Senior women officers from the police force and jail department currently posted in Pune said that women officer can leave an imprint by not only being creative and hardworking and but also by bringing in a humane point of view.
Swati Sathe, Deputy Inspector General (Jail Adminis-tration) in the State Prisons Department, says that no government department can be categorised as favourable or otherwise for women, but it is important that they work hard to leave an imprint wherever they work.
Sathe (48), who holds a Masters degree in criminology and correctional administration, was the only woman staff when she joined the prisons department as a jailer 20 years ago. She has been on several key assignments till date including that of Superintendent of Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.
Sathe expresses satisfaction as more and more women have been joining the department as officers and other ranks. “I believe that women have excellent opportunities in such work environments as these jobs need creativity. We can also add a humane point of view as ultimately we are dealing with human beings, who happen to have taken a wrong turn in life. The number of women is on the rise and it is a positive sign. Any work environment is as good or bad for women as they decide it to be,” she says.
ACP, Khadki, Swapna Gore, says that the police department is a wonderful place for women to work and contribute to society. Gore, who is a direct deputy superintendent of police (DySP) recruited through the Maharashtra Public Services, has served in Aurangabad as a probationer and at the politically sensitive Kanakavali in Sindhudurg district in Konkan, before being posted in Pune.
“I have received excellent support from my seniors and colleagues throughout my tenure in Pune. As far as cases like murder investigations and other crimes are concerned, I believe that a female police officer can be as competent as her male colleagues. But when there are cases of crimes against women, specially minor girls and children, women cops can play an important role. The victims in these cases can open up more to female cops,” Sathe says, adding that several senior women officers have demonstrated in the past that they can play both the roles of a tough cop and able communicator as and when needed.