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36 Police Women From Across many nations/countries

Policing is one of the toughest jobs anywhere in the world with long hours, dangerous shifts and acting as the last line of protection between the general public and tyranny a lot of the time. Despite its perils, this job is held in high regard wherever you are in the world and is done by those willing to put themselves out there on the streets. However, even in this progressive day and age, there are very few women in Police forces (generally speaking) and so in this gallery, we celebrate those who have taken up the cause in whatever country they happen to be in.

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1. Austria

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Ranked as one of the best police forces in the world in one of the most peaceful countries in the world, the Austrian Police force, as it is now, was only formed in 2005 by merging the Gendarmerie and the Polizei into the federal Police Force. With about 12% women within the force, the Austrian police force has a relatively high female presence compared to many other countries and even has all female task forces in certain cities.

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2. Poland

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15% of the Polish Policja are female and in 2015, the country nominated its first female chief of Police. Women have been allowed into the Polish police force since 1925, a centralized force that operates within the 17 municipal regions of the country.

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3. Iraq

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In a country of strict religious grounding, women have not always been allowed into the police force and even when they were, only lower rank positions were available to them, however, since 2009, this has changed and the first class of women advanced through elite officer training. A highly dangerous job in a country where insurgents often target figures of authority, it also one of the most highly paid.

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4. Japan

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Only around 7.7% of Japan’s police force are women and most are mainly on low-profile assignments such as traffic control. Up until the early 1990’s female officers were not armed, had to wear skirts instead of slacks, and were assigned to ‘less hazardous’ duties like traffic control, juvenile counseling, and office duties but this has slowly begun to change over time. It was only in 2009 that female officers were put on full time ‘koban’ duties or beat patrol.

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5. Iran

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In 2003, some 400 women were employed by Iranian law enforcement as the first female officers since the 1979 revolution and although some still remain within the ranks of the police force, they do not currently recruit female officers due to strict religious concerns.

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6. Malaysia

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Women have been a feature in the Malaysian police force since 1948 when they were employed to stop food supplies falling into the hands of communist terrorists and were needed to help check women for smuggling operations. In 1955 the  first intake of seven women’s with the rank of Women Police Inspector was undertaken, when the Policewoman unit was officially organized, and a year later 56 female police constables were employed.

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7. The Netherlands

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Nochtli Peralta Alvarez is a former police officer in The Netherlands turned Instagram model and athlete who you can follow at instagram.com/nochtlii. Still working as on officer when she turned her hand to modeling, she would regularly get recognized on the street. The Dutch Police Corps is split into 25 regional units and employs around 50,000 people in the country with officers regularly on patrol.

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8. Singapore

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Increasing steadily over the past decade, around 18% of the Singapore police force is now female with an estimated 8,800 uniformed officers, an increase from 14% in 2003. The Women Special Constabulary was first formed in 1949 as a voluntary unit and in 1990, women were allowed part-time positions on traffic patrol and by 2007, a Special Women’s Task Team comprising 23 female officers was formed.

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9. Peru

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Women were first recruited into the Peruvian National Police in 1992 were roles mainly consisted of traffic duties. Now, approximately 11% of the police force are female and greater efforts to employ more throughout the country have been put in place in an attempt to stamp out corruption.

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10. Pakistan

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Women make up only a tiny fraction of Pakistan’s overall police force at around just 0.89%. However, concerted efforts have been made to encourage more women to sign up as it has been found that it can go to greater lengths in helping combatting extremism and terrorism within the country with the US embassy also offering training.

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11. Israel

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With a makeup of around 16% women, the Israeli police force is a centralized force operating out of Jerusalem without any municipal departments. With around 35,000 persons on the payroll. There are also 70,000 Civil Guard volunteers who contribute time to assist officers in their own communities.

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12. England

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The women’s police force in England was first founded in 1914 and staffed by volunteers but a year later, the first female officer with the full powers of arrest was in employ. Around 27.3% of the police force in England and Wales are female.

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13. Chile

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In 1962, the Chilean police force was amongst the first uniformed services within the country to allow women into its ranks. Known as the Carabineros de Chile, the force was formed in 1927 and has jurisdiction over the whole country.

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14. China

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Gaining much attention on social media, this police officer in China’s Anyue County is said to be so beautiful and charming that she can persuade anyone. Often tasked with tackling illegal street vendors, she apparently has such a charming demeanor and smile that vendors do her bidding without arrest or confrontation.

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15. Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic National Police and has a separate division of tourism police that can be seen in certain parts of the country. A general police training school was established in 1966 in Dominica and women have been encouraged to join the police force due to the amount of violence directed towards women in the country.

