YM Raja Nor Jasmin binti Raja Haji Shahar Shah, first batch of Women Police of the Federation of Malay States

The role and contributions of the Perak royals in the military and police force shall not be disputed. Alongside with DYMM Sultan Iskandar Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Idris Murshidul Azzam Shah  (the first ever Malay to attained the rank of Assistant Commissioner of FMS Police Force), DYAM Raja Dato’ Seri Ahmad Hisham bin Raja Abdul Malik (the most senior Malay officer in the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) prior to the Japanese occupation) and YAM Brigadier General Raja Dato’ Seri Lope Nur Rashid bin Raja Abdul Rahman (among the first 25 Malay youths to join the first Experimental Squad of the Royal Malay Regiment), we shall not forget about YM Raja Nor Jasmin binti Raja Haji Shahar Shah.

The daughter of YM Raja Haji Shahar Shah bin Raja Harun al Rashid was among the first batch of the country’s first Women Police Officers when it was formed in August 1955. Two months later, she was promoted as Inspector. Between the year 1958 and 1959, Raja Nor Jasmin was appointed Prosecutor at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court. In 1959, she was made acting Assistant Superintandent of Police (ASP).


The photo above shows the first batch of women police officers in 1955. YM Raja Jasmin binti Raja Haji Shahar Shah was seated 6 from the left. (Source: http://www.rmp.gov.my)

Briefly, the country’s first women police officers were recruited in August 1955. The recruitment of women began as a result of the passing of the Essential (Special Constabulary) Regulations 1948. One of the objectives in bringging women to the force was to draw out the women involved in the communist party during the Emergency (1948-1960). Women officers were recruited to undertake searches of female suspects in accordance with the Emergency laws.

In August 1955, the first Women’s branch was set up headed by an Assistant Director, Mrs. B. D. R. Wentworth.

Beginning of October 1955, seven Trainee Women Inspectors from the Women’s Branch underwent training with male Probation Inspectors at the Police Training Headquarters in Jalan Gurney, Kuala Lumpur.




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