The Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps (WAPC) was established in August 1939, for women between the ages of 18 and 55. The Government’s National Service Handbook had no plan for enrolling women as Special Constables, and so the National Council for Women pressed for and were successful in ensuring the creation of the WAPC. They dealt with a large range of police duties, initially mainly administrative but expanding to take on roles formerly performed by Police Officers.. They were issued with a WAPC uniform and a Police Warrant Card.
Ethel M Wendon was a WAPC officer with Hampshire Constabulary and was issued with her Warrant Card on 13th August 1943, which has a photograph of her in uniform. The uniform is distinguished from other police uniforms by an embroidered badge with the letters WAPC thereon.