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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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The clip opens with shots of the new Police Cadet Matharu Sawarnjit posing for photographers flanked by Policemen on motorbikes. We are also shown Dilawar Singh, a policeman in Glasgow, and learn a little of his career. Sawarnjit is then interviewed on South Portland Street Suspension Bridge. Glasgow Bridge and the railway bridge visible in the background. She discussses her reasons for joining the Police and how her background will affect her job. This is followed by 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 term 'coloured'.

Questions & Activities


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


Media Studies / Moving Image Education: This clip is made up of rushes. Re-edit these rushes to provide a comprehensive news report on Scotland's first South Asian Policewoman.

PSE: Discuss the term 'coloured'€™ and whether why this term is not used today.

Media Studies: The TV frequently cuts away to show photographers to suggest how newsworthy the story is. Try to think of other cliches used in the news to try to build hype around their activities.

Gender / RME / PSE: In the interview it is mentioned that it is an unusual career choice. She says that she is going against what the traditional way that Indian girls act. What do you think she meant by this. Do you think there is still a stereotype in certain types today?

PSE: What pressures are placed on young women in terms of their career choices today?

PSE: Discuss the importance of having ethnic minorities in the police 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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