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Glasgow's First South Asian Policewoman (clip)

Rushes for a TV news insert about Police Cadet Sawarnjit Matharu

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Police cadet Sawarnjit Matharu gives an interview on South Portland Street Suspension Bridge in Glasgow. Joining the police force in the 1970s, Sawarnjit remained with Strathclyde Police for five years. Dilawer Singh also appears in the clip. He was the first Asian and Sikh police officer in Scotland.

The clip includes a series of trims, the first showing demolition work. We then see additional shots of the photo shoot, further audio takes and footage of the interview. These help to highlight how a news piece is filmed.

Please note the clip contains several uses of the outdated term 'coloured'.

See for an interview with Sawarnjit Matharu.

Questions & Activities


  • Why did Sawarnjit Matharu join the police force?
  • Why was it a news story that she became a policewoman?
  • What do you think about news reporting today? Is it impartial?


This clip is made up of rushes. Re-edit these rushes to provide a comprehensive news report on Scotland's first South Asian Policewoman.

In the interview it is mentioned that Sawarnjit has made an unusual career choice. Watch the interview closely and discuss stereotypes and social expectations.

What pressures are placed on women in terms of their career and lifestyle choices today?

Discuss the importance of having a diverse police force and the relationship communities have to police officers.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-004-193-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Scottish Television
Project Ref T0025
Date 1974
Genre TV News Insert
School Subject Politics, Citizenship, Social Studies, Social History, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Religious and Moral Education
Subject Matter Citizenship, Immigration, South Asian, women's history, Racism, Punjabi, Employment
Who Scottish Television (production company), Sawarnjit Matharu
Where Glasgow
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 6:35
Film Length 10:34