SHE usually helps oversee more than 120 police, but Inspector Kylie Endemi has traded the station this week to mix with some inspirational women in the force.
Inspector Endemi has climbed the ranks throughout her career in the blue and white, and she’s hoping to make it easier for others to follow in regional areas by bringing something back from an international talkfest.
It’s not the first time Inspector Endemi has has been to the Australasian Women and Policing Conference – and it might not be the last – but she’s making the most of it as one of only two women from the Western Region attending.
“It’s a real privilege to be able to go again because it is such a wonderful opportunity to listen to various presentations in terms of the advancement of women in policing,” she told The Leader before leaving.
“From a professional point of view it gives us the opportunity to listen and learn about different strategies and initiatives that are being undertaken in other policing jurisdictions.
“That gives us ideas to look at implementing in our local areas and NSW policing generally.”
The conference kicked off in Adelaide yesterday and boasts topics including networking, peace keeping, policing as a profession and staying healthy in the job.
“We are seeing more women in high ranking roles than we have before which is fantastic but we have a way to go,” Inspector Endemi said.
“And it’s common knowledge that women face challenges that are particular to women such as trying to do the work/life balance and managing children and still managing a career at the same time, and that’s very difficult particularly in our role.”
There will be a host of guest speakers from Australia and abroad and Inspector Endemi believes the international flair will provide a different side to policing.
“It is quite an eye opener to listen and see some of the challenges that some of the other jurisdictions face in the same profession we have,” Inspector Endemi said.
“And what’s been reassuring in the past when I’ve previously attended this conference is that in terms of NSW Police we do things quite well and we are in a good position.
Inspector Endemi has long campaigned for advancement of women in policing.”
It’s an issue close to her heart on the job and in her extra duties as a police spokeswomen’s network representative.
“It’s an important position and one that I have a lot of passion for,” she said.
“Because I certainly see even in the Western Region the issues women face are different to what our colleagues face in the metropolitan areas.
“It’s been an enjoyable network to be part of and hopefully we will continue to make a