WPC BP220 is now the Reverend Deacon Hilary Pownall
Hilary is an ordained minister in the Church of England and serves as Parish Deacon at St Mary’s in Eastbourne Old Town. She was born, bred and educated in Eastbourne before serving as a Police Officer in Sussex for 14 years.
This was followed by a career in the Civil Service as an Assistant Housekeeper/Cook at the Judges Lodgings near Lewes until being made redundant in 2004. She continues to work part-time as a cleaner and gardener alongside her church work, and in her spare time enjoys reading and caring for her dog, who accompanies her when exploring the countryside by car or on foot.
Extracts From Hilary’s report 1978
Another question frequently asked by management and personnel is that if men and women are so basically different how can the two work side by side?
The gist of the answer lies in the question – women and men should work ‘side by side’. A mixed patrol team of policemen and policewomen brings all the aspects of human nature together as one and they should be taught to compliment each other.
The woman’s attitude to work is born from a self motivating zest for life rather than that of a man who has to work to maintain his role of a breadwinner.
In an effort to be accepted by our male colleagues we must not forget our unique value as police officers – feminity. This is our greatest asset and if we were to lose it by trying to become “one of the boys” we lose our effectiveness.
Every police officer has a responsibility to use his or her personal ability and experience for the improvement of the society in which we live. The police service is a very important part of this civilised framework and we must work together to contribute maximum effect on its well being and stability.