8th Mar, 2017
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Female Chiefs of Police

Female Chiefs of Police

Before few years the criterion lied in the fact that the person to be elected in the department should have great physical build up like height and weight. But quite recently the system has taken a big leap from what it used to be to what it is today. The post still needs a person to be physically strong but additionally the person should have a robust and excellent moral character and should possess great strength in resolution of conflict. From the last few years there have been a large number women inducted as the chief of police. Women have in the past; way more proactively solved many conflicts and underlying issues that have been eating the society like a termite.

Here is precise list of Female Police chiefs, who, with their velour fought and worked on many issues way better than their male counterparts:

1. Kiran Bedi Indian Police Service officer (1972)
Kiran Bedi Kiran Bedi who is currently serving as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, is the first woman who got inducted in the Indian Police Service in 1972. Apart from that she has also been active as a social activist and a politician. She has been there in the police department for 35 years. As Director General of she took volunteer retirement in 2007 as Director General of Bureau of Police Research and Development.

2. Catherine De Bolle, Belgium, Secretary-General of the Federal Police (2012)
Catherine De Bolle Catherine De Bolle has been there in the officer working as Belgium’s Federal Police as General Commissioner from 2012. Throughout her tenure she has successfully handled many projects and made the whole female fraternity proud. In Kazerne Dossin’ she started the training project Holocaust, Police and Human Rights, which she took up in collaboration with permanent Commission of the Local Police. In the succeeding years of her tenure she has monitored the Interpol in the most efficient way. In 2015, she was also elected as the representative in the European Interpol’s executive Committee.

3. Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega, South Africa, National Police Commissioner (2012)
Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega In 2012 June, Mangwashi Phiyega who is also referred to as Riah was inducted into the South Africa’s Police Service. She is the first woman to have been inducted into the Police service of South Africa. She has also served as the Executive of the Absa bank Limited and a trustee member of the Absa Foundation. Besides that, she has also been worked as an executive at Transnet and at various positions of the Transnet subsidiaries. At various occasions she has also shown her act of philanthropy like under the national Council for Child welfare, she has played an important role as Director for development.

4. Elizabeth Mills-Robertson, Ghana, Acting Inspector-General of Police (2009)
Elizabeth Mills-Robertson Elizabeth Mills-Robertson is the first Deputy General of Police. She has served in the Police service of Ghana from 1978 to 2009, for almost 31 years. She is currently the High commissioner to the republic of Sierra Leone. Born in Cape Coast, she studied Psychology at the University of Ghana. She has also acquired a master’s degree in Business administration. Besides that she has also earned various professional degrees and had attended conferences and seminars abroad, in countries such as Spain, Britain, and Australia etc and locally in Ghana. For the excellent work she has done, the Ghana women of Excellence awarded her for the contribution she made Promotion, Promotion and enhancement in Ghana.

5. Marlene Raquel Blanco Lapola, Guatemala, Director of the National Police (2008-09)
Marlene Raquel Blanco Lapola Marlene Raquel Blanco Lapola, born in 1966 entered the police force as a police agent at a very early age of 22. In The later years of her career she joined the research field in DINC (Division of Criminal Investigation) and there she earned specialisation in robberies and the investigation of kidnapping. Besides that, she has also worked on issues such as armament, personnel system, implementing police units and logistics. While she worked for nine months as director of the national Civil Police for a short span of nine months, in 2009 she became Deputy Minister of Community support.

6. Mary Gahonzire, Rwanda, Commissioner General of the National Police (2008-09)
Mary Gahonzire, Rwanda Mary Gahonzire has broken all the stereotypes by standing out tall in this male dominated society. She is one such woman who has set an example by serving at the Rwanda National Police as a commissioner General. She has with her unwavering faith and courage, broke the glass ceiling by actively participating at various levels of leadership within the Police Force. She has successfully worked at several positions Inspectorate and police department, Criminal Investigation Department and has served in 2003 as deputy commissioner General.

7. Beatrice Munah Sieh, Liberia, Police Director of the National Police (2006-2012)
Beatrice Munah Sieh Ms. Beatrice Munah Sieh is the first woman chief of Police and over the years she has acquired 18 years of experience in national security, law enforcement and police operation. She embarked on her journey, in 1979 in Traffic Division as a motorcyclist. Later on in 1985 she became chief of Traffic Ticketing. At the Liberian national Police Force, she served as Assistant Director for Police Operation and Deputy Director of operation. Besides that, she is also the founder of the Women Association of Police of Liberia and member of International association of Police chiefs.

8. Aminta Granera Sacasa, Nicuragua, Fist Commander and Director General Police (2006)
Aminta Granera Sacasa Aminta Granera Sacasa born in 1952 has served as the Director General in the National Police of Nicaragua from September 2006 to September 2016. After completing her studies in United States at the Georgetown University, she became a nun. In 1976, after abandoning her religious training, she joined the uprising Sandinista, against Anastasio Somoza. Later on after Somoza was overthrown Granera joined the police where she built a worked to fight the violence against women by setting up a special unit. And later on in 2006 she was became the national chief of police.

9. Ingelin Killengreen, Norway, Chief of Police (2000-11)
Ingelin Killengreen Ingelin Killengreen from 2000 to 2011 has worked as Police commissioner of Norway and chief Constable of Oslo from 1994 to 2000. She was born in Bergen in 1947 and she acquired her Graduation degree from University of Oslo. She worked for the Norwegian Ministry of the Police for 20 years as deputy under-secretary of state from 1988 to 1993 and as permanent under secretary of state from 1988 to 1993. Later on in 1995 she became the first female chief of police in Oslo.