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 International Association
     of  Women Police

Our mission is to strengthen, unite and raise the capacity of women in policing internationally.

 Guiding Values of the IAWP
  - Embrace Diversity
  - Be Open Honest and Fair
  - Listen to our Members
  - Operate Professionally
  - Change to Improve





WELCOME Members, Visitors and Supporters Worldwide!

Welcome to the website of the International Association of Women Police.  The IAWP was established in Los Angeles, California USA in 1915 by the first American policewomen as an international organization to provide professional development, mentoring, training, networking and recognition for female law enforcement officers and civilian support staff, as well as increase the numbers of women in policing. One-hundred years later, IAWP has members in more than 60 countries and continues the same traditions established by the founders.




IAWP Welcomes NEW Board
President Margaret Shorter (RCMP retired, Canada) and a new Board took office at the Annual General Meeting in Cardiff Wales at IAWP 2015. View the IAWP officials | View Twitter for photos of IAWP 2015 Cardiff


IAWP 2015 Cardiff

TASER International Inc.,  produced a video of the conference IAWP2015.  Click the image below to view at YouTube.




2015 Scholarship Recipient's Training Workshop

2015 International Scholarship Recipient Organizes Workshop for Women Police Colleagues following 2015 Cardiff Conference. Victoria Yengkhom, Additional Superintendent of Police, Manipur Police Department, Manipur, India, was the IAWP 2015 Scholarship recipient. She attended the 53rd IAWP Training Conference in Cardiff Wales participating in the training and networking sessions. Upon her return to Manipur, she immediately set about to organize and present a 1-day Training Workshop for her colleagues to share what she learned at Cardiff. Pictured below are photos from Victoria’s Workshop. You can read more about Victoria on the IAWP website at  The next Scholarship Program will be announced early in 2016. You can download a PDF file with this information here.



Niche Technology Sponsors IAWP 2015 Medal of Valor

Read the Niche Technology Press Release




IAWP Adopted Officer Program

Under the program, an officer's membership fee is paid by an IAWP member who serves as the sponsor.  The program is open to any officer who can not afford the membership fee.  To read more, see IAWP Policy 16 and the webpages at and


IAWP Officials Meet with Taiwan Delegation

The IACP conference in Chicago was also host to a meeting with IAWP's Cindy Shain, Linda Mayberry, and Janet Crumley, and a delegation of police officers from Taiwan.  The delegates met to explore mutual interests of helping to grow the numbers of women in policing in Taiwan.  Pictured below with IAWP Officials are:
Taiwan Delegate Leo Lin, Senior Police Liaison Officer, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office who coordinated the meeting along with-
Huang, Tsung-Jen Deputy Director General, National Police Agency;
Lin, Dai-Wai Executive Officer, National Police Agency;
Wei, Ti-Kun Chief of Police, Aviation Police Bureau;
Lo, Huo-Hsiang Chief of International Affairs Section, Aviation Police Bureau;
Yu, Huei-Ma Assistant Commissioner, Taoyuan Police Department;
Lin, Hsu-Min Lieutenant, Taoyuan Police Department;
Cheng, En-Jan Deputy Commissioner, Keelung City Police Bureau;
Jen, Jr-Ren Chief of Foreign Affairs Section, Keelung City Police Bureau;
Liu, Yu-Chun Chief of Information Management Section, Keelung City Police Bureau


Photos courtesy of Taiwan Delegation


Republic of Mauritius: First women traffic police constables are strong models for other women

The Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Marie-Aurore Perraud, extended words of praise, recognition and encouragement to the first ten Women Traffic Police Constables during an Award Ceremony held in Port Louis today. The women had recently reinforced the riders’ team of the Traffic Branch of the Mauritius Police Force.   Read the full story...

Story and photo courtesy of Government of Mauritius
October 30, 2015



IAWP Announcements

Ongoing IAWP Announcements can be read at this link.




