Almost 100 years ago, the Birmingham City Police set up the first women's hostel to be utilised by the Women Police, to enable them to find a safe place for women who were in need.
This hostel in Dale End, enabled by the generosity of Alderman Sayer who provided the premises, allowed the Women Police to help women get off the streets, into employment and to improve their circumstances.
Now as we celebrate 100 years of the Women Police in the West Midlands, we have been able to echo the sentiments of those pioneer policewomen by making our first donation to charity from the proceeds of our book, A Fair Cop.
The Public Protection Unit were asked for nominations for worthy causes and they chose Anawim in Birmingham, Black Country Women's Aid and Coventry Haven.
So on the 19th December, we invited all three charities to Lloyd House and presented them each with a cheque for £750. Together with a box of A Fair Cop books they have each been provided with previously (worth £200), that brings our total donations to each charity for 2017 to £950, with more to come next year!
The West Midlands Police Museum, led by Chief Supt Sally Bourner, funded the printing and set up costs of the book and the printing costs have now been repaid, so all money made from selling copies of the book now goes to these amazing charities to support the vital work that they do supporting women in need.
Find out more about the fantastic work they all do on their websites:
www.blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk (new website coming soon - check out their Facebook page for more info)