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Developing the Leadership Mastery

of Regional Female Law Enforcement Ofcers

Changing the Face of Policing

Conference Programme 2007

June 10th 14th 2007 The Cascadia Hotel and Conference Centre St. Anns, Port Of Spain Trinidad and Tobago

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Compiled by ASP Ann Marie Alleyne and Cpl. Wendy Grifth-Nesbitt Photographs supplied by the Tourism Development Company Limited of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago is a multicultural society, which embraces the inuences and elements from its early settlers, the Carib and Arawaks, as well as those from Europe, the Spanish, French and Portuguese. Today the population of Trinidad and Tobago largely comprises people of African, East Indian, Chinese and Syrian descent race. Then there are those of mixed race, i.e. more than one race. This unique blend of the races has seen the island as a melting pot where the people despite the diversity live in peace and harmony with each other.

About Trinidad and Tobago

rolling and wining to the music on the streets. As a visitor you will certainly enjoy this experience! In the south-western part of Trinidad you will nd the famous pitch lake - some people bathe in the water at the lake, professing that it has healing proponents. You can also visit the north coast of the island where you will nd the fascinating beaches of Maracas and Las Cuevas and the scenic view. At Maracas, you can enjoy a tasty bake and shark a local delicacy. Its sister isle, Tobago, has several beautiful beaches such as Store Bay, Pigeon Point, Canoe Bay and many others. In the northern part of the island in the village of Plymouth, lies the famous mystery tomb. Tobago is truly a holiday paradise with its enchanting nylon pool and colourful reef. You can hire any small vessel/boat to take you out the reef or pool. There are also several forts in Tobago, since history has recorded Tobago being fought for about one hundred (100) times by the Europeans. Any visitor can visit Fort George in Scarborough, Fort Bennett and Fort James in Plymouth and many others.
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Las Cuevas

This beautiful island is known for the hosting of the greatest show on earth, its Carnival this is a spectacular display of colourful costumes, vibrating music and calypso dance usually held in the month of February. It commences with an early morning street party known as Jouvert. Carnival includes calypso, kaiso and soca composed by various singers. Sweet and majestic sounds come from the steel band, brass band and Disc Jockeys, all playing with a pulsating, rhythmic beat, with people, including thousands of visitors of every creed and race, just dancing, singing, jumping,

Fort James

Table of Contents
About Trinidad and Tobago Foreword by The Hon. Martin Joseph Greetings by the Commissioner of Police, Trevor Paul Message from the ACCP President, Paul Farquharson Welcome by the President of the Caribbean Association of Women Police, Indirah Adderley Maureen Elizabeth Dalton Dr. Amy Ramsay Dr. Amery Browne Bernie Ryan Keith Renaud Developing the Leadership Mastery of Regional Female Law Enforcement Ofcers Conference Topics at a Glance Topics at a Glance Sgt. Sheila Prince WPCs in Training Fallen but not forgotten The Life and Times of Pioneer Doreen Lumpress-Noel The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Conference Venues About Trinidad and Tobago (continued) CAWPs Steering/Planning Committee/CAWO Secretariat 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 16 18 20 22 25 26 29 30 31 32

Changing the Face of Policing

Produced by Supt. Amber Denoon and Wendy Campbell Main Photographers: Cpl. Keith Phillip, Ag. Cpl. Theophilus Babb, Danielle Antoine, Kirt Carmona, Antonio Diaz, Russell Gardner, Russell George, John Lewis, Junior Nottingham, Nigel Stephen, Ellis Stewart, Lovenia Warner and Gary Youm of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Audio-Visual Unit Design and Layout by Paria Publishing Co. Ltd. Printed by Caribbean Paper & Printed Products (1993) Ltd.


The Hon. MartinSecurity of Trinidad and Tobago Joseph Minister of National

Dynamic and effective leadership by police executives is a vital element in the reform of our police institutions throughout the Caribbean region. This is a vital foundation in any comprehensive program to modernise and better equip police institutions to meet the challenges of 21st century. We are in a complex era of policing. An era where criminal activity including murder, organised crime, drug production and trafcking are more prevalent than ever before, and the violence and lawlessness it fuels, poses a very real danger to our dreams of peace and stability. In these turbulent times, police organisations need hardy leadership, men and women who are fully committed to the international policing ideals of integrity, respect, compassion and competence. Like anywhere else, the citizens of the Caribbean have a right to demand safety and security in their communities and environs. Police institutions throughout the region must ensure that this demand is met and must inspire the trust of the communities they serve. This process takes time. Our police institutions must be supported by modern legislative and regulatory framework; infrastructure and equipment necessary to execute their duties effectively and efciently; continuous training in all aspects of crime investigative techniques and intelligence gathering; and, human resources that is competent and skilled. Leadership therefore will be the most important resource that the police institution can possess. Historically in the Caribbean, that leadership has been provided by men though over the past thirty years, the proportion of women serving as law enforcement personnel has been growing. However, there are still signicant hurdles to be negotiated by women as they seek to take on leadership roles in Police organisations in the Caribbean. The issues, problems and challenges that women continue to face in this quest are not insurmountable. The hosting of the 2nd Annual Caribbean Association of Women Police (CAWP) conference is a clear indicator that work is underway to increase the presence of female ofcers where women have traditionally been under-represented. The success of female students at secondary and tertiary level education suggests that women should be utilised to play a vital role in the ght against crime and in the transformation of the police organisation. It will be leadership that determines whether police organisations successfully harness the emerging opportunities and overcome the challenges including that of creating an organisation culture that values the diversity of women at the executive level. This and other issues will be explored during the conference, which has as its theme Developing the Leadership Mastery of Regional Female Law Enforcement Ofcers. I look forward to the progress that will be made and wish you all success in your deliberations. Martin R. Joseph Minister of National Security The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago


Trevor Paul Commissioner of Police Trinidad and Tobagos

As Commissioner of Police of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, it is with great pleasure and appreciation that I undertake to share in the celebration of the second anniversary of the Caribbean Association of Women Police (CAWP) conference hosted in Port of Spain, Trinidad by the Trinidad and Tobago Women Police. The inaugural conference was successfully hosted by the Bahamas Women Police in March 2006 in the Bahamas. This years conference would include delegates from the Caribbean Association of Women Police. The Association is the regional organisation representing female police ofcers of any rank/position in about sixteen (16) countries namely: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Belise, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, French Antilles, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St.Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and Trinidad and Tobago. This years conference will also include all Law Enforcement Agencies-Private Security Firms, Fire Services and Airport Authority, so that we project at least 400 women participating in this life changing event. During the four-days of the conference delegates will hear from feature prominent speakers from diverse backgrounds, including Ministries, University Professors and senior women in law Enforcement from the region, as well as from the UK and Canada. These speakers will confer on this Years theme and topics relating to the theme, that is Developing the Leadership Mastery of Regional Female Law Enforcement Ofcers. I know that, these topics would assist participants to gain more knowledge and techniques on leadership skills so they can better equip themselves to deal with work related issues and personal challenges that they may face from time to time in the feminine profession. With this in mind, truly, I must say that I am delighted to have the opportunity to participate on this occasion. It has been recognised that women police have come a long way in policing since their induction to the Police Service. It has also been recognised, that although overall, the number of women in sworn law enforcement positions remains relatively small, women have played a meaningful role in changing the face of policing for our military services. They have made tremendous gains in command and supervisory law enforcement positions. They have performed excellently in serving their country as members of our Armed Forces, working to protect, serve and ensure the safety and security of our communities. Research has shown that women police have the brains, the skills and the experience to make signicant contributions to our nations war on crime. This is what we urgently need for the Caribbean region, today. I would like to add that a great example of those skills and experience is reected in the hard work and endeavours that have been portrayed by these women police across the Caribbean in establishing the Caribbean Association of Women Police. With all these thoughts in mind, we must acknowledge that the portfolio of women ofcers is as important to policing than that of the portfolio of men ofcers since it also edies, enhances and brings unique srtrengths to organisation. In conclusion, on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, I would like to once again welcome all delegates to the second anniversary of the Caribbean Association of Women Police conference. I would also bid a special welcome to our foreign delegates. Do enjoy your stay with us. With Best Wishes! Commissioner of Police, Trevor Paul

