International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Caribbean Region 26

Gender-Responsive Policing Conference

Empowered Women Empower Women

6th – 8th March 2024, Cayman Islands


Over two days, regional and international speakers will share experiences, knowledge, and good practices for the empowerment of women in policing. Topics being covered include Leadership, Mentoring & Coaching, Effective Communications, AI/Cyber-crime, Work-Life Balance, Health & Wellness, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and the Future of Policing and the impact of Climate Change in the Region. The aim of the conference is the empowerment of women in policing, including female police staff across the Caribbean, providing them with professional development and inspiring them to become agents for change within their police jurisdictions.


The expected outcome from the conference will be the empowerment of attendees and a framework to re-establish the Caribbean Association of Women Police.

Dr. Indirah Adderley, IAWP Region 26 Coordinator, “It is an honour to have policewomen of the Caribbean come together at this conference. This will expose us to regional and international standards while empowering us to move towards the reformation of a Caribbean Association of Women Police organization. Its success is our success”.

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Commissioner, Kurt Walton, “I am excited to host the 2024 IAWP Caribbean Region 26 Conference here in the Cayman Islands. Policing is a business of partnership and together we can leverage our collective knowledge, capabilities, and partnerships to accomplish our individual jurisdictional mandates. I hope this conference will bring together women from across the region and internationally to engage in the vital work of providing our officers and staff with the right resources and networking opportunities, for peer-to-peer learning, mentoring, and strengthening leadership skills”.


In partnership with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Hosted by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS)

With support from the RCIPS Women in Policing

Academic Partner

The University of the West Indies is our Academic Partner

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Deborah Friedl
IAWP President

Erla Harewood-Christopher
Commissioner of Trinidad & Tobago Police Service.

Nancy Barnard
Deputy Chief Officer, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service

Altida Bowles
Assistant Superintendent, Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Kate Puech
Director of Machine Learning Engineering, Axon.

Luke Hadeed
Managing Director, AE Tactical.

Dr Leah Shibambo
2nd Vice President, IAWP

Cassandra Martha
President of the Women Police Association in Curaçao.

Sutton Burke
Director, Infinite Mindcare

Fiona McDougall
Director Healthy Futures Ltd.

Na’imah Astwood
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bermuda Police Service

Jacquelyn Vanterpool
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Royal Virgin Islands Police Force

Sherma Maynard-Wilson
Senior Superintendent of Police, Trinidad & Tobago Police Service.

Dr. Indirah Dames-Adderley
Chief Superintendent, Royal Bahamas Police Force, IAWP Regio 26 Coordinator.

Kamecia Blake
Superintendent, Royal St Vincent & the Grenadines Police Force

Michelle Lewis
Inspector of Police, Trinidad & Tobago Police Service, President Trinidad & Tobago Association of Women Police.

Dr Beverly Shirley
Programme Manager, University of West Indies, Cayman Islands.

Jane Townsley
Senior Police Advisor, EVAW Section, UN Women.

We would like to thank our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible:


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