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16. India

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The first woman to joins the Indian Police Service was in 1972 and since then the number has increased dramatically to around 105,000 which is about 6% of the overall force. Now, with over 400 all women police stations in India, a 2004 study found that this led to a 23% increase in reporting of violence against women and children, as well as a higher conviction rate.

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17. Jordan 

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Jordan was the first Arab country to employ policewomen within its law enforcement in 1972 when they primarily used in the police laboratory, in budgeting and accounting, public relations, licensing, and in prison operations. However, operations and patrolling opportunities have become increased and far more frequent since then and they are now also visible on border security.

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18. Norway

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31% of Norway’s police force are women with the aim of making the number 40% very soon, it seems more than likely that half of the police force will be female in the next few years. Dating back to the 13th century, the Norwegian police force is relatively small with around 13,000 employees of which 8,000 are officers.

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19. South Korea 

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Headlines were set ablaze in South Korea and internationally when former Maxim model Kim Miso announced she was to join the Korean police force. Miss Miso was a Miss Maxim Korea 2014 contestant before joining the police force in the capital of South Korea, Seoul.

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20. Russia

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The Russian police force was thrust into the headlines when one of its cadets went on to become Miss St Petersburg. A young, Oxana Federova then went on to become  Miss Kalokagathia 1999, Miss Fitness, Miss Fortune, and Miss Russia 2001 but declined the opportunity to go to Miss Universe that year in order to carry on in her studies. In 2002, Oxana then went on to win Miss Universe and then went on to be named the most beautiful miss Universe ever in 2011. After her Miss Universe stint came to an end Oxana went on to get a Ph.D. and then returned to the police force going on to be being promoted to Captain in September 2002 and Major in 2005.

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21. Philippines

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Sofia Loren Deliu is a police officer in the Philippines and also a Miss Philippines Earth Contestant in 2015. A beauty pageant contestant before she joined the Philippines National Police force, in sich contests as Miss Teen Philippines 2006 and Miss Baguio 2008, Ms. Deliu continued to enter into pageants after her successful enrollment into the police force and even received support from the country’s leaders. She is now part of the security detail for President Rodrigo Duerte.

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22. Yemen

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The first corps of policewomen in Yemen was employed in 1999 and today, some 2,000 women serve in Yemen’s internal security forces. However, numbers are steadily decreasing as the profession is widely seen as male orientated and parents are reluctant to let their children sign up.

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23. Sweden

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Women make up 40% of the overall staff of the Swedish police force and 28% of the officers, and the number is ever increasing with the first group of female police officers being employed in 1908. It wasn’t however, until 1957 that the possibility of becoming a Police Constable on patrol duty was made available to women.

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24. Taiwan

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Earlier this year, a young recruit into the Taiwan police force took the internet by storm for her good looks as pictures of her in her uniform were shared on social media. 23-year-old Huang Yichun graduated from the Taipei Police Academy in 2013 and now works for the Governmental Police Squad of New Taipei City in Taiwan.

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25. U.S.A

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The was the first American-born female police officer in the United States, was hired in 1910 but it took another six decades for numbers to really increase as, by 1970, only two percent of all police were women. The 90s saw this number begin to take off and in 1991, 9% of the force was female.

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26. Nicaragua

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Women make up almost 30 % of Nicaragua’s police force and the chief of police is also a woman. One of the highest ratios of policewomen in the force in the world, It began with the Sandinista revolution of 1979 which saw many women become guerrillas and fight on equal footing with men. When the Sandinista’s won the country, the perception of women in roles of authority had changed and more and more moved into law enforcement.

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27. North Korea

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Little is known about the set-up of most of North Korea’s security forces but women are predominantly seen in policing as traffic cops with one being awarded the country’s top honor in 2013 for an unspecified “heroic feat” leading some to speculate that she may have rescued the country’s supreme leader from a traffic accident.

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28. Lithuania

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With around 30.5% women in the police staff of Lithuania, it has a very high number of female staff members compared to other forces around the world.

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29. Indonesia

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Made up of 400,000 police officers, there are currently 13,000 female police officers in the Indonesian National Police, which is a branch of the country’s armed forces. In 2014 the country came under fire by the human rights watch for subjecting female applicants to the role to a virginity test. Despite complaints that this is invasive and derogatory, the practice is still believed to be in place.

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30. Italy

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There are three kinds of police in Italy, the Polizia, who deal with local policing issues, the Vigili, who are town police dealing mostly with road traffic infringements, and the Carabinieri who are the military police. Until 1999 it was not possible for women to join the latter of these police forces and in 2007, the Polizia made headlines when it issued ‘official’ stilettos to its 14,750 female officers to give their uniform a “younger, sexier look.”

