Constable Mikaela Redman, Constable Stacey Purves, Superintendent Rebecca Olsen, First Constable Emily Faulkner and Constable Kelly Fourie.
SUNDAY is International Women’s Day 2020, a day that will be celebrated all over the world with a variety special events planned to highlight the achievements and aspirations of women from all walks of life.
Joining in the spirit of the global event, the theme for which is #EachforEqual, Mildura Police will celebrate the day by having an all-female shift.
All all members on all police operational shifts for the day will be female, something made possible more easily because of the numerous women working in the local region who are available to fill the roster.
Mildura Police Superintendent Rebecca Olsen said apart from Mildura, the all-female shifts are happening across the Western Region Division.
“From the coast to the river, all stations will be rostered with female staff members for the day shift,” she said.
“Across this division and the Mallee, close to 30 percent of our members are females in each of the positions and that is actually one of the highest in the region.”
Women are no strangers to frontline duties in the emergency services, military and police, with International Women’s Day providing an opportunity to showcase the importance of their roles.
“I look at these fabulous women that I work with every day and they inspire me to continue to do what we are doing,” Supt. Olsen said.
“This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is ‘each for equal’ and Victoria Police, as an organisation, absolutely supports that.
“We are a division that is well above the State average for family violence and I hope as a community it’s not just about women stepping up, it is about men stepping up also.”
One of the policewomen who will be on duty in Mildura on the day is First Constable Emily Faulkner who described an all-female Sunday shift as “a good thing.”
“I think it a really good thing and as Supt. Olsen said it isn’t just about women, men are just as important, but it is good to be a part of the day and to be involved in the world-wide event,” she said.
Constable Mikaela Redman said she felt very privileged as a female to a part of Victoria Police.
“I really enjoy my role here and I feel like everyone is really accepting and welcoming,” she said.
“Having the opportunity to work together as two females on the job, as we do on occasions, is great as well.”
The International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is drawn from a notion of ‘collective individualism.’
As the official website says: “We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.
“Collectively, we can make change happen.
“Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world.
Superintendent Rebecca Olsen CENTRE surrounded by female staff at the Mildura Police Statio