The South African Railways Police was established in 1916, to police the country's railways and harbours. It was later responsible for air services too.
In the Republic of South Africa the legislators established, in addition to the South African Police, a separate police force specifically for the purpose of protecting the distinctive interests of the S.A. Transport Services and at the same time guarding the gateways to the country — the harbours and international airports. This being specialised work, attention was not only paid to ordinary police work but in particular also to the national transport organisation with all its branches. The S.A. Railways Police amalgamated with the South African Police, on 1 October 1986.
The first group of lady constables completed their course on 30 March 1983, at the Railway College in Esselen Park.
The first group of lady constables photographed on the steps of the main entrance of the Railway College, Esselen Park, with front (left), genl-maj M. van Vuuren and lt-col C.H.E. Rönnebeck. The ladies are back left to right: Constables S.J. Ferreira, J.A. Ferreira, A.M. Coetzee, J. van Niekerk, S.A.J. Robberts. MIDDLE (left to right): Constables M.A. Pretorius, S.M. Swart, E.M. Carstens and E.C. Wessels.
Source: SASSAR, Junie 1973
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