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December 2009

Dear members and colleagues,

As we approach the Christmas and New Year celebrations that many of us will be celebrating across the globe let us remember those who will not be able to spend time with family and friends, for whatever reason, at his time.

 I also want to recognise other celebrations and festivals that have recently taken place or are due in the next few weeks. Each has a unique significance to various cultures and religions and as an International organisation we recognise them all. Some examples are:

17th October Diwali (Hindu )
Diwali, the festival of lights, is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

For Sikhs, Diwali is particularly important because it celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, and 52 other princes with him, in 1619.

2nd November Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I (Rastafari )
Haile Selassie was the Emperor of Ethiopia. Rastas believe Haile Selassie is God, and that he will return to Africa members of the black community who are living in exile.

27th November Eid-Ul-Adha (Muslim )
Festival of Sacrifice marking the day after Arafat. The Day of Arafat is the most important day in the Hajj ritual. This is a four day holiday.

12th December Hanukkah (Jewish )
Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights and marks the restoration of the temple by the Maccabees in 164 BCE.

18th December Al-Hijira (Muslim )
Islamic New Year. Marks the migration of the Prophet Mohammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina.

25th December  Christmas Day (Christian )
The day when Western Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

26th December Boxing Day (Secular )
The day after Christmas Day. A secular festival.

St Stephen's Day (Christian )
St Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is celebrated on this day by Roman Catholics. The day is also called the Feast of Stephen.

27th December Ashura (Muslim )
Islamic holy day observed on the 10th of the Islamic month of Muharram. Shi'ite Muslims regard it as a major festival marking the martyrdom of the Prophet's grandson.

1st January New Year's Day (Secular )
The start of the Western calendar year.

Oshogatsu (or Shogatsu) (Shinto )
Shinto New Year, one of the most popular occasions for shrine visits.

Festival of St Basil the Great (Christian )
St Basil is one of the great fathers of the Orthodox Church.

6th January Epiphany (Christian )
Celebrates the visit of the wise men (the magi) to the infant Jesus. In the East, where it originated, the Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan.

Christmas Day (Armenian Orthodox) (Christian )
Armenian Christians celebrate Christ's birth at Epiphany, except for Armenians in the Holy Land, who celebrate Christmas on January 19th.

Theophany (Orthodox) (Christian )
Orthodox churches mark the baptism of Jesus on this day.

7th January Christmas Day (Ethiopian) (Rastafari )
Rastafarians believe Ethiopia to be their spiritual homeland, and a place to which they want to return.

Christmas Day (Orthodox) (Christian )
Most Orthodox churches use the Julian rather than the Gregorian version of the Western calendar. As a result, they celebrate Christmas 13 days later than other Christian churches.

14th January Makar Sankrant (Hindu )
Makar Sankrant is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu calendar and celebrates the sun's journey into the northern hemisphere.

So to all our members across the World I send greetings and hope for peace and for the safety of all those of you providing security and reassurance to your communities.

Jane Townsley

  Link to-
NBC News Video:
  Ringing in Christmas Around the World

  Link to - www.the-north-pole.com/around/index.htm 

Mary Stowe Passes Away

Mary Stowe was an IAWP Pioneer.  Many of us met her at the conference in September 2009.  The September-November 2009 issue of WomenPolice Magazine featured Mary on page 15.  Mary was featured again in the December 2009 - February 2010 issue of WomenPolice Magazine on page 8.  Chaplain Dow remembered Mary in a memoriam article.  Read it here.



The Daily Star Bangladesh Newspaper published the news of IAWP membership Award Ceremony and the reception of newly elected IAWP Region 15 Coordinator Amena Begum. http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=108342


Message from the President

October 2009
Dear all,
I was very proud to take over formally as your President at our conference in Seattle in September.

My priorities over the next three years will be to further promote the work of the IAWP. It is a fantastic, fast-growing organisation which recognises the unique and invaluable skills women bring to law enforcement.

We bring together officers of all ranks and from all corners of the globe to share experiences and learn from one another. We have a lot of important work ahead of us in ensuring our members are represented and receive training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

At the moment we are heavily involved in giving advice and support for the establishment of police women’s networks in Pakistan and Bosnia Herzegovina as well as continuing our work with SEPCA and the OSCE to establish a regional network in the Balkans. We are also sending representatives to speak at a conference entitled Women Police in a Democratic Society in Kyrgyzstan in November.

Updates on our important work will continue to be put on the website and also feature in our members magazine, WomenPolice.

With very best wishes,
Jane Townsley

Thru Dec 12 2009

Welcome New Board, 2009 - 2012

A new Board was installed and welcomed at the September 2009 Conference.   We are looking ahead to the future for the IAWP.  We are eager to work as a team to expand the organization, help it develop to a high level, and explore the IAWP's potential as a strong, leading organization for women officers everywhere.

