A Governor General, a Prime Minister – now add an Assistant Commissioner of Police to the list of women breaking the glass ceiling in Barbados this year.
And while she does not see her appointment as major, Lila Strickland, who has been acting in the position for the last five years, has acknowledged that it was definitely a breakthrough for females.
“I was doing the work since December 2013. It is not a big deal for me [but] it is an achievement for the female section,” she said.
Strickland, 62, was on Monday presented with her letters of appointment from Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith during a short ceremony at Police Headquarters.
“I have been in it for a while and I don’t think of anything that is new that is imminent but I have been making inroads,” she said.
She pledged to continue to give of her best at all times and continue to work closely with her colleagues to fulfill the mandate of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
Strickland’s appointment came exactly three months after Barbados witnessed the election of its first female Prime Minister Mia Mottley, 52, and about seven months after 69-year-old Dame Sandra Mason began her term as Governor General.
A record six women now serve as Members of Parliament in the 30-seat House of Assembly. Eight of 20 members of the Senate are female.
Commandment of the Regional Police Training Centre Sylvester Louis and Senior Superintendent of Police Eucklyn Thompson have been made Assistant Commissioners of Police.
The appointments will take effect from September 1. (MM)