It is with tremendous pride and admiration I take this opportunity to proffer a few words on the occasion of the second annual meeting of the Caribbean Association of Woman Police (CAWP). I vividly recall the idea, processes and events, which gave birth to this very important organisation of female law enforcement ofcers in the region. It was at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference held in Miami, in September, 2005, that I met with female representatives of the IACP to look at the feasibility of creating a regional body that will specically address issues related to women in the law enforcement profession in the Caribbean. This was a very productive and encouraging meeting, which cemented the idea of the formation of a regional organisation. In pursuit of this grand objective, in October 2005, I met with female ofcers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and challenged them to take the lead in forming an association, by hosting a regional conference in the Bahamas. The challenge was accepted and with the full endorsement of the membership of the ACCP, the conference was held in Nassau in March 2006. We are now at the point where the second annual conference is being held in Trinidad and Tobago, a country that is very near and dear to me. I am aware that Commissioner Trevor Paul has been a very strong advocate for promoting the welfare of both male and female ofcers, and I am particularly pleased that he has also taken the responsibility to serve as the host of this years conference. In that regard, I must say thanks to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for supporting the event. On behalf of the membership of the ACCP, I wish to express our fullest support and best wishes to the organising committee for a very successful conference. I have no doubt that all your objectives will be met, and the continued growth and development of your organisation will be assured.

Paul Farquharson Commissioner of Police, Bahamas, ACCP President

ours in Servi Y


Paul Farquharson Commissioner of Police, Bahamas ACCP President


Indirah Adderley
The Secretary General of the United Nation in his message for International Women Day 8th March 2007 under the theme Ending impunity for violence against Women and Girls stated that Empowering women is not only a goal in itself. It is a condition for building better lives for everyone. The endorsement of the Caribbean Association of Women Police by the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) undoubtedly signies the enhancement of security initiatives in the region that will further develop best practices and strengthen both men and women in law enforcement. The CAWP is signicant because we have been given an opportunity which has never been available to any other generation of women in the history of the region. I believe that what we are doing is fullling the ideals and hopes of the many women and men who came before us. They probably could not have imagined these times, but they worked together generation after generation to open doors that can never be closed. As we move forward in our quest to becoming decision makers, creating change and meeting the challenges set before us we must always remember that we are partners with our male counterparts and we are all striving to make our communities more peaceful and tranquilly to live in. Congratulations to The Bahamas, Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda who have formed their police women associations. I encourage all female ofcers in the region to develop their own local associations to encourage unity and progression among women police ofcers.

President Caribbean Association of Women Police


Maureen Elizabeth Dalton Consultant, Obstretrics and Gynecology

A woman with a strong medical background, Maureen Elizabeth Dalton is the current obstetrics and gynecology consultant at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. In previous appointments, Ms. Dalton performed the role of consultant in obstetrics and gynecology at City Hospitals, Sunderland, from 1989-2004, and was the registrar in obstetrics and gynecology at the London Hospital from 1980 to 1983. Ms Dalton has also lectured in the eld of obstetrics and gynecology at Leeds University (St. James University Hospital) from 1983 to 1988. Her role in this conference is valued as she was closely involved in the development of REACH (Rape, Examination and Counseling and Help) centers, established over 10 years ago. According to Ms. Dalton, REACH was named as best practice in the recent report from Her Majesty Inspectorate of Constabulary and Crown Prosecution Service on Rape in 2001. She was also elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1994,and also fellow of the faculty of family planning and reproductive medicine of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2006. Ms. Dalton became a founding fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and legal medicine of the Royal college of Physicians in 2006, and chairs an intercollegiate group establishing a diploma as competence to manage victims of sexual assault.


Dr. Amy Ramsay

Dr. Amy Ramsay earned her second doctoral degree from Capella University (St. Paul, MN) in the Philosophy of Management and Organisation with a specialisation in Leadership in March 2005. Her rst PhD was in Criminal Justice from Southwest University. Dr. Ramsay also holds Masters degrees in Education (Central Michigan) and Criminal Justice (Southwest). Her undergraduate degree is in Sociology (York). She also has eight diplomas from six different Ontario colleges along with a professional designation and fellowship from the Canadian Institute of Certied Administrative Managers. A Sergeant with a major police service in Ontario, Amy works at their headquarters as a Policy Development Ofcer in the Operational Policy & Strategic Planning Bureau. She was the founding President of the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement and currently chairs the Board of Trustees. In September 2006, Amy was named President of the International Association of Women Police, after serving two terms as Executive Director. She is only the third Canadian, in the 93-year history of the IAWP, to hold the ofce of President - and the rst in almost 30 years. Listed in the 7th and 8th Editions of International Whos Who of Professional Women, Amy has published six police-related manuals. She has been the recipient of

several international awards for leadership and is a Visiting Scholar at a number of North American universities. In her spare time, she mentors graduate students and sits on several doctoral committees. Dr. Ramsay is not afraid to tackle the tough issues facing policing today. She has appeared on such television shows as CBC Disclosure and CTV W5 regarding police spousal abuse and has been quoted in numerous publications. She is also passionate about police education and chose a dissertation topic that challenged the validity of a widely available pre-police study program in Ontario. Dr. Ramsay was born on Prince Edward Island (where she now has a summer cottage!) and currently resides in Severn Bridge, Ontario.


Dr. Amery Browne

Technical Director, NACC
Dr. Amery Browne has served as Technical Director of Trinidad and Tobagos National AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) since its inception in 2003. The NACC is a multi-sectoral committee in the Ofce of the Prime Minister that manages the expanded response to HIV in the country. Dr. Browne leads the team that has operationalised Trinidad and Tobagos rst ve-year National HIV Strategic Plan through extensive work with the public sector, civil society and private sector agencies. Dr. Browne has regional responsibilities as Vice Chair of the Caribbean Coalition of National AIDS Program Coordinators (CCNAPC), and he is a Lead Trainer with the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network (CHART). He is a Medical Doctor by profession and he was part of the clinical team that initiated anti-retroviral treatment in the country; he is the former Registrar of the Trinidad Public Health Laboratory and the National Surveillance Unit of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Browne also served as Chairman of the Board of CARE, the countrys rst and largest NGO providing support to Persons Living With HIV and AIDS (PLWHAs), and has been a key HIV advocate in T&T for several years.



