"7th NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN IN POLICE"

The 7th National Conference of Women in Police is scheduled to be held from 6th to 8th January, 2016 at CRPF Academy, Kadarpur, Gurgaon, Haryana.  This is a part of the series of conferences (so far six already held over a decade) that attempts to underline the role of women in police in India, to discuss and find solutions to improve their working conditions and organizational response to their increasing number in Police, to mainstream them as key  players in  leadership roles of the organization, to provide for their capacity building and plan for their career and to celebrate their contribution and achievements as agents of change in the Organization.
Traditionally being organized by State Police Forces, this year, for the first time, DG CRPF has consented to host it and CRPF has the honour of organizing it. Incidentally, CRPF is the only Paramilitary in the world to raise a full-fledged  “All Woman” combat battalion, in the year 1986. The number of women in CRPF has steadily risen and now we have three (03) full-fledged armed battalions, one under training, one under raising and one will be raised  next year. The distinction of bringing the highest medal for gallantry and the Olympic Medal in Sports to the Force are also credited to its women. While Constable Kamlesh Kumari made the supreme sacrifice while protecting the Parliament during the daring terrorist attack in 2001, for which she was awarded the highest peace time military decoration, the coveted “Ashok Chakra”, Ms Kunjarani Devi, won ‘Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award’ for the year 1996-97. She is also a recipient of ‘Padmashri’. The Mahila battalions are full fledged Mahila armed units, performing law & order duties, election duties, guarding VIPs, securing vital installations including the Parliament & the sensitive Srinagar airport. For about a decade now, the Mahilas have been performing law & order duties in the strife torn Liberia (West Africa), as part of UN Mission. They are also securing the President’s Palace there.
The 1st National Conference of Women in Police was organized at New Delhi from 19th to 21st February, 2002. The Conference was sponsored by British Council and British High Commission New Delhi and all 205 Police Personnel of the rank of Constable to Inspector General of Police from 26 States/UTs participated in Conference. During the conference it recommended welfare measures for women like constitution of a forum for women in police, ensuring opportunity in recruitment and job roles, training and development opportunities and ensuring minimum facilities for women in police.
The 2nd  National Conference of Women was organized from 27th to 29th July, 2005 at Mussoorie in collaboration with Uttarakhand Police.  It was attended by 278 women delegates from 28 States, 3 Uts and 7 CPOs. This was inaugurated by H.E the President of India and the Union Home Minister was the Chief Guest for Valedictory Session of the Conference.

The 3rd National Conference of Women in Police was held at Panchkula (Haryana) from 7th to 9 March, 2009, at Punchkula, Haryana State Police in collaboration with BPR&D, MHA. It was attended by 193 delegates from 24 States & UT and 7CPOs. This was inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. A. R. Kidwai, Governor of Haryana and Valedictory addressed by Shri Dharamvir Singh, IAS, Chief Secretary, Haryana and Shri Raman Srivastava, Spl. Secretary (IS), MHA New Delhi. 

The 4th  National Conference of Women in Police was organized at Bhubaneswar (Odisha) from 15th to 17th September, 2010 (hosted by Orisha Police in collaboration with BPR&D, MHA New Delhi). The conference was formally inaugurated by Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Orisha and Shri Murlidhar C. Bhandare, Governor of Orisha was the Chief Guest for the valedictory session. It was attended by 262 delegates from the States/UTs and CPOs.

The 5th  National Conference of Women in Police was held in thrissur (Kerala) from 25th to 27th July, 2012 (hosted by Kerala Police in collaboration with BPR&D, MHA New Delhi). The conference was inaugurated by Ms. Manjulla Chellur, Chief Justice of Kerala High Court. It was attended by 212 delegates from the States / UTs and CPOs.

The 6th  National Conference of Women in Police was successfully held in Guwahati (Assam) from February 26th to 28th, 2014  (hosted by Assam Police in collaboration with BPR&D, MHA New Delhi). The conference was inaugurated by His Excellency, the Governor of Assam, Shri Janaki Ballav Patnaik. It was attended by 242 delegates from the States / Union Territories and Central Police Organisation.
The 2nd to 6th Conferences held bi-annually thereafter, made landmark proposals to government to ensure fair enereasing representation of women in police. A commen cadre for men and women in the police crafted training modules, life style management for  women in police,  policy and  interaction, Gender Audit and Gender  Budgeting for women in police development of infrastructure  for women in police, Capacity building of women in police, strengthening and monitoring  of mechanism for  social harrassment, Gender sensetization & equal participation and comfortable work atmosphere for women.
The 7th National Conference of Women in Police scheduled to be held at CRPF Academy Kadarpur (Haryana) from 6th to 8th January, 2016. It is being hosted by CRPF in collaboration with BPR&D, MHA, New Delhi.  The Chairperson of the 7th Conference is Smt. Vimla Mehra, IPS, Special CP, Delhi Police and the Conference Secretary is Smt. Anupam Kulshreshtha, IPS, DIG (Adm) of CRPF. The  theme of the conference is:-
“Capacity Building and Leadership”,  and the sub themes are :-
1.Role of Women in Conflict Resolution,
2.Work and Life Balance,
3.Creating Gender - Sensitive Work Infrastructure and Equipment,
4.Strategies to handle human trafficking”.

It would also discuss smart policing and technology, emotional intelligence and new roles for women in Police.
These are all important aspects which require deliberation, which being necessitated by increasing number of Women in the Police and their special needs and also the changing crime pattern & requirement for Law Enforcement Agencies for Skill Development. A woman in uniform is the most manifest form of “Woman empowerment”. In this way this series of conferences have steadily raised the issue of enhanced participation by women in police forces which has a direct bearing on the safety and security of women in society, in general.  Intense discussions on these sub-themes by the various syndicates will churn out the final recommendation. 
The conference will have approx 300 delegates/participants of various ranks of women police of the country - right from Constable to the Director General.  The programme schedule would include an inaugural session by the Hon’ble Union Home Minister, followed by key note address and discussions on sub themes by eminent resource persons, group discussions, recommendations and valediction by Hon’ble Union Minister for Women & Child Development.  Convened under the aegis of the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), its recommendations, tabled in the conference are then submitted to the Union Home Ministry.  It is a very significant occasion in the progress and contribution of women in police and is well attended by very senior Police Officers and dignitaries and marks the coming together of all ranks of women in police across the country and across police organizations as a common platform.  This year male delegates are also expected to participate in this Conference.
Kerala was the first Indian state to have women in the police force, beginning with the  first women inducted into the then Travancore Royal Police in 1933. Thereafter recruitment of women into the police in other states began only after independence. In 1981, women accounted for a mere 3000 or 0.4% of the total police in the country. But recently the number of women in Police increased gradually and it was 6.11% in 2014.