today more than 25% of sworn personnel in the QPS are women.

Ipswich Superintendent Charysse Pond said the QPS was proud of the progress that had been made for women in policing, with female officers playing integral roles.

Superintendent Pond said Ms Rydners and retired female officers alike were an inspiration to both currently serving and future female officers.

"The challenges they've faced have paved the way for us," Supt Pond said.

Guest speakers included Chairman of Queensland Retired Police Association Mr John McCrae, curator of Queensland Police Museum Lisa Jones and Janet Pisasale.


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