Bernie Referral Centre Ryan Manager, St. Marys Sexual Assault

A woman who wears many hats, Bernie Ryan is the Manager at St. Marys Sexual Assault Referral Center in Manchester. She is a trained counselor and supervisor and has a background in gynecology nursing. Bernie also leads a multidisciplinary team providing forensic medical and aftercare services to victims of rape and sexual assault. In addition to her managerial and counseling role she provides training and consultancy to police, healthcare workers, and criminal justice agencies, voluntary and statutory agencies at local and national and international level. Thats not all. Bernie also chairs the National SARC Steering Group and the Cross Ministerial Stakeholder Advisory Group for Sexual Violence (Department of Health and Home Ofce. She has acted as a consultant to Her Majestys Inspectors / Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMICPSI) Thematic Review of Investigation and Prosecution of Rape, (Without Consent Home Ofce 2007.) Bernie has provided training and consultancy nationally and internationally to police forces and healthcare providers on sexual assault services. As part of her MA, Bernie explored the impact of working in the eld of sexual violence on the professionals involved.



KeithSecretariat Manager Renaud Senior Superintendent, ACCP

is also the holder of a Management Diploma from the Joint Services Staff College and a Certicate in Security Administration and Management from the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies. In 2003 Keith was awarded a Certicate with distinction, in Gender and Development Studies, by the Center for Gender and Development at the UWI Cave Hill, Campus. Keith has attended a number of international conferences in the Caribbean, North America, Canada, South Africa, Australia and the Pacic; and for the 1999/2000 terms was elected President of the International Association of Police Community Relations Ofcers (IAPCRO). In 2000 he visited the Headquarters of the Association of Chief Police Ofcers (ACPO) in the United Kingdom (UK) and the Interpol Secretariat in Lyon, France, as part of his training for his assignment as ACCP Secretariat Manager. In 2006 he was appointed a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Ad-Hoc Committee for International Initiatives in Boston. Keith has also been a contributor to the Caribbean Journal of Criminology and Social Psychology having co-authored an article entitled: Policing and the People: Challenges, Prospects and Possibilities, which was published in January July Issue, 2001. He has also written and presented a number of position papers related to policing and law enforcement issues, to a variety of forums including; the UK Overseas Territories Conference in Bermuda in 2001; Caricom Task Force on Crime and Security in 2002, in Trinidad; the Caribbean Studies Group Annual Seminar, in 2002 in the Bahamas; the Duke of Edinburgh Award 2004 Conference in Grenada; a Border Security Conference in the Dominican Republic in 2005; a South-South Crime Prevention Exchange Seminar in Cape Town, South Africa in 2006; and the Pacic Islands Chief of Police (PICP) Conference in Palau in 2006. He has been married for the past 34 years and is the father of three adult children. His professional goal is to ensure that the ACCP becomes a leading voice for law enforcement and security issues in the region; and promotes and encourages collaboration with the relevant law enforcement and security organisations in the process. He has been successfully discharging this responsibility with the highest degree of professionalism.

Keith is a Senior Superintendent of Police on secondment from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) Secretariat in Barbados. Before taking up this assignment he was the Staff Ofcer to two Commissioners of Police, an experience that has adequately prepared him for the posting. His duties included research and policy formulation. He has also had extensive exposure to Executive decision-making. Keith is the holder of a Masters Degree M.Sc. in Organisational Management and Leadership from Springeld College, Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine from where he obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Social Work and a Certicate in Public Administration. He



The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association brings you greetings on your second anniversary of the Caribbean Association of Women Police Conference. We also take this opportunity to welcome all delegates, including our foreign delegates to this conference the theme of which is Developing the Leadership Mastery of Regional Female Law Enforcement Ofcers. The Women police ofcers of the T&T Police Service recently celebrated the 50th anniversary

of the enlistment of women in the T&T Police Service. Since that time women police ofcers have made great strides in the service and they continue to excel at all levels of the organisation, and as you enter into your deliberations over the next few days, we are condent that you would be exposed to a wealth of information from several prominent speakers which no doubt would have a positive impact on you as you journey through your careers in law enforcement.

During this conference, we therefore urge you to empty your cup so that it can be lled with knowledge from the reservoirs of information that would be made available from your facilitators. Again we extend greetings to you on this special occasion and may your conference be an informative and successful one. Cedric Neptune President 13

Why this theme?

Developing the of Regional Female Law

Women making their full contribution to policing by Ag. Senior Superintendant Amber Denoon
Purpose: To ensure the mission of the Association (CAWP) is committed to: Mobilising female ofcers from the region to work towards shared aspirations Evaluating best practices that will help to create an environment, which will increase the potential of female ofcers, and subsequently enhance their respective organisations. Fostering collaborative efforts through informationsharing, training and cross training. In preparation for meeting the challenges faced by our forces, female ofcers are seeking to achieve our mission and purpose by exposing ourselves to new concepts, techniques, best practices that can add value to the repertoire of knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, the annual meeting must become one of the training grounds for receiving, sharing and networking. Todays ofcers are also called upon and expected to live up to and surpass the standard set by the various forces and publics. This means that ofcers must be prepared to invest in their own education and training. In planning this conference, the committee paid high regards to this and engaged some of the best foreign, regional and local experts to present the topics that can motivate participants within a learning environment at the Cascadia Hotel. Therefore the opportunities presented for ofcers at this conference must be embraced since each one will leave with new information. It is envisaged that ofcers will return to their respective jobs and make a signicant contribution to their communities. This unique regional conference will also examine the issues faced by women in the workplace, from the challenges of the charge room to the strategic decisions made in the boardroom. It will provide an in depth insight into how women are becoming leaders in traditionally male dominated environments and look at the issues faced by both men and women in this changing environment. Female Law Enforcement Ofcers investing in this life changing conference will: Unleash their power within Develop the mark of powerful leadership the ability to dene and declare new and better possibilities for themselves

The focus of this years conference is to develop Female Law Enforcement Ofcers as leaders, thus changing our rules, roles and realities. Female ofcers are encouraged to be ready for leadership positions and in so doing, the steering and planning committee agreed that Developing the Leadership Mastery of Regional Female Law Enforcement Ofcers aligns beautifully with Caribbean Association of Women Police (CAWP) purpose of being. This theme for our 2007 Conference was chosen to deepen our fullment of the CAWPs mission and purpose outlined herein. Mission: To unite female ofcers within the region and address recruitment, retention and advancement.


