Lee family youngster scores top art prize celebrating 100 years of women in policing

The next generation at Lee Security is starting young. Recently, young Oliver Crowson, the son of Jackie Crowson and Wayne Lee, our Operations and Technical Directors, let his artistic chops loose on a competition celebrating 100 years of women in policing.

For his efforts, the 7-year-old Oliver was awarded a runner-up certificate in the Metropolitan Police 100 Years of Women Art Competition. The contest was overseen by none other than Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick – the first woman to lead the force.

Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan, who led the competition with the 100 years campaign’s schools strand lead, Detective Superintendent Vicky Washington, said of the contest, “Running this competition to mark 100 years of women in the Met has been an incredible and rewarding experience – we were so impressed by the quality and range of entries, which made judging them very tricky.”

As a runner-up, Oliver not only got a chance to meet the Commissioner at New Scotland Yard but was taken on a boat trip along the River Thames with his fellow competition winners, and was given the chance to meet the Met’s marine police unit, and even some police dogs and horses.

The competition was launched at the start of the year to encourage young people to appreciate the contribution that female officers have been making to the police force since 1919.

The contest was open to youngsters aged between five and fifteen, with 270 entries from 34 different schools in the London area split into three categories. Applicants were encouraged to use their imaginations and contribute in any medium including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and moving images.

It was part of a wider campaign not only celebrating the last 100 years of women in uniform but urging more women to follow in their footsteps.

Cressida Dick has stated that it’s her long-term goal for women to represent  50% of the force, up from the current 27%. She is particularly keen for black and ethnic minority women to apply, as they currently represent only 3% of the workforce.

Previous campaign events have also included an exhibition of historic artefacts relating to females at the Met’s heritage centre and a celebratory procession of female officers and other emergency service workers in central London to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March.

In April, a photographic exhibition also opened at City Hall showcasing the diversity of the roles undertaken by current 8,000 Met women, and on 17 May (a hundred years to the day after female officers were first seen in uniform in public), a special service was held at Westminster Abbey.

Oliver was delighted with his win and we wish him all the best in the future!