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A Nottinghamshire Police officer is appealing to the public’s help as he carries out research into the role of women in policing over the past century.

PC Robert Phillips is carrying out the research to mark 100 years of women working in policing with Nottinghamshire Police and would like to hear from retired female officers, police matrons, or their relatives who may wish to share their memories, both good and bad.

He is also asking anyone with photographs to scan and send them to him.

The officer is particularly interested in anyone with information about Nottinghamshire’s first female Chief Inspector, Jessie Alexander.

She was born and raised in Scotland, joined Nottinghamshire Police in March 1936 and retired in March 1966, after being awarded the British Empire Medal in 1963.

She retired back to Scotland shortly after her retirement.

The information PC Phillips has is she was born in Woodside, Mauchline near to Ayr in Ayrshire. She is believed to have died in 1986, aged 80.

If you can help with any further information about Jessie Alexander’s life, or have any stories or photographs please get in touch.

You can contact PC Phillips via email at robert.phillips@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.