Feature article

Leadership Mastery Enforcement Ofcers

Develop critical leadership skills for personal and professional effectiveness Improve on the job performance by applying recommended principles and techniques Build signicant relationships and improve their networking skills with regional professionals Become empowered and proactive in making effective decisions and solving problems Make a difference in their respective communities. Our socialisation has dened and characterised our rules, roles and to a great extent, our realities. Many sisters before us have paved the way for new ceilings, yet females generally do not reach their full potential within the Police Forces/Services. One explanation is that we do not make the rules and as leadership roles are being earned, gradually our rules are changing. To meet this new reality of merit-based promotional opportunities, CSME, HIV/AIDS epidemic and an increase in life span, female ofcers have to be better prepared for new responsibilities. While we endeavour to become the best that we can be, we must be careful not to do more of the same when the

Women possess natural gifts of intuitiveness that supports her in her role as leader. The sessions are developed to empower female law enforcement ofcers to take the lead in their respective forces and communities.

results need to be different. On the other hand, we must become more of who we really are if we are to deepen our relationships and add more value to our outputs. This forum can provide a renewal for some of us who have to restart and build from the ground up. In the case of Trinidad and Tobago, the police service laws and regulations are changing and this is a good beginning for those who need to make a fresh start and leave their mark in the sands of a new Police Service. At this crucial time, the demands for high levels of performance are coupled with the need to be exible, polite, professional and to possess the ability to manage change with a smile. It gives us the opportunity to build new paradigms with sound competencies and not luck or trial and error. Women possess natural gifts of intuitiveness that supports us in our role as leaders. However, this can cause undue concerns for others who see as being created into seemingly burdensome individuals. The sessions are developed to empower female law enforcement ofcers to manage their several role and responsibilities and to take the lead in their respective forces and communities.

I am of the rm view that police services must begin to support women and provide the environment and opportunities to identify creative solutions to problems. Police services must also: Demonstrate that the work of women are valued and rewarded Propose and implement a gender balance in the ranks of positions of the service proportionate with the demographic ratio Demonstrate to the various publics that females have the requisite qualities to get the job done effectively Demonstrate that they are a true representation of the community it serves Female ofcers are true change agents and their contribution in developing policies, procedures and practices can change the face of policing in a positive way forever. Ladies enjoy our hospitality and lets share our wisdom and knowledge as we travel the road towards becoming the best transformational leaders we can be.


2007 Conference Programme

Sunday 10 June 2007 8: 00am- 4:00 pm 3:30pm- 4:30pm 4:30pm- 5:30pm 5:30pm- 6:30pm 6:30pm 8:00pm Monday 11 June 2007 MORNING SESSION 8:00 am -12:00am Registration- ongoing from Saturday 9 June 2007 Inter-Faith Service Parade Refreshments and departure to Conference site Opening Ceremony

Tuesday 12 June 2007 MORNING SESSION 8:00 am -10:00am

10:00am - 10:30am 10:30am 12:00am PLENARY SESSION: Forensic Gynaecology Toward better care for the victims of sexual assault Presented by Maureen Dalton BREAK Forensic Gynaecology Continues LUNCH

PLENARY SESSION: Advancing Womens Leadership in Law Enforcement - The role of education in the development of the 21st Century Female Law Enforcement Ofcer Presented by AMY RAMSAY IAWP President. BREAK BREAK OUT TOPICS:
The Juggling Act- managing stress and achieving work/life balance - Frank Dolly Parenting in law enforcement and its effects on teenage development - Joan Bishop The Changing Landscape of the 21st Century Female Law Enforcement Ofcer - Grace Talma Professionalism in LE Customer Service Focus Technology and Policing

10:00am - 10:30am 10:30am - 12:00pm 12:00pm -1:00pm

AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00pm 2:30pm PLENARY SESSION: DNA Presented by UK representative Ian Delbarre 2:30pm -3:00pm BREAK 3:00pm -4:00pm BREAK OUT TOPICS:
The Development of Sexual Assault and Rape Center - Bernie Ryan Making it safe for women and children - A Community Mandate Diana Mahabir-Wyatt Women and HIV- Whats your position - Dr. Amery Brown Equipping caregivers with the skill to overcome the challenges of: Child pornography, Violence in schools, Juvenile delinquency, Child internet luring and abuse - UK representative - Ian Delbarre

12:00pm -1:00pm


AFTER LUNCH SESSION 1:00pm 2:00pm PLENARY SESSION: The Power of One Developing an Integrative Approach to Regional Law Enforcement Presented by Keith Renaud 2:00pm -2:30pm BREAK 2:30pm - 4:00pm BREAK OUT TOPICS:
Workplace issues in a male dominated environment- Gender discrimination, sexual harassment -W/Sgt Gladys Brown-Campbell Effective Communication - understanding gender language and developing skills for carrying the message- Rhoda Reddock Recruiting and Retaining Women in Law EnforcementPanel discussion


2007 Conference Programme

Wednesday 13 June 2007 TOBAGO PLENARY SESSION: Policing and Tourism in an international and Regional context- The Role of Female Law Enforcement Ofcers in creating a Balance between Paradise Found and Paradise Lost Presented by Jasmine A. Garraway A.C.S. Director DAYS ACTIVITIES 8:30am - 10:00am 10:00am- 12:00pm 12:00pm- 1:30pm 1:30pm-5:00pm 5:00pm- 6:30pm 6:30pm- 7:30pm

Extra Activites Daily Conference Activites from 8:00pm -10:00pm

Welcome Reception Training Seminar Lunch Sight seeing and Tour Farewell Ceremony Departure to Trinidad

Monday 11 June 2007 Karaoke and Comedy Night Tuesday 12 June 2007 Caribbean Cultural Extravaganza Wednesday 13 June 2007 Smokey and Bunty Night Post Conference Activities on Friday 15 June 2007 from 10:00am3:00pm Tour to San Fernando/Bird Sanctuary

Thursday 14 June 2007 MORNING SESSION 8:00 am -10:00am

10:00am - 10:30am 10:30am 12:00am

12:00pm -1:30pm

PLENARY SESSION: Turning Public problems into Policing priorities-The Way Forward. An International Perspective and Regional Perspective on Community Policing A - Panel Discussion BREAK Evaluation Presentation Of Certicates Vote Of Thanks LUNCH



Monday June 11, 2007

8:00am 12:00 noon Topic: Forensic Gynecology Presenters: Maureen Dalton and Bernie Ryan Some victims of sexual offences are more traumatised after their intervention with the police and the court system. This can be attributed to the lack of modern technology including training of ofcers, medical professionals and social workers. It can even be continued by the media, the general public and to a great extent by the immediate family. 1:00pm 4:00pm Topic: The development of Sexual Assault and Rape Centre Presenter: Bernie Ryan Topic: Making it safe for women and children A community perspective Presenter: Dianna Mahabir-Wyatt

The future of our region lies in the hearts and minds of our youth. This group of our society is continually under emotional, sexual and physical threat. The technological age also presents additional threats by way of the use and abuse of the Internet. Female law enforcement ofcers and other caregivers play a signicant role in empowering our youth with the support and information they need to make wise life choices. This workshop will provide a better understanding of the issues facing the 21st century child, and also equip participants with critical skills to adopt a proactive approach to dealing with challenging situations.

