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RANK by Tess Merlin

…the Boys’ Club was rife, and it was powerful. To be labelled a ‘dog’ was the worst thing for a police officer. Regaining respect and reinstating a reputation were nigh on impossible…

…in the scheme of things though it didn’t come close to some of the names I’d been called since putting on the pale blue uniform. Both by colleagues and members of the public…

The introduction of women into the Police ranks brought changes that some of the older male officers found very difficult to accept – so they didn’t.

This revealing insight into the challenges facing those early female officers highlights the fact that this is an ongoing issue – prevalent in all of the forces and services – even today.

RANK not only tells one policewoman’s own story in the workplace, but also the chilling story of being stalked in her private life.  

The effects of that experience continue to influence her decisions as the story follows  her struggle to be comfortable with an online presence to promote her new business and meet new people.

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