Russian policewomen. Photo exhibition “Women in Police” was organized in the City Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Siberian Priangare, Irkutsk region. About 3 thousand police women are today in law enforcement of Priangarye. They are investigators, district commissioners, inspectors, juvenile forensic experts, dog handlers and even SWAT fighters. Gradually women officers break habitual attitude towards them as the weaker sex and master such specialties that not every man can handle. Until recently, in some units, say, riot or SWAT, girls were not taken.
After the October Revolution the new government, realizing the importance of the protection of public order in the country, created a new Soviet militia. And since the victory of the revolution was proclaimed the equality of all, the admission of women to serve in the police – in theory had not been restricted. In practice, the situation was somewhat different.
Women were employed in the police only when the state was not able to employ men. Reception was carried out on a general basis. Only in rare cases, women were addmitted to inspection service. This situation changed only with the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, when women replaced men policemen, went to the front. By the end of the war in the Soviet police already served nearly 20,000 women, with over five thousand – in the criminal investigation, and about five people – police inspectors.