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British policewoman notes illegal parking

Policewoman or police hostess (abbreviated PH) describes a female service worker in a community who is mainly or exclusively used to monitor stationary traffic . The term for male police officers is auxiliary policeman or politeur .


The term "Politesse" is a suitcase word from a new creation through an artificial combination of police and hostess . In the 1970s, the term "female members of the auxiliary police" was also often used. In the English-speaking world, the term meter maid ("parking meter maid ") is in use, which goes back to the American expression for parking meter and arose between 1955 and 1960. The French term politesse ("courtesy") is a false friend .


Old uniforms from Zurich police officers

The uniformed policemen are usually used to punish traffic offenses in road traffic, depending on the municipality mainly or exclusively in stationary traffic (e.g. parking violations ).

The policewoman is not a training profession, the necessary knowledge is imparted in courses. The remuneration is mainly based on the collective agreement for the public service . Politessen is sometimes assumed to be paid according to the number of written warnings distributed and to proceed accordingly ungraciously. In some cities in the UK they are regularly the target of attacks and abuse.


  • A sketch by Loriot takes up this profession in satirical form.
  • The Beatles dedicated a song to the meter maid .
  • In addition to police officers and TÜV inspectors, police officers are also repeatedly victims of verbal attacks by the comic figure Werner in the comics of the same name .

Surfers Paradise Meter Maids

Meter Maid in Surfers Paradise

The Surfers Paradise Meter Maids are young women in skimpy clothing who have been refilling expired parking meters with change since 1965 in Surfers Paradise , a tourist center on Australia's east coast and part of the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland . The campaign, originally intended as a protest against parking space management, has now established itself and the Meter Maids are now considered to be the image bearers of the region.

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: Politesse  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. traffic monitor / auxiliary policeman in Berufenet the Federal Employment Agency
  2. Duden Online
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  4. ↑ Concave mirror . In: Der Spiegel . No. 41 , 1970 ( online ).
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  7. Duisburg policewoman beaten up for parking badges. derwesten.de, accessed on October 25, 2016 .
  8. ^ Confessions of a parking attendant . In: BBC . June 1, 2005 (English, news.bbc.co.uk [accessed May 25, 2015]).
  9. Loriot police officer
  10. Werner or what? Rötger Feldmann alias Brösel and his cult comic Werner - goethe.de ( Memento from June 18, 2006 in the Internet Archive ). Accessed June 1, 2013.
  11. Mark Chipperfield: Time is running out for Queensland's meter maids. In: The Telegraph (UK). September 22, 2002.