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International Women’s Day: Det-Sen. Sgt Laura Russ and Insp. Andrea Smith among WA Police’s female leaders

As a young police officer called to a domestic violence incident, her first instinct was to respond to the call for help.

Instead, she was pulled back to the office and told that it would be inappropriate for her to attend because she was a woman.

It was the early 1990s — and just one example given by Det-Sen. Sgt Laura Russ of how far WA’s police force, once a “bloke’s environment” — has come over the past three decades.

“We were told to come back into the office to swap officers because it would be more appropriate for two male officers to go to the family violence incident rather than a male and a female,” Det-Sen. Sgt Russ said.

“I was thinking … I get paid the same as these guys, I get the same training as everyone else and I get pulled out to come back to the office … and two guys go out and manage it.”

Now, Det-Sen. Sgt Russ leads a team of detectives in South Hedland, working on some of the most serious crimes in the East Pilbara.

And dealing with family violence and child abuse, particularly among Indigenous communities, has become a passion of hers, earning her an Australian Police Medal.

South Hedland detectives officer-in-charge Det-Sen. Sgt Laura Russ.
Camera IconSouth Hedland detectives officer-in-charge Det-Sen. Sgt Laura Russ. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

She is just one of the female officers who have broken the police force’s glass ceiling to hold powerful positions within the force, including serious and organised crime division acting Det-Insp. Andrea Smith.

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