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31. Germany

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A senior police commissioner in Germany was bombarded by messages from adoring fans when her Instagram photos went viral. Adrienne Koleszar  competed in the bikini class of the Bodybuilding-WM in 2015 and has gained a lot of recognition online with some fans even going so far as to be begged to be arrested.

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32. Canada

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Rose Fortune was Canada’s first female police officer in the 19th century but it wasn’t until 1912 that women were ‘officially’ allowed to become police officers. Women officers account for 20.8% of the Canadian officers in the police force.

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33. Iceland

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There is no military or armed forces in Iceland so all law enforcement falls under the jurisdiction of the Icelandic Police force except for that of Icelandic waters which are patrolled by the Icelandic coastguard. There are around 653 police officers in total in the country, 95 of which are women. With the first and only ever shooting death in the country from a police operation happening in 2013, Iceland consistently ranks as the safest police force.

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34. Turkey

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There is an ongoing gender equality struggle in Turkey and, in a largely Islamic country, Women were often kept out of the police force by not being able to wear headscarves if serving, however, this ban was lifted in September 2016.

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35. France

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There are two police forces in France called “Police Nationale” and “Gendarmerie Nationale” with the Gendarmerie being a military branch. Women were initially hindered from entering the police force due to a French law from 1892 banned women from working at night. The ban wasn’t abolished by the French parliament until 2000

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36. Australia

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The police force in Australia is composed of different uniformed officers over a number of states.These police women pictured herein are from the South Australian police force whose images would represent more or less the type of women in the Australian police force

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POLICE CHARGE NAKED WOMAN WITH DRINK DRIVING OFFENSE IN AUSTRALIA

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A CASINO woman was completely naked and told police she’d had 10 schooners of beer, two cans of beer and a whole bottle of wine when she was pulled over while driving along Johnston St in Casino earlier this year.

Just after midnight on February 20, police patrolling the Casino CBD noticed a Holden Commodore sedan driving extremely slowly, without its headlights on.

Cynthia Fay Dickson was stopped by police when she turned into Walker St.

When an officer approached Dickson’s Commodore, he noticed she was completely naked and affected by alcohol, police facts stated.

“The accused did not have one stitch of clothing on or any footwear, her speech was slurred and difficult to understand, her eyes were glassy/bloodshot and the vehicle reeked of alcohol,” police facts tendered yesterday before Casino Local Court stated.

Dickson then underwent a roadside breath test, which returned a positive high-range reading.

She was arrested and given a blanket to cover herself, while she was taken to Casino police station for a second breath test.

In an interview with police, Dickson said she had 10 schooners of XXXX beer at a Casino pub, before going home and having two cans of XXXX beer and a full bottle of wine.

Officers were told this occurred between 5.30pm and 11.25pm the evening before, and she hadn’t eaten during that time.

Despite being clearly affected by alcohol, police facts said Dickson was open about why she was naked: “When questioned about her naked state, the accused was rather calm and collected, indicating to police she simply decided to go for a drive to Lismore.”

At Casino police station, Dickson registered a mid-range blood alcohol reading of 0.135.

When she was told about the result of the breath test Dickson had more words with police.

“That’s bad, I am fu**ed,” police facts stated.

“Who cares, you just learn not to do it again.”

When Dickson appeared before Magistrate David Heilpern at Casino Local Court yesterday, she pleaded guilty to mid-range drink driving.

She told the court she had completed the Traffic Offenders Program, which was an “eye opener” for her into what could have been a tragedy the night she was arrested.

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Victims of Oklahoma ex-police officer said they were forced into sex through fear

Oklahoma police officer found guilty of rape

Former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw cries after being found guilty of sexually assaulting 13 women, as lawyers representing the victims say they’re not pleased about the several counts that weren’t received.

Oklahoma City: Two of the women sexually assaulted by a former Oklahoma City policeman said on Friday they feared for their lives after the officer threatened them with arrest and violence if they did not perform sexual acts on him.

Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was found guilty by a jury on Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts against him that included rape and sexual assaults of 13 women.

He broke down in tears as the verdict was read and said, “I didn’t do it,” as he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. He faces life in prison.

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“All I could think of was he was going to shoot me, he was going to kill me,” Janie Liggons, one of the victims, told a news conference. She was pulled over by Holtzclaw and threatened.

“I kept pleading, ‘Don’t make me do this, sir. Are you going to shoot me?’ I was so afraid, so helpless.”

Five of the victims plan to sue the city over the incidents, an attorney told the news conference on Friday.

