Celebrations are taking place around the country this year, marking 100 years of women officers serving in the police, so we took the opportunity to speak to one of Rothesay Police’s newest recruits - PC Alicia Hardie.
Where are you from originally?
I’m from Helensburgh, so it doesn’t take me too long to get home when I’ve got a couple of days off. I came here a couple of times when I was younger, but I was too young to really remember it. I’m still getting the hang of the area, but luckily there aren’t too many roads to remember!
Why did you decide to join the police?
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Going through school we were encouraged to go to university, so I did that but I didn’t really enjoy it.
The police was always in the back of my mind. I knew I needed a bit of life experience so I went out and did a few other things before I finally went for it.
I had the application form filled out for about six or seven months before I actually sent it in. It had never been the right time for me to do it, but it’s definitely the right time now.
Given the celebrations taking place up and down the country right now of 100 years of women police officers, what advice would you give to women thinking about joining the police?
I would say go for it. It’s a really equal job. All the uniform is the same now, all the opportunities are the same.
We had our passing out parade a couple of weeks ago on the exact anniversary, and we had a female inspector, a female sergeant and a female drill sergeant, so it shows how good the opportunities are for women.
There is no discrimination between the sexes - you can go for everything. I would advise anyone to go for it.
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