OFFICERS who attended the International Association of Women Police conference in Canada benefitted from “valuable and varied” training.
Julia Jaeger said the event provided “a brilliant opportunity to network with police women from all over the world and taste international policing and to find that with some of the issues facing us, we are not on our own.”
Delegates at the Winnipeg conference in September 2014 examined issues such as gender issues in the workplace and in crime investigation. Human trafficking, female genital mutilation and leadership and personal development were all discussed at the conference titled “The Strength of Many Embracing Human Rights”.
Julia, a retired inspector from the Met and British Association for Women in Policing committee member, is also one of the organisers for the 2015 event in Wales.
She added: “It gave that opportunity to get top level training on all sorts of relevant topics. Everyone who was there was surprised by how valuable and varied it was.”
A 12-strong contingent represented the UK at the event, including Jane Townsley, president of IAWP; Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland, of South Wales Police, Insp Hazel Brady, of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and PCSO Guinnie Mooneesawmy, of the Met Police.
The team marched with the Union Jack in the opening parade on the first day and took part in the memorial service to all Canadian Police officers killed on duty.
Sgt Donna Clutterbuck and Insp Nicky Flower of South Wales Police ran a host night for next year’s conference at a local pub themed along Welsh culture with a choir from the Winnipeg Welsh society (pictured).
Their hard work was appreciated by guests and hosts alike as they handed out hundreds of Welsh cakes.
Julia added that it was an “amazing trip” and invited people to sign up for 2015’s event – coming up soon.
The conference, which will be held at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff between 23 and 27 August, will celebrate the IAWP’s centenary as well as 100 years of women in British policing.
There will be an exhibition looking at the history police women in the UK as well as training and seminars on topics including gender responsive policing and how unconscious bias can affect the workplace.
Delegates will also examine the Gender Agenda 3 – see pages 1 and 7 - and see how it is being applied in policing in this country.
BAWP secretary Carolyn Williamson says: “The comprehensive training programme is being formed, looking at issues including operational policing, personal development and strategic planning, so there should be something for everyone – officers and staff.
“On the social side, arrangements are in hand for a block booking at Cardiff Castle’s Medieval Banquet, and a special Cultural Evening in the magnificent Millennium Centre.”