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Scott, Ethel Violet (1911 - 1983)

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Born
15 August 1911
Collie, Western Australia, Australia
Died
14 January 1983
Augusta, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Nurse and Policewoman

Summary

Ethel Scott was the first female police officer in Australia to attain the rank of Inspector. A prominent figure in policing in Western Australia, she was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service in 1970.

Details

Ethel Violet Scott was born at Collie, Western Australia, 15 August 1911. She was a Registered Nurse at the time of appointment as a Constable in the WA Police in 1939.

In 1947 as the number of women police in WA increased it was deemed that they become a separate section and a Sergeant was required to be in charge.

Ethel Scott was promoted to Sergeant 3rd Class and in 1967 as that Section expanded she attained the rank of Inspector 3rd Class, the first such Commission for any female officer in Australia, and in 1971 was promoted to Superintendent. Again this was an Australian first for any female officer. That same year Ethel Scott was awarded the Queens Police Medal, before retirement on August 15, having served her entire career in the Perth Metropolitan area.

During this time she was a prominent figure in policing in Western Australia; one of her duties prior to promotion to Sergeant was teaching first aid to recruits at the Police School, now known as the Police Academy. On 14 January 1983, Ethel Scott died while residing in Augusta in the south west of Western Australia.

Graeme Sisson, WA Police Historical Society

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