Mr. Giorgi Mghebrishvili, the Minister of Internal Affairs within the frames of cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and US Department of State`s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) opened the annual four-day conference “Women in Policing”. Mr. Ian Kelly, the US Ambassador to Georgia addressed the audience with a welcome speech.
As Mr. Giorgi Mgebrishvili mentioned in his opening speech: "Gender equality in society and increased participation of women in policing is one of the priorities and already one of the strong sides of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The strategic vision of the Ministry is to transfer to proactive actions in fight against crime, that means replacement of physical and forcible methods with intellectual tools. The mentioned provides more opportunities to female police officers and enables them to realize their potential".
The participants of the Conference observed a minute of silence in memory of an officer of the Patrol Police Department – Maia Javakhishvili - tragically died while performing service duties in Kakheti region.
The conference is traditionally held in Georgia for the fifth year and aims to develop the qualification of law enforcers and emphasize the role of women in police.
This year the conference is attended by female police officers from 19 countries, including Poland, Greece, Turkey, Moldova, Kazakhstan and etc.