Just Released

The Geneva Center for Security, Development and the Rule of Law released its latest publication, Handbook on Gender and Complaints Mechanism.  Read more...



IAWP 2016 Barcelona Spain

Mark your calendars for October 2-6, 2016, for the IAWP 54th Annual Training Conference. Pre-register now for favorable fees and early conference details.



IAWP 2017 Cairns Australia

The IAWP 55th Annual Training Conference will be held in Cairns, Australia. Planning has started for this event! Read some history on Cairns on Wikipedia.



IAWP 2018 Calgary Alberta Canada

Calgary Alberta Canada won the bid for the IAWP 56th Annual Training Conference in 2018. Visit the City of Calgary webpage to see what all the city offers.



2015 Centennial Member Rate still in effect

BUY ONE YEAR, GET ONE YEAR FREE to the first 1,915 individuals! A Centenary Membership is just $25 for a two-year membership for developing countries and $40 for a two-year membership for all other countries. Centenary Memberships will have full member rights and privileges in the IAWP. (Membership renewals are not eligible and are excluded from this offer. The offer is valid February 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.) Click the link at the top right to join and pay.


President Jahjaga of Kosovo Presents Award to IAWP's Jane Townsley

President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga, attended today the official opening of the 53rd Annual Conference of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) which was held in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. IAWP this year mark the 100th anniversary of its establishment.
View Full Web Article  |  View President Jahjaga's Speech



Trinidad and Tobago Commemorates 60 Years

60 Years of Women in Police Service.
On the 29th August 1955 women police were introduced in Trinidad and Tobago. Out of over two thousand (2000) applicants, twelve were selected for training at the Police Training College, St. James Barracks, for a period of six (6) months. Eleven (pictured above) passed out of training after completing the course; one of the twelve returned to her substantial post from which she was seconded. Read more on the history of women police in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.



IAWP Campaigns

The IAWP is focusing on several critical issues. Read about each at their webpage link.

   STOP Human Trafficking ::Visit Webpage::

   Violence Against Women ::Visit Webpage::

   Awareness in Afghanistan ::Visit Webpage::


IAWP Resolutions

The IAWP Resolutions, For details or to recommend a Resolution to IAWP, contact Leanne Fitch, Chair IAWP Resolution Committee

IAWP Resolution #01-2013 Prevention and Intervention of Human Trafficking

IAWP Resolution #02-2013 Elimination of Violence against Women

Download IAWP Policy 33 Formal Resolution Policy



IAWP Global Presence through 26 Regions

IAWP has 26 Regions around the globe.  Visit the webpage for IAWP Regional Coordinators and the countries in the region.  Click here for the webpage.




The IAWP Foundation

Donate to the IAWP Foundation

The Mission of the IAWP is Raising the Profile of Women in Criminal Justice Internationally.  To that end, the IAWP Foundation provides funding for educational purposes under the US IRS Tax Subsection 501(c)(3).  In the U.S., donations to the IAWP Foundation are tax deductible. 


IAWP Centennial Coin

Own a piece of history!  IAWP 100-year Centennial Coin. 1915 - 2015. Click here for details.




Blasts from the Past

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2009 Conference Banner

2008 Conference Logo


2007 Conference Logo

IAWP Past President, Board of Trustees, Author

2011 Recruiting at Street Survival Seminar





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No reproduction or duplication, in whole or in part, of any section, item, text or graphics found on this Website is authorized unless a grant of License or Copyright Permission is specifically issued in writing. The IAWP Website is copyrighted and protected in full by international law as is the material and content therein protected by the IAWP.

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The IAWP Trademark is Serial Number 85106226 and the Registration Number is 3947363. 
     U.S.P.T.O. April 19, 2011.
The letters IAWP are Serial Number 85739692 and the Registration Number is 4346213.
     U.S.P.T.O. June 5, 2013.




The website has made a reasonable effort to provide for translation. However, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and these systems are not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text of the IAWP website is the English version of the website. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of information presented by the translated version of the website, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.  Webmaster, September 2011.


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