Since we first employed female police officers in 1917,
many women have been bold and have ensured we have the equal police
force we have today.
2017 marks 100 years of women in BTP. Our first female officer,
Sergeant Margaret Hood, was sworn in with the Great Eastern Railway
in May 1917.
Read more about some of the women who work in BTP.
Women began policing the railways during the First World War,
when many of the male railway police officers were called up to
serve on the frontline. Whilst female police officers carried out
similar duties to men, they also found themselves dealing with
female offenders and matters involving women and children.
The number of female officers declined after the war as the men
returned, but increased again during the Second World War. In 1946
it was recognised that women carried out an important role in
railway policing and the role of WPC became firmly established and
Fast forward to present day, and we now have over 1,500 women
employed as police officers, staff and special constables across