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From Rookie to Deputy
Director General in 10 Years
Deputy Director General
of Kosovo Police Atifete Jahjaga is South East Europe’s highest ranking
policewoman – an impressive achievement especially when taking into account that
she only became a policewoman 10 years ago.
Deputy Director General Jahjaga’s dedication to her job and career progression
is truly inspiring. Her climb up the career ladder has been rapid. She has
consistently, on an almost annual basis, risen through the ranks, on most
occasions becoming Kosovo’s first female police officer to achieve such status.
She graduated as a lawyer with a post graduate degree in police management and
from the FBI National Academy and Bramshill Academy but says she had always been
drawn to the policing world and joined the Kosovo Police in 2000, one year after
the police force was created. She says that, during her legal studies, she
realised there was a lack of women’s experience, especially in law enforcement.
“Also, considering the transition time our society was going through I decided
to brake the taboos, join the police and do something which, until then, was
considered only as a man’s profession,” she added.
And she has certainly paved the way for future generations of female police
officers to rise through the ranks.
Find Atifete’s full story in WomenPolice