The passing out parade of the first Nigerian women's police. Also shows the policewomen on duty.
The commentator introduces 'this historic parade at the Southern Police ground' from 26 April 1956. The film shows the women marching at Ikeja, while crowds of African and Europeans watch. The uniformed women are shown in close-up, before R.J.P. McLaughlan, Inspector General of the Police, reviews the parade (his last in his present role). The commentator notes that the women are unarmed, but adds that 'whether on parade or off, they are more than capable of holding their own with the men'. Further shots of the crowd follow the large crowd 'reflected the keenness of the interest which the people of Nigeria have in their women Police' after which the best male and female recruits are called forward. The male recruit is awarded a baton 'symbolic weapon to be cherished' while the woman receives 'a morocco leather case bearing the Police badge in silver'. The women lead the parade off, before the film cuts to scenes of the women police in action. First, a policewoman attends to a small (staged) cycling accident. Next, a policewoman stops traffic and helps schoolchildren across the road. The commentator concludes that 'there can be no doubt in anyone's mind, that the women's section will be a credit to the Nigeria Police'.
Credit: Colonial Film