Officer in charge of the Community Relations Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGFP), Inspector Rebekah Sherry Ann Jones is due to leave the island next month to take part in a series of training seminar as part of a scholar awarded to her by the International Organisation of Women Police Officers (IAWP).
Insp. Jones was recently named as the recipient of the 2014 IAWP International Scholarship by the organisation that brings together female persons who occupy the position of Commissioner of Police in their respective countries.
The female member of RGPGF was among sixteen scholarship applications, representing policewomen from nine (9) countries around the world from countries such as Egypt, Suriname, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, and Georgia who applied for the scholarship.
When notified by IAWP International Scholarship Chairs Linda Mayberry and Cindy Shain about the award, Insp. Jones immediately responded with the following words: “What a privilege and honour”.
The female police officer will travel in September to Winnipeg in Canada to attend a number of training sessions on all forms of leadership in various organisations that deal specifically with law enforcement.
Insp. Jones is excited about the opportunities afforded to her at the 2014 IAWP conference.
“I strongly believe that exposure to this conference will not only be beneficial to me but, by extension, all my sisters within the RGPF. This experience will certainly better equip me with the knowledge needed to effect positive policy changes within the RGPF for female officers.”
Insp. Jones joined the 965-member Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) in September, 1997, and has served in almost every department.
One of 65 women, and two female Commander, in the RGPF, she holds the rank of Inspector of Police.
She is currently assigned as Commander of the Community Relations Department, where she is responsible for managing, investigating complaints against police officers, media relations and collaborating with other agencies in dealing with domestic violence, crimes against children, school deviance and juvenile delinquency.
A guest lecturer at the T.A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), she engages students at the high school level on Social Deviance and Policing and receives invitations from a number of institutions and organisations to speak.
Insp. Jones has many notable achievements including assignments as Commander of a Satellite Station and Assistant Staff Officer, Regional Security Systems (RSS) in Barbados.
When working for the Intelligence Unit, she was commended for leading an investigation resulting in the collapse of an offshore bank and which led to a drug and money-laundering ring in Antigua that extended into France.
In her current position she is responsible for investigations of sexual and gender-based crimes, complaints against police officers, and media relations.
In November 2013, upon her return to the Community Relations Department, she received recognition for her advocacy against domestic violence.
She was the subject of an article in a weekly newspaper, entitled “Excellence Pays Off.”
These and other accomplishments exemplify her dedication to policing and her determination to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
For example, in the absence of a departmental policy dealing with victims of sexual crime, she successfully submitted a recommendation to influence such a policy.
As Head of the Community Relations Department, she said: “I am drawn to the challenges faced by women, children, girls and the wider Grenadian public. This has deepened my human rights cause and resulted in me dedicating a substantial amount of time working closely with afflicted families, victims of domestic violence and sexual offenses particularly against children.”
As a result of her efforts, Insp. Jones was awarded the most outstanding Community Policing Initiative.
Educated at the Anglican High School in Grenada, Inspector Jones is a graduate of the Institution of Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth, England, with a BSC in Policing and Police Studies.
She has the distinction of being the first officer in the history of the RGPF to have obtained such a degree. She is married and the mother of a ten-year old daughter named Bellaris.
Insp. Jones is tasked with leading a Steering Committee to form a “Women’s Arm” within the RGPF – she is currently in the process of launching the Grenada Association of Women Police.