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Glasgow's First South Asian Policewoman (clip)

Rushes for a TV news insert about Police Cadet Matharu Sawarnjit

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Description

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Please note the clip contains several uses of the outdated term 'coloured'.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 https://www.colourfulheritage.com/portfolio/sawarnjit-matharu/ for an interview with Sawarnjit Matharu.

Questions & Activities

Questions

  • Why did Sawarnjit joint the police force?
  • Where was she born and when did she come to Britain?
  • Why was it a big news story that she became a policewoman?

Activities

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 c.1980
Genre TV News Insert
School Subject Politics, Social History, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Religious and Moral Education
Subject Matter Citizenship, Literacy
Who Scottish Television (production company)
Where Glasgow
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 6:35
Film Length 10:34
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