Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith
Issued on 13/6/18 at 8:29 a.m.
A Leicestershire Police officer has won a prestigious place at an international conference of women officers for her outstanding work.
Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith will officially receive the 2018 International Scholarship Recognition Award from the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) at a ceremony in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in August.
The award will be given to her at the IAWP’s annual 56th training conference which aims to increase international understanding and awareness of women in police roles and recognise their achievements.
Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith has 25 years policing service and has worked in a variety of roles including response, neighbourhoods, control room, intelligence and specialist operations.
She will share her experiences of law enforcement with female officers from across the globe, among them women from Australia, Ghana, Kosovo, and South Africa.
Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith, who was chosen out of applicants worldwide, said: “I feel extremely proud and overwhelmed to receive this award.
“I’m looking forward to hearing from others about their experiences of policing and learning from them. It’s an absolute privilege to attend this conference. I see it as a great opportunity to widen my own knowledge by learning from other women, but hopefully that my experience and knowledge may be of some benefit to them.”
Her attendance at the conference will be entirely paid for by the IAWP.
Congratulating her on the award, Cynthia Shain, chair of the IAWP committee said competition from experienced and professional applicants for the award was “keen” and this made it a “significant honour”.
Leicestershire Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “This is a great honour for Kerry and the force, particularly as Kerry is among only a select few from the UK to ever have been chosen for this award. She will be able to share much of what we are doing during the event in Canada.”