Look to these pages for the IAWP officers.

Thru Dec 12 2009

CLICK HERE for the September 2009 homepage highlighting the IAWP Seattle conference.

  Conference Blog, Author Tamia Dow, Daily Entries

   Conference Mascot Ollie's Blog, Author Janet Wilson

UN reaches out at police conference to try to recruit more female officers

24 September 2009 – Female police officers serving in United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world have taken part in a training conference as part of the world body’s ongoing efforts to try to recruit more females to the ranks of its police.

Read the details in this press release provided by Lea Biason, Gender Affairs, United Nations.


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Law enforcement from all corners of the globe came together for IAWP 2009.  Many first-time attendees were welcomed and we hope to see them in Minneapolis in 2010.

The weather was beautiful and the hotel staff were wonderful.

See the daily blog by Tamia Dow for conference highlights. 

A conference photo gallery is coming in the next few weeks.  Check back.


Awards Program: Press and Media Coverage 2009

International Association of Women Police Welcomes the South African Police Service Delegates to the Conference 

The President of the International Association of Women Police welcomed 24 delegates from the South African Police Service (SAPS) to the IAWP 2009 conference.  

You can read about the history, mission, and accomplishments of SAPS at this link.

The SAPS Online Journal is at this link.

International Association of Women Police Helps Create Network in South East Europe 

The President of the International Association of Women Police has visited Serbia to advise on the creation of a new policewomen’s network in South East Europe.
Chief Inspector Jane Townsley was among a number of representatives from international law enforcement organizations invited to Belgrade for the two day meeting, which was held by the South East Europe Police Chief’s Association (SEPCA), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in conjunction with its nine member countries.

Chief Inspector Townsley said: “Women police officers bring unique and invaluable skills to criminal justice agencies around the world and I am delighted to have this opportunity to assist in the creation of a new policewomen’s network.

“The meeting in Belgrade enabled me to highlight the work of the IAWP and to share our organizational expertise in the sound benefits of providing support, training opportunities and networking for women in policing.

“One of the expected outcomes of the meeting was to build a network that will bring together women representatives from law enforcement agencies in the region and to promote women in policing by focusing on efforts such as equal career opportunities.”  Chief Inspector Townsley added: “I have given a commitment that the IAWP will continue to support and help in any way we can in the creation of a South East Europe Women Police Officers' Network. I am really looking forward to being able to witness the formation of the network. There is an obvious need within this region for a women’s network and the passion and commitment demonstrated to me by those attending the meeting should be embraced and supported.”

The next meeting is due to take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, in December, when the emphasis will be to raise the profile of work undertaken in support of creating the network and to gain high level support in each country in the region.

SEPCA is dedicated to building public security in South East Europe through its co-operative police services, together with the citizens and its partner organizations. Its nine member countries are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Federation, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Republika Srpska, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia which hosted the meeting.

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Just For Parents!  A conference special session that will immediately help you with your child.  Read about here.
A $25 cash donation will be collected at the door. (No checks, no credit cards, exact amount only please.)  All proceeds are donated to Crime Stoppers.  

Your Travel Schedule - Tell Us!  Provide us your travel schedule when you make your flight arrangements so we can plan shuttle service from the airport to the hotel.  For conference speakers, registered conference attendees, and the IAWP Board, Regional Coordinators, Trustees, and Committee Members.   Link is here.

Ice Breaker the evening of September 20!  Check www.iawp2009.org Opening Day for details.

47th Annual Training Conference
             Blog:  Coming Soon

For the first time ever, the IAWP Annual Training will be shared on a daily basis through a training  blog.  Tamia Dow is the official Conference Blogster and will provide training and conference highlights.  It is our hope that those who were not able to attend the 47th Annual Training Conference will still be able to get a first-hand view of the various training activities.  Check back.  The link will be activated in the near future.

September 2009 Conference Home Page

Chaplain Dow's Blogspot.  Check It Out!  
The international members pose for a photo. IAWP delegates make lifelong contacts around the globe. Join the IAWP now.
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Photos compliments of Chaplain Dow.  Click images for full-size pictures.

Biography Television Channel (USA): Female Forces
Reality TV on daily lives of female police officers of the Naperville Police Department, Illinois.  The IAWP's Betsy Brantner Smith is one of the female officers; hear Betsy's presentation at the IAWP Conference.


IAWP Delegates Making a Difference Worldwide
HANDCUFFS AND HAMMERS TEAM, Marie Przynski, IAWP Regional Coordinator, Region 7

Created in 1998 by Habitat for Humanity International, WomenBuild projects have empowered women all over the world to make a difference in their communities. At least 150 new homes are added to the WomenBuild list each year—over 1,400 have been built, internationally, to date. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has build 12 WomenBuild homes in the 7 county metro area and has just recently expanded to provide WomenBuild Opportunities year round.

