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WOMEN JOIN THE RANKS OF THE RNC

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WOMEN JOIN THE RANKS OF THE RNC

December 15, 1980

On this day December 15, 1980 the first female members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary were sworn in.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is the oldest police force inCanada, which has roots dating to 1729, and was reorganized in 1871 to become the Newfoundland Constabulary. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the prefix “Royal” on the Newfoundland Constabulary in 1979 in recognition of its proud history in this Province. The present day RNC isNewfoundlandandLabrador’s Provincial Police Force. Prior to this Province joiningCanadain 1949 the RNC was the National Police Force of the Dominion of Newfoundland.

In that first class was June Layden who has since held every rank possible in the RNC’s Street Patrol Division, including constable, media relations officer and platoon commander. On Jan. 22, 2009 she made history when she became the first female RNC officer to become a superintendent.

”]Of the approximately 180 new RNC officers recruited since 2004, 43 per cent of them have been women and they currently make up 20 per cent of the entire force.

Recommended Web site: http://www.rnchs.ca/   The mission of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Historical Society is to stimulate and encourage the commemoration of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in its customs, traditions and affiliations and to appropriately honour and preserve their legacy for future generations

Recommended Reading:  Kenney, P. & Wentzell, S. (1991) Policing in Newfoundland, in The Newfoundland Quarterly, Vol. LXXXVI, No. 3, April 1991, pp. 42-43.