Australia’s New South Wales celebrated the 100-year anniversary of women in the state police force with a march of more than 700 female officers through the state capital, Sydney, on Thursday. “It wasn’t until the ‘70s that women were actually getting the authority to carry guns,” Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn explained to ABC. “And there was a time where if you were going to get married you could no longer be serving,” she added. An official ceremony for the occasion was held at the Opera House after the women marched past all 76 Local Area Commands.
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