The Handcuffs & Hammers Team is a group of professional women from the Minneapolis Police Department dedicated to giving back to the community by working on the WomenBuild Project. We are especially excited to be building our first home located at 4636 4th Av. S. in Minneapolis' 3rd Police Precinct. We are proud to be building the home side-by-side with the future owner, a single mother. As part of our responsibility to the project and to family, we have pledged to collect at least $1500.00 towards the purchase of building supplies. Our team build date is August 20, 2009. 

Visit this link to read the whole story. 

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IAWP Delegates have a strong sense of community; this is a prime example of reaching out and giving back.   Join the IAWP Today and be a part of the camaderie!

IAWP President to Give Presentation in Serbia
SEPCA, the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association, in conjunction with its 9 member countries, is holding a two-day meeting to hear advice and guidance presented by international law enforcement organizations on creating and sustaining a Southeast European Women Police Officers Network, WPON. This is an opportunity for the IAWP to showcase its reaches and organizational expertise in networking, women and policing. The meeting is titled "2nd Gender Expert Meeting on Women Police Officers Network (WPON)" and is being held in Belgrade, Serbia, July 22 and 23, 2009. 

One expected outcome of the meeting is building a network to bring together women representatives from law enforcement agencies in the region (SEPCA 9-member countries) and promote women in policing by focusing on such efforts as equal career opportunities. IAWP President Jane Townsley will make a presentation on how the IAWP network functions, its core modalities, and what challenges/opportunities can be identified. Women and Security Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) are among the sponsoring/organizing/participating organizations.

SEPCA is dedicated to building public security in South Eastern Europe through its co-operative police services, together with the citizens and its partner organizations. Its nine member countries are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Federation, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Republika Srpska, Bulgaria, Coatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia which is hosting the meeting.


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Cindy Shain, director of the Kentucky Regional Community Policing Institute at Eastern Kentucky University, was named the winner of the Women Leading Kentucky’s Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award at the group’s annual conference May 5 in Lexington. 

The Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award was created and presented to former Gov. Martha Layne Collins in 1999 for her contributions to the Commonwealth and its people. The award recognizes a Kentucky woman of achievement who inspires and motivates other women through her personal, community and professional lives. 

Cindy is a life long member of the IAWP and Co-Chairs the IAWP's International Scholarship Committee.

Full-text articles - Eastern Kentucky University, PDF file
                          Richmond Kentucky Register, PDF file
Read more Cindy: Human rights and security in Uzbekistan
                           National Institute of Justice Conference in Washington, D.C

Below: Cindy Receiving her Award, and, Speaking at the Podium
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July 12, 2009
The Board of Directors has approved a new funding opportunity for the IAWP Foundation. IAWP Foundation Board has approved a deal with www. fromyouflowers.com to allow persons to shop at the "From You Flowers" & help support The IAWP Foundation. The IAWP Foundation helps to educate and train women in law enforcement, or in police-related activities throughout the world, through training seminars, and also by assisting financially the continuing education of women in law enforcement. Simply click on www.fromyouflowers.com/iawp . You get a discount and IAWP Foundation receives a donation with every purchase.



I am Captain Robert L. Snow (ret) of the Indianapolis Police Department. Along with being a police officer for 38 years, I am also a professional writer with over a dozen books in print (see here). I presently have a contract to write a book about policewomen.

I was very fortunate to have been acquainted with Sergeant Elizabeth Coffal Robinson, who in 1968, as you know, was one of the first two policewomen in the United States to be assigned to street patrol. Fortunately, before she passed away this last April, she gave me several taped interviews and also gave me her police department notebooks and various pieces of memorabilia.

What I'm writing you about is I would like to gather anecdotes from other policewomen concerning aspects of their job. What I'm specifically interested in is:

1. What made you want to become a police officer?
2. Did you have difficulty in any part of the application phase for the police department that you felt was gender biased (i.e. physical agility test, interview board, etc.)? Please explain.
3. Have you ever been denied a position or promotion because of your gender? Please explain.

Would you please pass this information along? Also, if anyone would like to add an anecdote outside of the above three questions, please feel free to do so. As I always do with anyone I quote in my books, I will send a copy of how I would like the quote to appear to the person giving me a quote for approval or correction before I use it.

All responses can be sent to me at rlsnow@comcast.net.

As an aside, my inspiration for this book is that I have been happily married to a policewoman, now also retired, for 29 years.

Thank you for any help you can give me.


IAWP Seattle Conference Fundraiser
June 20, 2009 Saturday
Family-Friendly 5K Walk/Run

Run With Cops Not From Them

Marymoor Park, Redmond WA

Click here for last year's photos.

