Dear Women In Law Enforcement

ITC hosted their 5th Annual conference with a fantastic line-up of speakers and support from Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS and  Nonhlanhla Mazibuko, MEC, GAUTENG PROVINCIAL GOVERNEMENT as keynote speakers.  A special thank you to Brigadier Elzed Adlam, Section Head: General Police Development – Divisional HR Development, SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE for chairing the 3-day conference and for her commitment to women in enforcement.

The following speakers were rated as the Top 5 Speakers as per the delegate evaluation forms:

Piet Byleveld
Ugeshni Naidoo, Acting Deputy Chief of Police,  EKURHULENI METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Julie Cheerkoot, Divisional Security Manager, ESKOM
Debora Patta, Executive Producer, 3RD DEGREE

Thank you to gift sponsors Innoxa, Virgin Active, Power Play, Puma, Lancet Exhibition, Pyramid Day Spa, Black Opel and Shizen. These sponsored ensured that all delegates were pampered on the day and their gift bags were was filled with surprises.


From left: Brigadier Elzed Adlam, SAPS (Conference Chair) ,  Col Catharina Aletta Nel (Winner Of The Leadership Award),  Captain Joyce Buthelezi (Winner Of The Performance In Excellence Award), Dora Grobler (Winner Of The Community Service & Rural Support Award) Ankia Roux (Intelligence Transfer Centre), Not Present: Ntlogeleng Minda Aucone (Winner Of The Medal Of Heroism Award)

Safran Morpho – sponsored a full day spa voucher for all 4 award winners and Vodacom sponsored the Community service award and prize money to this specific category.  ITC also sponsored prize money to the other 3 categories.

The conference was rated as:
60% Excellent, 35% Good, 5% Average

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Once again the Intelligence Transfer Centre (ITC) planned ,  arranged and presented this conference with hard work and great success.

General Comments

Women came to this conference with real issues to which all the women attended could relate.  We also listened and experienced some Best Practices.  We hope like the previous years the women are motivated to take the Best Practices to their own organizations to improve the processes,  procedures  and plough this back  into their own environments.

The main goals of this conference was met , with  all the interaction , networking and sharing of ideas.   The women were all motivated to go out there and share what they have experienced with their other counter parts.   We have to empower all the women out there to uplift their counterparts and to become empowered to ensure the achievement of all strategic objectives within  their departments.

During day 1 of the conference we as a group identified 4 critical issues all women in uniform and or in the safety and security cluster have to deal with.  We focused on Best Practices and how to overcome these critical issues.  After each speaker there were some ideas and or experiences to share.  These were the critical issues:

  • Proper and adequate recruitment strategies and the profile of the ideal law enforcer
  • Actual women empowerment ,  the actual further development,  grooming of women and appointment in senior positions.
  •  The contribution of other women as Mentors and Coaches and then their role as role models.
  • The role of women in their own societies with  regard to social development.

The standard of  the speakers who presented papers were exceptional.  Each of the speakers provided the women with huge amounts of information and also motivated them to rise up.

All women in senior positions are responsible for the development and future of those women junior to them.  We have to ensure that we are a role model to our junior women.

There was one outstanding speaker who spoke about moving up in an organization and that it is certainly not an intervention but a long process.

She made it very clear that a female must be very hard working and earn her position. It can only be done if you have an attitude of :

  • No Fear
  • Patience
  • Willing to make mistakes and to learn
  • Never give up
  • Nothing to stop you

It was made very clear that the Law of Progression is a very, very slow process of experience,  strength and power.

We need to have all the basics in place and then we can dream and imagine the unimaginable. 

Any journey like this in a career has it’s disappointments and victories.

A  few women were acknowledged for their contributions in their organizations, their  dedication  and commitment to service our communities.

The women in Law Enforcement have a big role to play in the achievement of the Governments Priorities.  To mention only a few :

  • The social development of communities in rural areas.
  • The education and development of our youth.
  • Herorism
  • Managerial Skills

This democratic country  of ours are proud of the caliber of women in Law Enforcement

This country respects our women and acknowledge them for their contributions to the development of our youth and other women.

Compiled by the Chairperson:  Brig Elzed Adlam from the South African Police Service.

What Delegates Had To Say:

” Wish you all the success in your endeavours. You are doing a wonderful job, keep reaching out!!!” – JMPD
” Excellent conference. Would attend again.” UNISA
” I feel empowered and I know it is never enough.” SAPU

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Best Regards,

ITC Team