NZ Police celebrate 75 years of women in the force

Today marks 75 years since women first joined the New Zealand Police Force.

On June 3, 1941, 10 prospective police women began their training at the New Zealand Police Academy. 

Ten women began their training on June 3, 1941 at the NZ Police Academy. Source: 1 NEWS

Today marks the 75th anniversary since women were permitted to join the New Zealand Police. Source: 1 NEWS

They were recruited through advertisements "for single and widowed ladies", were banned from driving police cars and had to resign if they wanted to marry. 

Women now account for over 30 per cent of police staff.

A show of original uniforms in the Auckland Town Hall gives the public the opportunity to view the memorable 1960's mini-skirt and regulation handbags.