During the Great War women took on many jobs that had not traditionally been in the purview of the fairer sex, including law enforcement. It was originally envisaged that each force would have a handful of female constables to manage crimes where the victim might not be comfortable speaking to a man. However, as the war progressed and more male constables joined up or were conscripted, the numbers of female constables increased, as did the range of activities they performed. This novel new profession captured the imagination of artists and postcard manufacturers so today we are looking at a postcard of a female police woman:
The illustration is stylised, but the fundamentals of the uniform, with its long skirt, boots, full jacket is broadly accurate. The male helmet, however, was more commonly replaced with a broad brimmed floppy hat:
Female police numbers would drop again in the interwar period, but the principle had been established and most forces retained a female section from this point forward, numbers again increasing in the Second World War and the latter half of the twentieth century.