Joondalup Police Academy’s new training facility named in honour of WA’s first female police officers


Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Police Minister Michelle Roberts at the opening.
Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Police Minister Michelle Roberts at the opening.

A NEW training facility at Joondalup Police Academy honours WA’s first female police officers.

The Dugdale-Chipper Pavilion has been named after Helen Dugdale and Lauren Chipper, who were appointed to the force in 1917.

The pavilion offers all weather protection for training.

Constables Dugdale and Chipper were responsible for the “moral welfare of women and children”.

They patrolled areas in which women and children most often gathered such as parks and entertainment areas.

Women in the police force did not wear uniforms and were not used for operational duties until 1976.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts, who opened the facility on Friday, said the two constables were “formidable and tenacious pioneers”.

“It is fitting in this centenary year of women in policing that we recognise their achievements with the naming of this pavilion in their honour,” she said.

“For many years, the roles, ranks and work of women police officers were strongly restricted and they were required to resign if they married.”

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