Topics at a Glance

Tuesday June 12, 2007

8:00am 10:00am Topic: Advancing Womens Leadership in Law Enforcement - The Role of Education in the Development of the 21st Century Woman Police Presenter: Dr. Amy Ramsay Female Police/Law Enforcement Ofcers were primarily employed into the Caribbean Law Enforcement Agencies to act as a buffer to their male counterparts and to perform duties that are peculiar to the activities of women and children. Over time, however, this has changed drastically, with female ofcers totally integrated performing the same functions as men and also being recognised for upward mobility in the organisation, on the same criterions as their male counterparts. 10:30am 12:00pm Topic: The Changing Landscape of the 21st Century Female Law Enforcement Ofcer in the elds of Professionalism, Customer Service Focus and the use of Technology Presenter: Grace Talma This session is very important as women are starting to assert themselves in the Law Enforcement arena. This workshop will empower female law enforcement ofcers with the key leadership skills to Take the Lead in the 21st

This session is very important in todays environment as women and children are increasingly under threat in society. This group needs to be protected, educated and supported by their community. The community is a powerful entity and plays a signicant role in pooling its resources in the ght against violence. This workshop will deal with the issues facing women and children and highlight key strategies that can be adopted by the community in securing them. Topic: Women and HIV Whats your position? Presenter Dr. Amery Browne Topic: Equipping caregivers with the skill to overcome the challenges of child pornography, violence in schools, juvenile delinquency and child Internet luring and abuse. Presenter: Ian Delbarre (UK Representative)


century and beyond. Female Law Enforcement Ofcers must be prepared to lead and sustain good relationships in the community by exposing the Policing for the People philosophy. They must become change agents who make signicant contributions to the development of policies in the 21st century and beyond. Topic: The Juggling Act Managing Stress and Achieving Work/Life Balance Presenter: Frank Dolly

2:30pm 4:00pm Topic: Workplace issues in a male-dominated environment Gender discrimination, sexual harassment Presenter Sergeant Gladys Brown-Campbell Working in a male-dominated environment as a 21st century female law enforcement ofcer can be very challenging. Some may argue that the Brass ceiling is being broken as women have started holding senior positions in law enforcement. The question remains, however, as to whether enough women are being equally recognised and rewarded for their performance, in comparison to their male counterparts. This session will highlight the key issues facing female law enforcement ofcers in this environment, with a special focus on two critical areas gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Topic: Effective Communication Understanding gender language (gender discrimination) and developing skills for carrying the message (sexual harassment) Presenter: Rhoda Reddock

enforcement is imperative to meeting the needs of society. Female law enforcement ofcers play a signicant role because of their natural attributes. Their special skills allow for full policing especially in investigating crimes against women and children. Once female law enforcement ofcers respond to their calling and choose this exciting career it is critical that they stay in providing this service to the community.

Wednesday June 13, 2007

10:00am 12:00pm Topic: Policing and Tourism in an international and regional context The role of Female Law Enforcement Ofcers in creating a balance between Paradise Found and Paradise Lost Presenter: Jasmine A. Garraway, A.C.S. Director

Every woman experiences stress everyday. Most women play many roles in their lives mother, spouse/partner, daughter, sister and professional woman. A female law enforcement ofcer also experiences uniquely stressful situations given the various situations she encounters in her professional life. Learning to separate workplace issues and personal issues while maintaining ones sanity becomes a challenge. Topic: Parenting in Law Enforcement and its effects in teenage development Presenter: Joan Bishop

Thursday June 14, 2007

8:00am 10:00am Topic: Turning public problems into policing priorities The Way Forward. An international and regional perspective on community policing Panel discussion Presenter: Ian Delbarre

Female law enforcement ofcers deal with teenage development on a daily basis in their work life. More importantly, however, they impact on teenage development in their personal lives, as parents to the youth of our region. Being a parent in female law enforcement can sometimes be challenging because of the knowledge of societal evils that threaten teenage development. This awareness heightens the female law enforcement parents need to protect their teenagers by restricting their choices. This action may sometimes have a negative impact on family relationships and teenage development. 1:00pm 2:00pm PLENARY SESSION The Power of One Developing and Integrative Approach to regional Law Enforcement Represented by Keith Renaud

Female law enforcement ofcers are constantly communicating in their everyday role, professionally and personally. Law enforcement is an all-encompassing job and communicating effectively can sometimes be challenging based on the situation, environment and the parties involved in the process. Female law enforcement ofcers are often involved in very sensitive and demanding situations, which require them to communicate with genders, at all levels of society. Topic: Recruiting and Retaining Women in law Enforcement Panel Discussion

Women in Law Enforcement are crucial to providing a balance in policing. This unique group brings value to policing, so that attracting the right women to law

This session examines ways of turning public problems into policing priorities by examining different concepts of community policing through success experiences of certain international law enforcement organisations. It is about examining your external environment and recognising that the community is a powerful entity that can play a signicant role in providing effective partnerships, which can greatly assist in the reduction of crime and the maintenance of public safety.


Feature article

The Museum of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service was ofcially opened on August 22, 2004. It is the rst Police Museum in the Caribbean, and since its inception, has had an overwhelming response, not only from the children of the nation, but also from the general population. The vision for a Police Museum was born after I won the exhibition for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service at a military exhibition held in 2002 to commemorate the fourteenth anniversary of Independence. This victory made me realise I could not allow these historical artefacts to be discarded, and with the assistance of then Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hilton Guy, the old Police Headquarters was identied to set up the Museum. In that building, I selected a room on the upper oor on the St. Vincent street entrance. I then designed the shelving and had them installed. I also began a nationwide search

Sgt. Sheila Prince

The woman behind the Museum of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Beetham Police Youth Club
at police stations to collect artefacts, to be added to the existing exhibits from the military exhibition. The purpose of the Museum was two-fold. In the rst instance, it was designed to provide a place where the public would have an insight into the history of the police service. This effectively would have given them a better understanding of the organisation and its role in the protection of a civil society, and thereby instil a certain amount of pride in the police service. Secondly, the Museum would serve as a bridge between the public and the police that would act as an educational tool and also promote the fostering of good relations in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. In my opinion, the museum of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is a milestone because it recognises and celebrates the contribution made by the men and women of the service over the years of its existence up to the present day. I am also responsible for the Beetham Police Youth Club, which was designed to offer opportunities and resources to the young ones, which would have otherwise been beyond their reach. The faces of Beetham have since changed. We work well because we can instil values and morals where the parents have failed. The children take pride in going to school and now they have an environment that is cleaner than before because I decided if I was going to help these kids, it had to be in an environment that I was comfortable with. I am honoured to be associated with the concept and development of both the Beetham Police Youth Club and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Museum. As time progress I will establish a memorial for Police ofcers who died in the execution of their duties.
Editors Note: The Beetham Police Youth Club is one of twenty-eight such clubs located throughout the country and operated by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.


Above: The instruments that were played at the rst Independence Day Parade in 1962.

