A centenary of police service

WOMEN in the NSW Police Force are marking 100 years of service this year, with celebrations for the milestone set to arrive on the Coffs Coast.

To help mark this special occasion, a custom-made NSW Police baton is making its way around the state over the next six months and is due to arrive in Coffs Harbour next Sunday.

Locals are encouraged to come down to the water police building, Coffs Harbour Jetty, where representatives from the NSW Police Force and local high school participants will conclude a 3.5km relay through town.

The relay will start at the Coffs Harbour Police Station at 10am following a route along Harbour Drive to Marina Drive and then onto the water police building at the Coffs Harbour Jetty.

The relay will be followed at 10.45am by formal speeches then festivities, which include a barbecue, celebration cake, kids face painting, show bags and balloons.

Police will also have a number of police displays including water police, police dogs, highway patrol and general duties officers.

Today, NSW boasts 4542 female sworn officers and 2581 female unsworn officers, and a lifetime of achievements in local area commands and specialist units.

"Local celebrations will showcase the history, as well as past and present achievements of women in the Force," Coffs Clarence Commander Superintendent Mark Holahan said.

"I am honoured to be part of the statewide celebrations and encourage all members of the local community to come and help us mark this special moment in Australian history."

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