Under the theme: “Mentoring the Next Generation,” 16 female officers of the Guyana Police Force / Guyana Association of Women Police (GAWP), led by Deputy Commissioner Maxine Graham, DSM, and Superintendent Grace Davis, received mentoring, and training in peer support, during the 57th International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Annual Training Conference held in Anchorage, Alaska.
The female officers, during the Sept. 23-27 Conference also benefited from training in areas such as Leadership, the Origins of Sexual Violence, Gender Equality in Law Enforcement and Human Trafficking among others at the forum where more than 800 delegates from 43 countries were in attendance.
The IAWP, during its annual outreach programs, encourages female officers and other ranks to attend and benefit from this training, which will enhance their capacity and help them to perform more efficiently and effectively, something of which has been successful over the years, and which the Guyanese officers will deeply benefit from, after they return to Guyana.
The Guyanese officers arrived at the Den’ina Civic and Convention Center on Friday, Sept. 20 where the conference was hosted for the third time.
The opening ceremony was held on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, followed by the parade of the nations through the downtown area of Alaska with the Guyanese officers proudly carrying a large Golden Arrowhead Guyana flag.
According to the IAWP website, the organization was founded in 1915 to strengthen, unite and raise the capacity of women in policing internationally.
The IAWP has members in more than 60 countries and supports the unique role women play in law enforcement.