Saturday, December 12, 2009

Irene Juergens

From the Sydney Morning Herald:
WHEN Irene Juergens became the 88th woman to join the NSW Police, she had pigtails, wore seamed stockings and wasn't allowed to carry a gun. It was 1966.

For the first six years she lectured school children about road safety - one of the few jobs female police were allowed to do.

Next week, Inspector Juergens, 63, will leave NSW Police as the longest-serving female officer after nearly 44 years of service.

She is embarrassed by the attention, saying: ''I truly don't believe that I've done anything extraordinary … all I've done is stay a long time.''

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