Welcome to Ruddy Duck Press, the publisher of Vancouver’s Women in Blue and other books by C.J. Daley. These works include not only the history of police women during the early years of the Vancouver Police Department, but also more nautical writings (currently under development) covering the Ontario 32 sailing yacht, and sailing adventures down the west coast of North America from Victoria, B.C. to the Sea of Cortez.
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On May 6, 1886, the City of Vancouver appointed their first chief constable, and 39 days later Vancouver became a pile of broken, charred and smoking remains. So began the start of the Vancouver Police Department. It took only four years before the call came for women matrons to care for female prisoners. The first, Matta Raymond, was hired in 1904. Over the next 71 years a mere 125 women would be hired to fill the roles of matrons , then policewomen, and finally female police constables.
Vancouver’s Women in Blue is a groundbreaking account of the history of the women who served with the Vancouver Police Department between 1904 and 1975. Theirs is the story of women who first joined as matrons and the slow, rather twisting path their role in policing travelled as it evolved into assignments as fully operational police constables. Set up chronologically, the chapters offer a record for each of the women hired, along with a brief synopsis of their careers. A sampling of real-life memories is also included. The story concludes with the women of 1975, as they were the first VPD women to become Certified Municipal Police Constables under the new rules regarding hiring and training of municipal police officers.
Excerpts from the Foreword and Endorsements
Vancouver's Women in Blue is a story of firsts within the Vancouver Police Department, and chronicles not just the names, but the lives of the women who dared to challenge the gender barriers before the phrase 'glass ceiling' was even coined... Their stories are ones of courage and determination...
Beverley Busson, RCMP Commissioner (retired)
An excellent read; former Deputy Chief Constable Carolyn Daley's history of the women in blue in the Vancouver Police Department is a story is that needs to be told... In her extremely impressive history, the former Deputy Chief takes her readers through the historical transformation of the Vancouver Police Department... A must read.
The Honourable Wally Oppal, QC
What I’m learning about the history of women in policing is mind-boggling. Not just the history of women in policing, but the history of the City of Vancouver! It’s all so interesting and inspiring. Deb Maitland
Thank you for putting this book together. I can tell that it was a labour of love (most of the time, anyway) and that you approached it with the focus, respect and attention to detail that was your calling card throughout your career. I was especially touched by the tribute to Candy. Mary Mah
What an amazing effort you put in! This is so much more than I anticipated, Carolyn.
Joanne Strong (nee Beamish)
I finished your book last week… I loved it! The stories were wonderful, interesting and I learned a lot about women in the police force. Paula Crocker
I am thoroughly enjoying your book! Not only is it well researched and ‘real’, you are giving me a chuckle with your fab sense of humour! I only knew most of the previously hired women superficially. You gave them personalities. I am looking forward to passing on copies to my 3 daughters. I don’t think they realize what we encountered in policing. Eve Desbrisay