Over 50 members of the International Association of Women Police’s (IAWP) wing of the Ghana Police Service and other law enforcement agencies in Ghana, joined hundreds of their colleague officers from 35 other countries around the world for the 2018 International Association of Women Police conference in the City of Calgary, Canada.
This year’s event, which took place at the BMO Centre from Aug. 26 to 30, was on the theme “Leading Change.”
Participants discussed topics ranging from respect, bullying and harassment, diversity and inclusion, recruiting and employee retention and organizational change confronting women in law enforcement.
This is the first time the international conference, now in its 56th year, has been held in Calgary. The International Association of Women Police was established in Los Angeles in 1915 with the aim of providing professional development, mentoring and training for female law enforcement officers. The organization has members in more than 60 countries.
Delegates heard from speakers from police services in countries such as Guyana, Norway, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Ghana, Australia and New Zealand amongst others.
In an interview with Canada based ‘Ghanaian News’ Newspaper, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, who also attended this year’s forum, applauded organisers of the conference for their dedication in providing networking opportunity for female officers.
She said, “I hope that participants impact change within their organizations. The conference was started in 1915 to empower, support and build up women in police organizations.”
“This year’s conference focused on the policing world and how we can all lead change in our communities and workplace.”
“I’ve been to a couple of conferences where you build friendships, you build mentorships and you build leadership but this year’s experience was incredible one.”
“I must commend the efforts of the organisers for their wonderful work in putting up such a successful conference. As a participant, I believe we can learn from each other and network with each other. We must learn to move forward, lead that change and be accountable,” she added.
Some of the Ghanaian delegation for this year’s IAWP conference included COP Mr. Prosper Ablorh, COP Mr. Nathan Kofi Boakye, COP Mrs. Beatrice Vib Sanziri, COP Mr. Yaggy Akuriba and DCOP Mrs. Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah.
The rest were DCOP Mrs. Sabina Mensah (Director of Logistics) and DCOP Dr. Mrs. Marian Tetteh-Korboe (Medical Director) alongside personnel from the Ghana Immigration Service led by the Deputy Controller-General in-charge of Finance and Administration, Mrs. Judith Dzokoto-Lomoh.