Far left: A trophy of arms, containing the bugle played at Independence in 1962, the saber of Commissioner of Police Eustace Bernard, the sword knots of Deputy Commissioner of Police Clive Sealy, two breech-loading Martini ries, the Police Star, surmounted by the pennants of the Mounted Branch, the National Flag and the Police Flag.


by Michelle Lewis

Recruits: mature and determined

WPCs in Training

The history of women in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service dates back to 1955 when twelve women enlisted. One of these women was Doreen LumpressNoel. (See page 26 for full interview on the life and times of this pioneer). Today, there are ninety-two women in training at the Police Academy. Three men are nestled among them. Initially, ninety-ve women enlisted but three left for personal reasons. The ninety-two women in training represents one batch, and is the largest intake of women that has ever been recruited at any one time in the history of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, and perhaps regionally and internationally. Normally, batches of forty women enlist for training. They are also the second batch of female recruits coming out of the Transformation Process that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is currently engaged in. Should these women successfully complete this exercise, they will join 887 regular women police in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. The women in training have been on a waiting list for several years, and have so far demonstrated diligence and tolerance since November 1, 2006, according to Superintendent Joseph Nathaniel, Recruiting Ofcer at the Police Academy. They are mature, very determined and have so far withstood the physical training, Nathaniel said of the women. He made reference to one woman who trains with 321 stitches sustained from a fall. The physical training involves road runs and aerobics. They are also trained in self-defence. Academically, Nathaniel said, the ninety-two women have performed at their optimum. In stark contrast to the men, he heaped praises on the women for the clean and neat way in which they keep their dormitories. For the majority of women, Nathaniel said they seem to have followed the footsteps of relatives who are already members of the police service. There were some who left very good jobs in the private and public sector as well. Dawn Marshall-Lezama, who left her job as the personal secretary to the Minister of Sports, said although being a


woman police was her dream, there was a bit of hesitancy when the moment nally came. I consulted my husband, my parents and my employer and they all told me I had to do some soul-searching and pray, the twenty-seven said when interviewed for this article. The young wife and mother of a seventeen-month-old daughter, is now the second senior woman in the batch of Dawn Marshall- ninety-two female recruits. I think I felt more comfortable when Lezama I learnt the batch was made up of only women. It has really lent support to me as I am away for so many days and weeks without being with my family, my baby, she said, noting that the most hurtful part of her training was not being able to spend her daughters rst birthday at home with her. I cried deep inside, she said. Marshall-Lezama was a member of the Cadet Force for ve years (1991 1996) and had reached the rank of Lance Corporal attached to the Tranquillity Unit, before she became more actively involved with youths in her community, and along with ten others, founded The Valencia Heat in 1998. Thirty-year-old Tricia ChapmanHospedales said she is honoured to be a part of the chosen ninety-two women in training and intends to serve her country well. Chapman-Hospedales has a threeyear-old son, and said the training has so far assisted her in her role as a mother. Sharla King, a twenty-nine-year-old, Tricia ChapmanHospedales said there are many ups and downs with the training aspect; however, it has made me stronger, braver and more aware of what the law has to offer me to assist my fellow citizens. She is of the belief that the large intake of women can only assist in protecting and serving the citizens of this nation.
Sharla King

The rst eleven Women Police to pass out in 1955. The batch started with 12 recruits, but only 11 passed out.


Recognising those who carried the Legacy by Squad, 1955-2006

Year of Enlistment 1955 1957 1959 1961 1966 1970 1972 1974 1976 1978 1978 1980 1981 1982 1984 1985 1991 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2002 2003 2006 No. of Women 12 17 12 12 19 21 23 14 21 16 16 39 79 60 15 20 40 40 40 16 40 80 80 76 34 40 27

Passing Out Parade of 13th February, 1967 at the St. James Barracks. The then Minister of National Security, the Hon. Gerard Montano, is taking the salute of the WPCs marching past the stand.

With a two-year-old daughter at home, twenty-ve-year-old Malissa Narine said the training has taught her how to make sacrices. There have been many obstacles, but personally, I believe I can overcome anything during this period. I have Malissa Narine learned a lot about responsibility and the consequences of actions. I am in a better position to be a better role model and indeed a better parent, Narine said. One of the oldest in the batch, thirtyve-year-old Cynthia Rampersad, has two children, a fourteen-year-old daughter and a twelve-year-old son. Every day I wake up missing them and everyday they tell Cynthia Rampersad me that I will be home soon, she sighed. Like most of the female recruits, Rampersad said the training has made her a tougher individual with stronger values and a determination that can be passed on to her two kids. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service wishes all ninety-two women in training continued success.
Editors note: Wendy Campbell and Wendy Grifth-Nesbitt contributed to this article.

Colonel Eric Beaden, Commissioner of Police, presenting Best Stick to a Woman Police Constable of the Second Batch to be passed out at St. James Barracks. She won Best Stick in the overall graduation batch of 1957.

The rst Woman Police Motorcyclist to join the Highway Patrol.


While we celebrate the hosting of the Caribbean Association of Women Police (CAWP) conference, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Woman Police Constable Elizabeth Sutherland whose life was savagely taken on January 22, 2007. Elizabeth Sutherland was taken from her son, Cory, her daughters Shabree and Chanice, from her granddaughter, Aleigh, from her family and friends and from her brothers and sisters in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, on January 22nd, 2007. Why did Elizabeth have to die a beautiful young woman with her whole life ahead of her? The answer to the question is simple to understand, although almost impossible to bear. Your passing in particular gravely touches women police ofcers. Some female members expressed a terrible feeling of helplessness....some anger...an awful ache for the family who they know must deal with the worst hardship of all...grief and loss and confusion...because every time we lose one of our own in such a tragic way, it strikes deep into all of our hearts. Our comfort is to know that her death was NOT meaningless. Her dying - like her living was signicant, and true and dedicated to something bigger than herself. It is this understanding that puts into perspective, the life and work of any police ofcer. No matter how long we serve or in what way, we take a different path than most other people, and it is a path that has danger and risk on it. The true meaning is the satisfaction that comes with doing something important, and the incredible solidarity they have with fellow ofcers, and the knowing that every day they go to work they are part of something very special. Elizabeth enlisted in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service as a Special Reserve Police Ofcer on 13th November 1997. She was assigned regimental number 4158 and posted to the Morvant Police Station where she performed general duties. On May 5th, 1998, she was transferred to the ofce of the Assistant Commissioner of Police Mobile to perform clerical duties. She became a regular police ofcer


WP Elizabeth Sutherland

Fallen but not forgotten

on June 22nd, 2001, and assigned regimental number 15994. Shortly after, on June 25th, 2001, she was again transferred to the North Eastern Division and posted to the Clerks Ofce where she performed clerical duties until her demise. Elizabeth was a simple and humble woman with an exceptionally big heart who gave her best in all that she did. She was a good candidate who worked in the security industry for several years. She loved to serve; she found joy in doing just that. She was a good daughter, a loving wife, and a wonderful mother to her children and above all, a good police ofcer. She proudly and eagerly chose the life of a police ofcer and perceived her profession as a means of helping people. Deep within her was the core desire to make Trinidad and Tobago a better place. She brought an abundance of positive energy to anything she undertook and working in the police service was her true vocation. WPC Elizabeth Sutherland chose the life of a police and with that she accepted the quiet, almost invisible, but everpresent risk of what could happen. But that can change in a moment...in the twinkling of an eye, and then, like her, we will nd ourselves with God, in a different place... where love and peace are all we know.
Editors Note: This is an abridged version of the eulogy delivered by Senior Superintendent Errol Denoon of the North Eastern Division on January 27. Superintendent Amber Denoon researched the eulogy.