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Daniel Holtzclaw, right, was convicted of raping eight women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighbourhood. Photo: AP

Liggons was the first to report Holtzclaw to authorities, who then launched an investigation and found a dozen other women, all African-American, who said they were sexually assaulted by Holtzclaw, who is mixed race Asian and white.

Holtzclaw was fired by the police over the accusations in January 2015 after approximately three years on the job.

Liggons said she was different from other victims in that she did not have any outstanding warrants or convictions against her. Prosecutors said Holtzclaw preyed on women who had trouble with the law, thinking that their word would not stand up against his, adding he became more brazen with each attack.

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“He just picked the wrong lady to stop that night,” she said.

Another victim, Shardarion Hill, said she went into survival mode with Holtzclaw and was forced into doing what the man with the badge and gun wanted.

The defence attacked the credibility of the women who testified against Holtzclaw, saying they were dishonest.

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“Society tends not to believe black women or value them as other women are,” said Artist for Justice founder Grace Franklin, who stood in support of the 13 women.

The Oklahoma City Police Department backed the detectives who investigated Holtzclaw and the jury that convicted him.

“We are satisfied with the jury’s decision and firmly believe justice was served,” it said in a statement.

Holtzclaw faces a sentencing hearing on January 21.

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Ex-Policeman sentenced after having Glock sex with woman at Sydney police station

Used during a sexual encounter: A Glock.

A former police officer who had sex with a woman and allowed her to handle his gun at a police station has been sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment but is being assessed for an intensive correction order

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Mark Garner appeared before a Sydney court on Thursday after pleading guilty to two counts of misconduct in office.

Garner, 50, from the NSW Far North Coast, began a relationship with the woman after she went to Tweed Heads police station in June 2011 to say she had been sexually assaulted.

The former detective sergeant then had sex with the woman and used his Glock pistol as a sex toy during their intimate encounter.

He also accessed police files in an attempt to retrieve a laptop, which contained incriminating photos of himself and the woman.

The former police supervisor bowed his head and cried as Judge Ross Letherbarrow told the Downing Centre District Court that he had abused his position of power.

“It was a significant error of judgment. The offender abused a position of trust in relation to the victim,” Judge Letherbarrow said.

The court heard Garner suffered from depression and post traumatic stress disorder as a result of his time working as an officer who targeted outlawed bikie gangs.

The stress he endured resulted in a marital breakdown and he experienced a series of anxiety and panic attacks.

During the sentencing hearing, the court also heard that Garner had stopped drinking, had gone to a detox clinic and had “done his best” to restore his relationship with his family.

Judge Letherbarrow ordered that Garner be assessed for an intensive correction order.

An intensive correction order is a community-based punishment in which offenders must participate in rehabilitation programs, observe strict curfews, and undergo regular drug and alcohol testing.

The orders, introduced in July last year, also allow a court to set conditions such as a ban on drinking, travel restrictions, random breath tests and electronic monitoring with ankle bracelets.

Garner declined to comment about his sentence outside court.

He will next appear before the same court on March 20 to learn whether he is suitable for the order.

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FRANTIC CALL FOR HELP FROM POLICE CAME AS A PIZZA DELIVERY ORDER

Abused woman disguises pizza order to call police

A woman called 911 and pretended to order a pizza to alert the police that her abusive boyfriend was assaulting her.

Reporting domestic violence is often easier said than done but one woman in the United States found a way to fool her abusive partner by disguising her call for help as a pizza order.

Keith Weisinger, who worked as a police dispatcher between 2004-2006, said that when he took the call he thought the woman on the other end of the line may have been playing a prank but fortunately he didn’t hang up.

“This call occurred almost 10 years ago,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I worked the graveyard shift, 6pm–6am, and I remember this call being pretty late – close to midnight.”

After noticing the woman’s hurried responses Weisinger realised the pizza order was a coded call for help.

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According to the 911 operator here is how the conversation went down, as first posted on Reddit thread ‘911 Operators, what is the 1 call that you could never forget?’:

“911, where is your emergency?”

“123 Main St [actual address not given].”

“Ok, what’s going on there?”

“I’d like to order a pizza for delivery.” (oh great, another prank call).

“Ma’am, you’ve reached 911”

“Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers?”

“Ummm…. I’m sorry, you know you’ve called 911 right?

“Yeah, do you know how long it will be?”

“Ok, Ma’am, is everything ok over there? Do you have an emergency?”

“Yes, I do.”

“…And you can’t talk about it because there’s someone in the room with you?” (moment of realization

“Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?”

“I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?”

“Nope.”

“Can you stay on the phone with me?”

“Nope. See you soon, thanks”

Weisinger said he checked the history of the address and noticed it had domestic violence-related episodes in the past.

