10 June, 2010

Pacific Police Women Meet

The way forward for the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Women’s Advisory Network (PICP –WAN) is for everyone to work together. This is the belief of the Chief Inspector of the Papua New Guinea Police who was named the new chair of the network, yesterday.

Joanne Clarkson, a single mother of two boys, said the network will be faced with many challenges. “There is a few things we need to do this year and it takes considerate effort of the network for it to happen,” she said. Ms Clarkson called on 21 member countries present in Samoa for the 7th Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Women’s Advisory Network meeting to “come together and work together.”

“The biggest challenge is to focus on the strategic plan and this is the road map to improving the way things are done,” Ms Clarkson said.

Ms Clarkson said she was honored to be elected.

Sharing experiences is one of the important activities in order for the members of the network to understand their purpose and drive.

Former chair, Sergeant Siripa Uelese-Tuafale said she was grateful for the opportunity to serve. She thanked everyone who supported her. “Be the hope to shine where there is darkness for all the women in policing,” she said.

Mrs. Tuafale said the conference will be hosted next year in PNG. The three-day conference’s theme is ethics and integrity.

Source: Samoa Observer (www.samoaobserver.ws)