Feature article

The Life and Times of Pioneer Doreen Lumpress-Noel

From Schoolteacher to Woman Police
Should a woman leave the somewhat tamer profession of teaching to become a woman police? For many women the obvious answer would be an emphatic No. Doreen Lumpress-Noel didnt feel this way when she did just that in 1955 at the age of 26. She had been teaching for ve years in her birthplace, Barbados, when she made the career switch and moved to Trinidad where her father and stepmother resided. She felt this was her calling. Her father, Clement Lumpress, was also a policeman for many years. I inherited a lot of ideas from him which I thought were sound. This helped me to build a strong character. He was always on time for duty, always very punctual and he placed a lot of emphasis on his job and he conveyed that to his children, Lumpress-Noel said with a smile. So how was the transition?Lumpress-Noel notes there were times when she cried whilst in the police service. She often wondered if advice proffered by senior police ofcers, friends and family members not to join and to discontinue, should have been heeded. We realised very early in the job that it was going to be tough. Because we were the rst women, the men were

by Wendy Campbell


hard on us. They left no stones unturned that we should have a sound background. We went through several courses to bring us up to mark. We appreciated this so we worked hard. We realised this was being done to make us efcient, she recalled some of her experiences during her twenty-nine years in the police service. Clad in a coloured dress, Lumpress-Noel recalled her time in the police service was not only about investigating serious crimes. She said there was a need for police ofcers to be soft. You had to relate to members of the public. You had to be very sure of what you are doing. You had to equip yourself. You had to be a good public relations person or practice good public relations to get by. You became very absorbed into certain aspects of life in the community. Women police became very absorbed into juveniles and what they did and what we could do to help, LumpressNoel said. Despite the trials and tribulations of being a female police ofcer, and with no children of her own, this Gemini woman decided to stick with it. Eventually, her hard work and determination carried her where no woman had ever gone before to the executive of the police service. Prior to that major milestone, she worked in several areas of the police service chief among them the Childrens Department, Administration Department, Trafc Branch and the Womens Police Branch. She was also sent to Divisions to do what she describes as extensive police work. This led her to forested areas where she said she spent days and nights. Personally I wanted to get an all-round experience and there were times when I would ask to be transferred from one section because I thought I had absorbed enough in that section and I wanted to go on to something else. The police service appreciated that too. They didnt only want women staying in the ofce. They wanted women in the Criminal Investigations Department. They wanted women in the Trafc Department. They wanted us to know a lot about children so we sought of specialised in childrens problems. We visited schools, held lectures with teachers and the children about the

problems they had and we listened to complaints they had about police ofcers, both women and men, and we tried to rectify some of those problems, she said. Lumpress-Noel describes her stint as an Assistant Commissioner of Police as rewarding. The experiences were always sound and good, and you always wanted to know more, and know more, and know more. There were some rough patches, you never get over that. Sometimes we viewed it as jealousy, as a little prejudice, and sometimes we say we (men and women) have the same brain, but we learnt a lot from the men and got a lot of co-operation, she said. Demitting ofce was not easy for Lumpress-Noel, but she recognised she could not have prevented it from happening. Still, becoming a civilian once again was extremely hard for this seventy-seven year old woman whose voice is as strong as ever. There were times when the role of a policewoman returned. If I am behind my wheel driving, Im not only driving, Im thinking about how fast Im going. Im thinking about if people would think me, as an ex-police ofcer, are breaking the laws. Im looking at the child on the pavement and Im saying why do parents allow this little child to be out there alone? It (the police mentality) is not an easy thing to get rid of especially when you really dont want to get the rid of it. It hasnt left me and I dont want it to leave me, Lumpress-Noel stated emphatically. As she sat back in a varnished wooden chair, she urged female police ofcers to take the job seriously because its not just another job. She warned: You (policewomen) learn a lot (and) you can give a lot of sound advice. The job helps you with parenting if you have children of your own. Encourage your children to read the newspapers, to listen the news, to have recreation time, to respect their teachers and neighbours, and tell them do not steal their neighbours fruits. Like so many police ofcers, Lumpress-Noel recognises that police ofcers are innocently bashed at times, but she advises them to be prepared for this because for the most part there is nothing they can do. They must be prepared to take some lashing because the job is no bed of roses. Its

a job that comes in contact with members of the public and people think differently, she said, noting that this should only serve to assist police ofcers in how they deal with the general population. In closing Lumpress-Noel reiterated that she enjoyed her time in the police service and that she learnt a lot about human nature. She also welcomes the move by the police service to consider women for positions in the higher ranks. It is something to support other women police ofcers that are looking forward to reaching the rank of Assistant Commissioner and probably Commissioner of Police, she said. Lumpress-Noel now spends her time caring for her elder sister, Grace.
(Editors Note): Wendy Campbell is employed by the Ministry of National Security, but attached to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service PR department. She spent fteen years in the local print and electronic media and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Mass Communications with the University of Leicester.



Women at the Helm of the West End Police Model Station

West End Police Station, located at Wendy Fitzwilliam Boulevard and Diego Martin Main Road, was one of ve Model Stations selected to adopt The Policing For People Concept. This initiative is intended to tell us what can be accomplished when stations are operating within modern structures with adequate resources, complimented by committed and competent ofcers who are guided by the six criteria of attentiveness, reliability, responsiveness, competence, manners and fairness which help them provide their communities with the kind of Police Service they desire. The ofcer appointed to this unenviable task is Insp. Glenda Smith.

Establishing an ofce of Victim Support in each Model Station Division

Asst. Superintendent Eulyna Julius has been identied as the First Division Ofcer (supported by civilian staff) to lead A Victim Support Unit geared towards projecting the wider initiatives of The Policing For People Concept adopted by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. She has the responsibility of mobilising and coordinating police and other government services to help crime victims cope with their trauma and increasing protection from further victimisations. The Inspector (Smith) remembers the committed and diligent working relationships shared with her Divisional Commander Sr. Supt. Roderick Roach frequent calls to Ag. Sgt. Eunis Saunders for clarication of different issues along with her support staff Sgt. Lystra Ann McKay and the other male ofcers. She credits the patience and encouragement exuberated by the Senior Woman Asst. Supt. E. Julius and the role she played in not only complimenting her position as the Insp. of a model station but also ensuring that the women police ofcers of the
Seated from left to right: Insp. Smith and ASP Julius. Standing from left to right: Ag. Sgt. Saunders, WPCs Davis, Cummings, Ross (middle), Forde-Valentine, and Cpls. DeGale and Linton-Herod. From left to right: ASP Julius, Ag. Cpl DeGale, WPCs Cummings, Forde-Valentine, Davis and Ross, Ag. Cpl. Linton-Herod, Ag. Sgt. Saunders and Insp. Smith

Model Station and the Division as a whole operate with a spirit of sister hood support and concern for each other. Any visitor to the model station as well as other stations and units within this Division will notice that women ofcers have emerged as leaders in every area of policing. They have been successfully occupying positions and acting as role models to their subordinates. The level of commitment and loyalty displayed by female ofcers must be noted. They have maintained an effective, and co-operative support system. This may be a signal to not only women ofcers in law enforcement agencies but to women in all other organisations. Surely, this is in keeping

with our conference theme Developing the Leadership Mastery of Regional Female Law Enforcement Ofcers.

Mr. Aurick De Souza of Parjea Limited, located at #22 Alberto Street, Woodbrook, is one of the ardent supporters of the women police ofcers in the Western Division. His company is a construction-based rm with interest in General Construction, Construction Consultation and Land Acquisition and Developing.



