Pioneer policewoman honoured at memorial
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UK's first female police officer commemorated

The UK's first warranted female police officer has been commemorated in a memorial service.

Edith Smith was given her warrant card in 1915 with Grantham Borough Police after she had volunteered following the outbreak of World War One.

A memorial service in Runcorn, Cheshire, was attended by serving police officers from Cheshire, Lincolnshire and Merseyside forces.

After the service, one of Edith's surviving relatives said: "I think it's absolutely lovely and I'm totally overwhelmed by how fantastic everybody's been."

  • 08 Dec 2018