South Australia and NSW appoint the first female police officers

South Australia and NSW appoint the first female police officers. State Library South Australia.

South Australia and NSW appointed the first female police officers. In South Australia the officers appointed were Kate Cocks (pictured) and Annie Ross.

Kate Cocks was forty years of age when offered the position of Principal Police Matron.  She was offered six assistants but declined, asking for only one woman. The woman she chose was thirty-two year old Annie Ross.

The maximum age to join the South Australian Police Force was twenty-nine years but this was waived for both women.

Kate Cocks and Annie Ross were appointed on the 1 December 1915 on the same pay as male officers. (Source: South Australia Police History Organisation.)

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