Montreal Gazette, 22 Jul 1918, page 3

 

The work of policewomen

To the Editor of the Gazette:

Sir – We note in your issue of this morning the appointment of four policewomen upon the city force.  This is a measure which has been advocated for years by the Montreal Local Council of Women, and it was through the instrumentality of that body that the city charter was amended in 1915 to permit the appointment of policewomen, the first one being sworn in on April 23, 1915, and detailed for duty at railway stations.  Since that date the need for such officers has become vastly graver and more widespread.  Not only the unsophisticated girls coming to the city from rural districts, but numbers of town dwellers also require the services of a protective officer.

There is a large class of offenders which might most suitably be handled by women police, not actual lawbreakers for whom protection and guidance are sadly wanting.  This has been for many years set before the public by competent speakers, and before the governing bodies by appeals from the Council.  It is therefore a matter of satisfaction to the MLCW that its recommendations should meet with the acceptance of the municipal authorities at this time  if the efforts of the newly installed officers are to be fully effective, they should be followed up by the generous co-operation of citizens in furnishing recreation centres and educative opportunities to replace harmful occupations and influences which fill the Recorders and Juvenile Courts with so large a percentage of the city’s young womanhood.  It is hoped the public will assist generously in carrying forward the endeavors of the MLCW and the reforms inaugurated by the Chief of Public Safety.

KA Chipman

Convener Reformatory

Committee MLCW

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