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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to media at the 9th Women in Policing Conference
March 3, 2020

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan delivers her remarks at the 9th Women in Policing Conference. Photo: State Dept.

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am delighted to be part of the opening of the ninth annual Women in Policing workshop here in Tbilisi. It is designed to inspire and educate female police officers and help further develop their professional skills. I think we all know that female police officers are critical to developing sustainable security and peace, and while it is encouraging to see their numbers increasing in police forces around the world, they still encounter barriers to promotion and in assignments. And we have these same problems in the United States too, so we brought together international experts from Canada, Europe, and the United States to lead courses this week at this workshop. And we are particularly grateful to Georgia for hosting this workshop once again. It’s another sign that the government of Georgia is leading the way in supporting female police officers and improving security and peace around the world. Thank you.