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IAWP International Recognition and Scholarship Officer for 2010
Chief Commissar Edlira Zoto
Albanian State Police
Co-Chairs Cindy Shain and Linda Mayberry
and members of the IAWP International Scholarship Committee are very
proud to announce the recipient of the 2010 IAWP International
Commissar Edlira Zoto, Albanian State Police. The process was very
competitive this year. Forty applications for the award representing
police women from 24 countries around the globe were submitted from
a very impressive and professional group of police women.
Edlira Zoto is a five and-a-half year
police officer, with the rank of Chief Commissar, serving in the
Albanian State Police (ASP) – the national police of the Republic
of Albania. She promoted
to this rank the same day when she received notification of being
the IAWP International Scholarship recipient. Her new position is
Specialist of the newly created Quality and Diversity Affairs
Section within the ASP General Directorate.
Chief Commissar Zoto began her career upon
graduation from the Tirana Police Academy in 1997.
She has served in a security role at the American Embassy in
Tirana from 1998-2004. From
2004-2005, she served as a Specialist in the Analysis Directorate of
the Albanian State Police, where she reviewed the data records
system and improved the way information flowed within different
levels of the agency. From
2005-2006, Chief Commissar Zoto served as a liaison in the INTERPOL
office in Tirana, where she was responsible for a number of arrests
involving wanted persons as a result of successful cooperation with
other INTERPOL Offices in different European countries. Since 2006,
she has served as an instructor in the Instructor Development and
Field Training Officer Section of the Police Training Center, where
she has developed programs for Instructors and FTOs and introduced
new training methods and a high level of instruction.
Chief Commissar Edlira Zoto holds two bachelor degrees, one in the Police Management from the Albanian Police Academy and the other in Finance Management from the Faculty of Economic of the University of Tirana. It is her conviction that progress in our career should be dominated by the advanced concepts.
IAWP International Recognition and Scholarship of
Inspector General Sandhya Bharatha Das
the generosity of an anonymous gift to the IAWP, a second IAWP
International Scholarship applicant has been selected by Co-Chairs
Cindy Shain and Linda Mayberry to attend the 2010 Annual Training
Conference in Minneapolis this year.
This very generous donation has resulted in the selection of Inspector General Sandhya
Bharatha Das, Indian Police Service, to receive the IAWP International
Scholarship of Distinction.
General Bharatha Das achieved her career goal of serving in the
Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1988.
“This service has helped me to be always among the
people interacting with them, while serving,” she says. With 22 years of
experience in the Indian Police Service, she serves as Inspector
General (IG) of Police, Ernakulam Range, Cochin as well as the Nodal
Officer for the Community Policing Project of Kerala in India.
Throughout an illustrious career, she has implemented a number of
innovative, imaginative and successful projects to fight violence
against women. The
Janamaithri Suraksha Project - the Community Policing Project of
Kerala - is now accepted throughout the country as the most
successful model of Community Policing.
IG Bharatha Das has had the
distinction of being the “first” in breaking new ground and
leading the way as a female in the Indian Police Service.
She has had the distinction of being the first woman Police
Superintendent of one of the largest districts of Kerala in 2000, as
well as the first woman Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Crime
Branch, Kerala, where she served 4 years, supervising many important
cases. As DIG of Police,
Thrissur Range, she introduced a Women’s Helpline in all three
districts of the range. This
concept was approved by the Government of Kerala and later
introduced state-wide in India.
Bharatha Das was the first female to serve as Inspector General of
Police of the Kerala Armed Police Battalions, where she provided
leadership to the approximately 7,000 policemen! She was also the
first women IG of Police over Traffic in Kerala, where she was
responsible for a number of innovative projects which included the
introduction of a mascot “Pappu the Zebra,” which became very
popular. In 2009, under
her command, traffic accidents were reduced 6% for the first time in
10 years in the State of Kerala.
with an opportunity to attend the IAWP Conference this year, IG
Bharatha Das has attended two national conferences organized for
women police in India, where she lead a contingent from Kerala.
She writes: “I would
consider it a privilege to share 22 years of wide experiences in the
Indian Police Service among Women Police Officers all over the
world. Opportunity to
work in a very populous Country replete with innumerable Security
issues and challenges in Law and Order and Crime Management, at
leadership level, interacting with people and managing the vast
human resources of Police organization has enriched my personality
Bharatha Das is well-rounded and has distinguished herself in her
education and personal interests.
In 2005, she was awarded a Ph.D, completing her dissertation
on “The Accessibility of Women to the Criminal Justice System and
Customer Orientation of Police Personnel Towards Women.”
She holds a Post Graduate Degree in Zoology with rank and a
Post Graduate Diploma in Management.
A prolific writer, her professional articles have appeared in
publications like CBI Bulletin, National Police Academy Journal, and
Kerala Police Journal. She
has also contributed to preparing Training Pamphlets for the Kerala
Police. She is the recipient of the President of India’s Police
Medal for Meritorious Service and the Best Police District Award of
the Chief Minister of Kerala, along with a number of commendation
and appreciation letters.
and mother of one daughter, Hyma, she cares for an extended family
consisting of her parents, in-laws, and a brother.
She describes painting as her favorite hobby, exhibiting her
work in solo and group exhibitions, as well as award-winning
literary pursuits, authoring 9 books in Malayalam; 4 books of
children's literature; 2 collections of poems; one collection of
short stories and one novel, apart from one book on Women
highly active career in the Indian Police Service has moulded my
personality as on today,”
she relates. She
networks with other police officers through the website www.keralapolicehistory.com
and looks forward to adding to her circle of sister law enforcement
professionals and friends: “I am sure that through more International exposure I would be able to
contribute more for the cause of better Policing and for the cause
of gender equity in Police Services.”
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