Fun for all.  Come and Join us.  Proceeds benefit the 2009 Conference and the Behind the Badge Foundation.


IAWP Chaplain Dow adds Photos to her Police Week Documentary

Read the Documentary and View the photos at http://www.iawp.org/chaplaindow/chaplain.htm 


Monday, September 21, 2009

6:00 p.m.

IAWP2010 Minneapolis Hospitality Night. The “Roaring 20s - Cops and Gangsters” is the theme - come in costume. Bring your voices, dancing shoes, kazoos and other talents - participate in the talent contest - great prizes to be awarded. 

The IAWP2010 recognizes that global economy concerns have impacted all of us. The IAWP2010 is committed to providing a phenomenal conference at a reasonable rate. Effective immediately the registration rates will be maintained at their current rates until 06/30/2010. 
Marie Przynski, IAWP 2010 Chair




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May 11 - 13 German Conference Report, Jane Townsley, Acting President IAWP
PDF Format   |  Original Announcement Webpage

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Affiliate Recognition Award Reminder-Deadline is June 15, 2009

This is a reminder that the Affiliate Recognition Award Program deadline is fast approaching.  This program is important in supporting and recognizing IAWP affiliate organizations which further our common goals.

Please review the criteria and submit a nomination.  Affiliate organizations can be found at this link.  Details and more information, contact Affiliate Coordinator, Myra James, Detective, Hamilton Police Services, 
Work: (905) 540-5545 Fax:(905) 546-4912  Pager: 905-543-2283
Email: MJames@hamiltonpolice.on.ca

Eligibility and Criteria:  PDF formatRTF format


Announcement: 200 Bangladesh Police Women Will Be IAWP Members In The Near Future.  This news brings a sense of pride to the organization and brings excitement for the IAWP membership to an even higher level.  The announcement is the culmination of the recent activities in establishing the Bangladesh Police Women's Network (BPWN).  Read more about the BPWN launch here. For details, contact Jane Townsley, Acting President, IAWP, BTP NEAHQ, First Floor, West Gate House, Grace Street, Leeds. LS1 2RP. UK, +44 7900 578615, eMail: janetownsley.iawp@blueyonder.co.uk
The IAWP 2009 Conference Chair, Beth A. Lavin, is now assigned to managing, organizing, and promoting the IAWP conference full-time.  
In releasing Officer Lavin from regular police duties earlier than originally planned, the King County Sheriff's Office is fulfilling its prior commitment to support the IAWP's 2009 conference in their city.

You can reach Beth on:  Telephone M-F 206-205-7918; cell phone 24/7 206-418-9274; or, email iawp2009@yahoo.com.  



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Ollie Visits Port Townsend.  See Ollie's photo documentary here.  Port Townsend is one of the stops on the Post Conference Tour in September 2009.  Reserve your Post Conference Spot Today!
thru 6/1
Blue Mass, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Washington, DC. Internet photo courtesy of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

National Police Week

Read Chaplain Dow's Blog Covering the Events

In 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. In 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton signed a law requiring the American flag to be lowered to half-staff each year on May 15. This year marks the 28th annual recognition for the service and sacrifice of all U.S. law enforcement officers.

In Memory of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers. Internet Photo courtesy of the NC Fallen Officers Memorial Foundation.

The IAWP recognizes and appreciates law enforcement officers all over the world and shares in the U.S. National Police Week honoring officers.  For we are all one, after all. 

thru 5-23-2009

Message to Members from the Acting President, IAWP,
Jane Townsley

Read the full message:  PDF   |  RTF

thru 5-11-2009



IAWP Chaplain Dow Covers National Police Week

National Police Week 2009IAWP Chaplain Tamia Dow is attending National Police Week (NPW), May 10 to May 16, 2009, in Washington, DC.  She will update her blog with photos and information as soon as she returns.  

You can view the NPW slideshow and read other details of the historic occasion by clicking on the NPW 2009 logo, or using the link below.

Click this link for details on National Police Week.

thru 5-15-2009


IAWP Reaching Out 
The Bangladesh Police Women's Network (BPWN) was launched in late 2008.  Then First Vice President IAWP, Jane Townsley, gave a presentation on the IAWP.  In return, the BPWN promised 500 IAWP memberships through the BPWN.  This is a significant IAWP outreach and a sign of important things to come.  
  • Read about the BPWN Launch Ceremony reported by the Bangladesh Police Reform Program (PDF file  |  DOC file )
  • Read about the BPWN Launch Ceremony reported by the United Nations Development Programme, Bangladesh (PDF fileDOC file)

The animated flag is the Flag of Bangladesh, courtesy of the UNDP.
The photo is of the BPWM launching ceremonies, courtesy of the Police Reform Program.

thru 5-16-2009