HYDERABAD: The first-ever three-day international conference in India on ‘Women in Law Enforcement’ would be held here from Tuesday. The conference is being jointly organised by the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) and Charles Sturt University of Australia.
“We wish to focus on policing at leadership level from a global perspective. The conference aims to ensure maximum exchange of ideas and also create a network of women law enforcers and academics to tackle issues in an otherwise male dominated system,” Aruna Bahuguna, director of SVPNPA said at a press conference here on Monday.
The participants include 51 foreign delegates from Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, Bangladesh, United States, Pakistan etc and 70 from India.
The best minds from the academia and policing organisations from the world over have been invited to share their on-going study and research on the many complex dimensions of law enforcement and also enable the practitioners to learn from each other’s experiences the many intricacies related to law enforcement in areas such as forensic science, international police cooperation, regional security and addressing concerning women in police, Bahuguna said.
The main challenge for the police is to keep pace with the changing dynamics of institutions and social mores, perceptions and expectations from the processes of law enforcement, she said
INTERPOL’s Julia Viedma, who is credited with enhancement of its global partnerships, Ana B Hinojose, deputy assistant commissioner, US, an expert in border related issues for 28 years, Angela Scott, who was the deputy senior investigating officer for the July 7, 2005 London bombings would be among the experts to share their views and experiences.
Professor Tracey Green of Charles Sturt University, Australia, said that empirical studies stress that women humanise the police, bring greater emotional intelligence to the work, reduce the use of force and de-escalate violence in police-public interactions. The conference would help galvanize a powerful policing constituency, contribute to development of resilient and efficient police organisation, she said.
The university located in New South Wales, Victoria is the world’s largest provider of law enforcement education and had entered into a memorandum of understanding with the NPA.
Deliberations of the conference would be published and made available for use by police departments. The conference would be held between 9 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. and the valedictory address on October 8 would be delivered by Union HRD minister Smriti Irani.