Recalling Oldham police officer Clara's very special achievement 100 years on

Date published: 05 March 2021

In celebration of International Women's Day on Monday (March 8), Greater Manchester Police's Museum is hosting a special online talk about women in policing.

2021 is an important year for women in policing in Greater Manchester as it is 100 years since the first female police officer was sworn in.

Clara Walkden, of Oldham Borough Police, became the first known female officer with powers of arrest, taking her oath on May 9, 1921.

Find out more about some of the first women in policing by joining in with the Museum's event on Monday.

The talk will be held on Zoom and last approximately 45 mins - 1 hour, starting at approximately 2pm.

If you would like to attend, please send an email in advance to: for instructions on joining.

This talk is aimed at adults. 

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