“The officer arrives and finds a couple, female was kind of banged up, and boyfriend was drunk,” his Reddit post reveals.

“Officer arrests him after she explains that the boyfriend had been beating her for a while. I thought she was pretty clever to use that trick.

“Definitely one of the most memorable calls,” he added.

While occasionally callers make an effort to meet the dispatchers who helped them through a distressing experience Weisinger, who now works as an environmental attorney, said he never found out what happened to the woman believed to be in her 30s.

“This is a part of the job most 911 dispatchers find frustrating. Beyond the immediate resolution – arrest, hospitalisation, etc – we rarely hear what happens to the people who call,” he told BuzzFeed.

And while he is being hailed a hero, Weisinger says it was the woman caller’s fast thinking that saved her.

“Whether she had thought of this trick before, or it just came to her she indicated the urgency of her situation without giving away the true purpose of her call.”

“Yeah, do you know how long it will be?”

“Ok, Ma’am, is everything ok over there? Do you have an emergency?

“Yes, I do.”

“…And you can’t talk about it because there’s someone in the room with you?” (moment of realization)

“Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?”

“I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?”

“Nope.”

“Can you stay on the phone with me?”

“Nope. See you soon, thanks”

Weisinger said he checked the history of the address and noticed it had domestic violence-related episodes in the past.

“The officer arrives and finds a couple, female was kind of banged up, and boyfriend was drunk,” his Reddit post reveals.

“Officer arrests him after she explains that the boyfriend had been beating her for a while. I thought she was pretty clever to use that trick.

“Definitely one of the most memorable calls,” he added.

While occasionally callers make an effort to meet the dispatchers who helped them through a distressing experience Weisinger, who now works as an environmental attorney, said he never found out what happened to the woman believed to be in her 30s.

“This is a part of the job most 911 dispatchers find frustrating. Beyond the immediate resolution – arrest, hospitalisation, etc – we rarely hear what happens to the people who call,” he told BuzzFeed.

And while he is being hailed a hero, Weisinger says it was the woman caller’s fast thinking that saved her.

“Whether she had thought of this trick before, or it just came to her she indicated the urgency of her situation without giving away the true purpose of her call

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POLICEWOMAN WOKE TO FIND COLLEGUE HAVING SEX WITH HER

A Sydney Australia police officer says she woke up to find a senior colleague half naked and sexually assaulting her “with a grin on his face” after an office party, a court has heard.

Accused Timothy John Snow.

Timothy John Snow is accused of getting into bed with the woman, who cannot be identified, and touching her genitals, after she earlier rejected his advances during the party to farewell a colleague in February 2011.

Mr Snow, who held the rank of sergeant at the time, has pleaded not guilty to having sexual intercourse with the woman without her consent and to the alternative charge of indecent assault.

On the opening day of Mr Snow’s trial, Crown prosecutor Frank Veltro said members of a Sydney police squad stayed in a rented apartment on the night of February 17, after a day of golf, drinks and a meal

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“During the course of the speeches a few of the officers moved outside and the complainant found herself sitting next to the accused,” Mr Veltro told the jury at Downing Centre District Court on Monday.

“It’s then the accused placed his hand on her thigh. The complainant picked it up and took it off, but he replaced it.

“The complainant became upset … and even angry and got up and walked away.”

Later that night several colleagues went back to their accommodation and, after lying on the couch with Mr Snow during a group conversation, the woman took a sleeping tablet and got into the bed she was sharing with a female colleague.

Mr Veltro said the colleague will give evidence she heard Mr Snow say “I love you” to the woman, who said, “You can’t, you just need to forget me.”

The trial will be told Mr Snow later returned to the room and got into the bed, before the female colleague left the pair alone, Mr Veltro said.

The alleged victim will give evidence she was asleep and woke up to find her pyjama pants were missing and Mr Snow, who was wearing boxer shorts, was touching her.

“She opened her eyes and saw it was the accused with a grin on his face,” Mr Veltro said.

Mr Veltro said Mr Snow knew the woman was not consenting because she was asleep and he knew she had taken a sleeping tablet and drunk alcohol that night.

Defence barrister Raymond Hood urged the jury to use their common sense when considering the evidence.

Mr Hood said the woman had laid her head in Mr Snow’s lap while they were on the couch before the alleged incident and allowed him to stroke her hair.

There would be evidence the woman also called Mr Snow the next morning, Mr Hood said.

He said the jury would have to consider whether the woman’s evidence, which will be heavily relied on by the Crown, was accurate.

“The lady well knew what was taking place that particular time and she was consenting to what was taking place at that particular time.”

The trial continues before Judge Brian Knox

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