Feature article

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Compiled by WP Sgt. Sheila Prince This year, with the Trinidad and Tobago chapter of the Caribbean Women Police Association hosting the annual Caribbean Conference themed Developing the Leaders; Mastery of the Regional Female Law Enforcement Ofcers; Changing the Face of Policing, it is only tting that the ofcial church service carded for Sunday 10th of June, 2007 at 3 p.m. be held at The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Port-of-Spain. This is indeed signicant on two major levels: historic and religious. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service recognises St. Michael the Archangel as their patron Saint and celebrates the Feast of St. Michael annually, with an Inter-faith service held on September 29 - a day lled with prayer and praise, fellowship and reection. We offer you this snap-shot of the historic and religious resonance of the two: The building was nally completed through the blood sweat and sacrices of the catholic community in 1836. On Sunday 23rd February 1851 it was consecrated by the rst Archbishop of Port of Spain, The Most Reverend Patrick Smith. Like the original church of Port of Spain, the Cathedral is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and is the principal church of the diocese. The cathedra (or chair) of the Bishop is placed there. In the 1850s Pope Pius IX decreed that the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was to be the status of a Minor Basilica, giving it special spiritual privileges. For Trinidad and Tobago, the Cathedral is more than just the story of a building. It is the experience of many types of people coming together to worship. So today you can see people of every different background coming to worship and pray at the Cathedral. There are many also who come into this church just for a few moments of peace and quiet, seeking sanctuary and refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life. powers of hell. He has been especially honored and invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Apostles. Although he is always called the Archangel, the Greek Fathers and many others place him over all the angels - as Prince of the Seraphim. St. Michael is the patron of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, the sick and the Police.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The rst church in Port of Spain was a wooden structure built in 1781 on a site which today is known as Tamarind Square. This church had a capacity for seating 500 persons. At the turn of the century it was becoming evident that this building was too small and a decision was taken to replace it by a more permanent and larger structure. On 24th March, 1816 the foundation stone of the present Cathedral was laid.

St. Michael, the Archangel - Patron Saint of the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service
Feast day Celebrated on September 29th. The name Michael signies Who is like to God? and was the war cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against Satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as one of the chief princes, and leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the


Conference Venues
51, Cipriani Boulevard, Port of Spain
Delegates of the Caribbean Association of Women Police conference will have the time of their lives at 51 Degrees Lounge on the night of June 11. The night is called Karaoke and Comedy Night, and not only will you hear from one of our countrys top local comedians, Learie Joseph, but you also get the opportunity to see just how good your voice is when you participate in the karaoke system which has over 3000 songs. Sorry, the karaoke aspect is not a competition, its just an opportunity for you to relax after a hectic day, and also a chance for you to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere at the 51 Degrees Lounge, located at 51 Cipriani Boulevard, Port of Spain. The night starts from 7.30pm and culminates at 10pm. You get two complimentary drinks and a cash bar is at your disposal.

Cascadia Hotel, St. Anns

The second annual Caribbean Association of Women Police Conference takes place at the Cascadia Hotel and Conference Centre from June 10-14, 2007, and it would be remiss of us if we did not tell our visitors something about this venue. Cascadia Hotel and Conference Centre is located on the exotic island of Trinidad. Nestled in the foothills of the Northern Mountain Range, in the scenic St. Anns Valley, Cascadia is a mere 6 minutes drive from the historic Queens Park Savannah and barely 9 minutes from our capital, Portof-Spain.

Its located on 25 acres of magnicent lush hillside surroundings all adapted for our customers maximum enjoyment. The Cascadia Hotel and Conference Centre is solely committed to providing outstanding service for its customers, to ensure their maximum leisure and convenience. Cascadia provides the perfect mix of business and pleasure to their customers, not only with a conference and business centre of unbeatable standards, but also recreational facilities which include an exclusive combination of a tennis court, waterslides, an outdoor swimming pool, squash courts and a modern tness centre.


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Fast Facts Country Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Nation Twin-island democratic republic Climate and Geography A pleasant tropical climate. Daytime temperatures approx. 31 degrees Celsius and 87 degrees Fahrenheit, nighttime approx. 21 degrees Celsius and 69 degrees Fahrenheit. Area Trinidad: 4,828 sq. km (1,864 sq. miles). Tobago: 300 sq. km in area, or 116 sq.miles. Capital Port of Spain Time Zone GMT 4 Ofcial Language English Currency TT$ (approx. 6.33 to the US$; 5.46 to the Can$; 12.68 to the pound; 8.28 to the Euros; 0.06 to the Yen). The TT$ has 100 cents. Head of State President Head of Government Prime Minister Population 1.3 million

If you think thats all there is to this country, think again! Trinidad and Tobago is known for its beautiful women, and three of them did this country proud at the Miss Universe and Miss World competitions. Janelle Penny Commissiong-Chow and Wendy Fitzwilliam won the Miss Universe crowns in 1977 and 1998 respectively, while Giselle La Ronde-West was crowned Miss World in 1986. The people of this twin-island Republic are sport enthusiasts and the country hosted the FIFA Under 17 Championships in 2002. The islanders are football crazy and celebrated in ne style when their national football team, fondly called Soca Warriors qualied and participated in the FIFA World Cup held in Germany in 2006. More recently, Trinidad and Tobago was one of several Caribbean countries that hosted the prestigious World Cup Cricket competition during the months of March April 2007. Truly, a place of fun and delight! Visit Trinidad and Tobago.

Carnival reveller

Gasparee Caves

(Source: Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago)

Store Bay

Photographs supplied by the Tourism Development Company Limited of Trinidad and Tobago


CAWPs Steering/Planning Committee

From as early as January of this year, twenty women police ofcers formed the Steering/ Planning Committee and later became engaged in major discussions toward planning for the Caribbean Association of Women Police (CAWP) conference to be held in Trinidad and Tobago from June 10-14. Guided by Ms. Ramdial, these women were exposed to events planning for one week in preparation for the conference. They subsequently met every Tuesday to ensure the conference was exceptional. At times the committee members appeared to be overwhelmed with the entire planning process. However, these women wanted the conference to be an exceptional one for all women in law enforcement in the Caribbean, and so they struggled. Eventually, they succeeded because of a good planning strategy, commitment, long hours of discussions, phone calls, sending and receiving of faxes, messages and site visits. All of this was done despite these women having to conduct their own police work.

CAWP Secretariat
A Secretariat was also set up to deal with the co-ordination of all events for the CAWP conference. They put logistics in place and ensured that all foreign delegates have a spectacular visitors experience from the time they arrived on our shores to the time of their departure. It is the hope of the Secretariat that all delegates benet from the many varied, innovative and futuristic topics. The Secretariat was managed by Sgt. Sharon Alfred and was ably assisted by Ag. Sgt. Hospedales, Cpls Alexis and Alleyne, Ag. Cpl. Bedeau, PC Narine and WPC Mitchell. What a team!

Women of CAWPs Steering/Planning Committee. From left to right: Inspector Glenda Smith, Consultant Camille Ramdial, Superintendent Amber Denoon, and Assistant Superintendents of Police Ann Marie Alleyne and Eulyna Julius. Missing: Assistant Superintendent of Police, Margaret Sampson-Browne and Sergeant Sharon Alfred.

CAWP SECRETARIAT: Standing from left to right: Cpl. Edward Alleyne, Cpl. Hilaire Alexis, and acting Sgt. Hospedales. Sitting from left to right: Sgt. Sharon Alfred, WPC Shelly Mitchell, and acting Cpl. Marlene Bedeau.