ne of the primary feminine police drivers in Scotland advised of her pleasure at having the ability to do her job and not using a male chaperone after she helped smash the glass ceiling within the Nineteen Fifties.
Mary d’Arcy Kincaid, 91, began out as a police officer in Edinburgh in 1953, at a time when ladies needed to depend on male colleagues for a elevate – or get the bus.
Three years later, she noticed a job advert for police drivers, and utilized because it didn’t specify a gender, though it was aimed toward males.
She utilized and following dialogue with the then chief inspector, she was accepted onto the course, however recalled some resistance from colleagues.
In 1957, she went to Cyprus for a 12 months together with three different ladies officers, to assist with recruiting and coaching feminine law enforcement officials there, and to help with looking ladies at roadblocks.
She was promoted to sergeant, and returned to Edinburgh in 1958, the place she labored for 2 years earlier than becoming a member of CID.
She was considered one of two ladies who fashioned the primary “crime staff” for Metropolis of Edinburgh Police in 1961.
Pictures confirmed her sporting a skirt go well with as a part of her uniform and posing with a police canine.
When the memo circulated inviting functions for police drivers, I assumed, why not?
Mary, who now lives in Gloucestershire, returned to Edinburgh to be given a tour of her outdated patch and visited St Leonards Police Station, made well-known by Ian Rankin novels.
She recalled her pleasure on the freedom she felt by having the ability to drive a CID car.
After she moved down south, she served as a Justice of the Peace in Westminster, and she or he has been married for 53 years.
Assistant Chief Constable Emma Bond praised Mary for “driving progress” within the police when she joined 70 years in the past.
Mary stated: “I used to be so excited after I sat my entrance exams and handed, and so started my Metropolis of Edinburgh Police journey.
“When the memo circulated inviting functions for police drivers, I assumed, why not? In spite of everything, they’d not specified male or feminine constables, so I took my likelihood.
“I liked driving, and knew I may do it nicely, as a part of my function.
“Regardless of some reluctance from some colleagues, I couldn’t imagine it after I was invited to go for my driver coaching.
“I handed with flying colors, and so my driving as a police constable started.
“This actually meant that I now not wanted a male police constable to drive me to a job, take a bus, or stroll – I may drive one of many many CID autos.”
Senior officers, together with Ms Bond, have been in attendance at St Leonards Police Station to greet Mary and her household earlier than taking her on a tour of her former beat.
Ms Bond stated: “Welcoming Mary and listening to her experiences and perspective was an actual pleasure.
“A lot has modified to enhance the illustration of girls in all ranks and roles in policing over the course of the previous few a long time due to inspirational figures like Mary, fairly actually, driving progress.
“Police Scotland is totally decided to proceed to construct on the progress led by trailblazers like Mary, to deal with sexism and discrimination in policing and throughout society and enhance experiences for our officers and workers and the individuals who we serve.”