WOMEN IN POLICING: Inspector Nicole Bruce at the Lismore Police Station.
WOMEN IN POLICING: Inspector Nicole Bruce at the Lismore Police Station. Marc Stapelberg

Inspector Bruce breaks new ground for women in police force

AS THE first woman to reach the rank of Inspector in the Northern Region, Nicole Bruce has broken new ground for female police officers.

Starting as a probationary constable when she was 19, Insp Bruce has seen the value of women in policing during her 25 years in the force.

"Women bring a lot to the table in regard to our negotiating skills and multi-tasking," she said.

"If you attend an incident with a male and female it's usually calmed, particularly if there's a domestic ... (if) two males attend, then they'll probably get more aggressive."

Insp Bruce said she decided to pursue a career in policing to help people, particularly children.

"I didn't have any family who were police so I was the first in my family to join, then my sister followed in my footsteps," she said. "The ideological reason I joined was to help people and my career path has followed that."

Insp Bruce worked as a domestic violence liaison officer for 15 years then spent four years working in child protection.

"Through promotion I have come back to general duties," she said.

"I did a while in child protection so that aspect, you would think, working with child sexual assault day after day, would drag you down," she said.

"But it's so rewarding to get the children out of there and to stop the assaults. That's what, I suppose, brings you through."

Insp Bruce admitted it was difficult not to take her work home, and to create a healthy work/life balance.

"You see the worst aspects of life, but you are also extremely rewarded by what you do and can achieve in the job," she said.

Insp Bruce said she had no plans to hang up her police hat any time soon.

"It's a great job; it's very rewarding and very family- orientated," she said.

BATON RELAY & POLICING ROADSHOW

  • The relay was launched in March and is travelling across the state, visiting the Tweed Byron and Richmond police commands on June 10 and 12 respectively

  • Each command holds a 3km-5km relay with local participants

  • The relay will be accompanied by a roadshow showcasing the history of women in the NSW Police Force



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