Int'l award for Acting CoP
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams will be recognised for his significant contribution to the advancement of women in policing, at the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) 55th Annual Training Conference.
The ceremony will be held from September 17 to 21 in Cairns, Australia.
Acting Commissioner Williams will be honoured with the first ever, Male Award in Support of ‘HeForShe’, 2017, for giving female police officers unique opportunities to shatter the glass ceiling and perform duties in front line positions of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
In 2014, he recommended to the Police Service Commission that then Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police , Anne Marie Alleyne-Daly, act as Commissioner of Police in his absence, making her the first woman to perform this role.
Mrs. Alleyne-Daly would go on to act on multiple other occasions.
Commissioner Williams is also being recognised for the largest number of women officers being promoted under his tenure.
The TTPS, with 26% of its strength being women officers, has surpassed the average of 15% women serving in police forces, in North America and other jurisdictions.
Currently, the TTPS has one woman Deputy Commissioner of Police, one woman Assistant Commissioner of Police, 10 women Senior Superintendents, six women Superintendents and 11 women Assistant Superintendents of Police, serving in its First Division.
The IAWP, founded in 1915 and based in Maryland, USA, promotes the role of women in policing and envisions a world where police reflect the diversity of the communities they serve and where human rights are protected.
Its mission is to strengthen, unite and raise the capacity of women in policing internationally.
Each year, the IAWP receives nominations from across the globe, for officers who are deserving of recognition, for their contribution to policing.