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December 2010


History is Made.  The WPON is Officially Launched and Elects its First Executive Committee!

 

Jane Townsley, President of the IAWP, was invited to speak 
at this historic event.


Bosnia and Herzegovina; Sarajevo: 24-26/11/ 2010 / - 1st Annual Meeting of the Women Police Officers Network in South East Europe.
 

     On 24-26 November 2010, the First Annual Meeting of the Women Police Officers Network in South East Europe was held. The meeting was hosted by the Administration of Federal Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina and supported by  the SEESAC/UNDP Belgrade, SEPCA and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event was also supported by  DCAF, OSCE, IAWP by its President Ms Jane Townsely, UNDP Bratislava Regional Center, Karin Delin Devenio AB, Sweden who provided insightful input in the work of the WPON Council.


The Women Police Officers Network (WPON) in South East Europe (SEE) was officially launched at a meeting held November 25, 2010, in Sarajevo. At the meeting the first Executive Committee was elected and a work plan for 2011 was agreed upon.

Your President was honored to be invited at the 2010 formal launch and the election of the Executive Committee. President Townsley had been supportive in the development of the network and presented at the meeting in Belgrade in 2009 (see details here). Both Julia Jaeger (IAWP Regional Coordinator, Region 13) and Carol Thomas (Chair, Diversity Committee) have supported the development of the network by attending individual countries within the region to promote the WPON network to senior officials.

On 26th November 2010 in Sarajevo, the 1st Annual Meeting of the South East Europe Women Police Officers Network (WPON) was held, during which the WPON was officially launched. At the meeting, jointly organized by SEESAC, the South East Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) and the Administration of Federal Police in BiH representatives of the nine police services members of WPON elected the first Executive Committee and discussed and approved the annual work plan for 2011. A representative of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia was elected as the first Chair of WPON while the Deputy Chair is a representative of the Ministry of Interior of Croatia. The Executive Committee was completed with the election of a representative of the Ministry of Interior of the Republika Srpska (BiH) as Chair Elect.

Addressing the members of the WPON, Mr. Zlatko Miletic, Director of the the Administration of Federal Police in BiH, stated his unwavering support for improving the position of women in policing as a way to increasing police efficiency. He declared himself “very proud that the WPON is established and believe that it will make a significant contribution to increasing gender equality in the police services of SEE and making the police services more gender sensitive and hence more efficient.”

In his statement, H.E. Mr.Jan Braathu, Ambassador of Norway to Bosnia and Herzegovina, stressed the crucial role that women play in bringing the police service closer to the community that it serves and thus improving policing practice and better contributing to safer communities both at home and in the indivisible and unique security space that is Europe.

The establishment of WPON was initiated by SEPCA in 2008 and comes following a process of expert and technical meetings which took place throughout 2009 and 2010. The Network’s creation is supported by the recommendations from a regional study on the position of women in police services in SEE which was conducted in 2009. The study provides the framework for the work of the WPON in advancing gender equality in police services and promoting gender sensitive police work.

The WPON vision is that national women police personnel associations collaborate through WPON to improve the status of women in police services and ensure security for women in the region.

The WPON mission is to:

•Provide a platform for the exchange of experience and knowledge across police services in the region on the status, needs and priorities of police women in the SEPCA region.

•Facilitate the advancement of the position of women in police services and gender sensitive policing practices in SEPCA police services.

•Advocate for the implementation of gender equality and democratic principles in policing within SEPCA police services.

The establishment of the WPON is part of the project Support for Gender Mainstreaming in Policing Practices in South Eastern Europe implemented by UNDP/SEESAC in close cooperation with the South East Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA). The project is supported by Norway, Switzerland and the UNDP’s Gender Thematic Trust Fund. The project has benefitted from the support of the OSCE Mission in Serbia, OSCE ODIHR, RCC and the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

 

  The Agenda of the meeting can be downloaded here.

  Photos courtesy of SEE SAC, can be viewed here.

  Read the background for this historic event at the IAWP Website Archives.

 

Additional information on the Bosnia meeting, as well as details of other Southern Europe policing news, is available from the SEPCA Newsletter.  Click the image to read the PDF newsletter.

 


November 2010

ABOUT US - A Brief History

     The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) was first organized as the International Policewomen's Association in 1915. Their charter was adopted in 1916 in Washington, D.C.. The IPA became a "Depression casualty" in 1932, before the programs and ideals set into motion by the organization had been fully implemented.

     Women have been involved with police work since 1845, when they were assigned duty as matrons in New York City. In 1893 Mrs. Marie Owens, the widow of a policeman, was appointed to the force of Chicago Police Department by the mayor. She was the first woman given the rank of "policeman" with power of arrest.

     In 1910 Mrs. Alice Stebbins Wells of Los Angeles, California, became the first woman classified as a "policewoman." Mrs. Wells, a graduate theological student and social worker, prevailed after presenting to the mayor a petition bearing signatures of prominent citizens. [ Short History Wells ]

     Following her appointment, Mrs. Wells pioneered enforcement techniques aimed at preventing problems with youths. Her duties included enforcing laws that governed conduct at dance halls, skating rinks, penny arcades, movies, and other places of recreation attended by women and children. Eventually her efforts at promoting women for police activities to protect youths and prevent crime took root; our present-day juvenile bureaus and crime-prevention units can be traced directly to the foundations laid by Mrs. Wells.  In 1926, the organization was incorporated as The International Association of Policewomen under the non-profit status.
[ PDF Incorporation Document ]

     In 1956, at a meeting in San Diego of Women Peace Officer of California, the association was reorganized as the International Association of Police Women and the dormant ideas and ideals formed years earlier were again implemented.  In May of 1969,  the charter was changed to reflect the new name, International Association of Women Police.  

     IAWP Annual Training Conferences have become forums for research conducted by universities and professional organizations. The seminars have also attracted experts in diverse fields of criminal justice who share their views and disseminate important information to the members. Meeting for five days, women and men assemble from all over the world to broaden their knowledge through workshops and through lectures in a formal classroom setting. The friendships made and the informal exchanges of ideas and information are as enlightening as the formal sessions.  IAWP officials are often found as speakers and presenters at seminars and conferences around the globe.  Their expertise is shared with women police associations as well as localized groups throughout the year.

     Although the IAWP was established primarily to benefit women, it was recognized that a healthy criminal justice system requires that cohesiveness, professionalism and communication exist between men and women. Since 1976 male officers have been IAWP members.

     The IAWP can provide a strong network of support and training for every woman and man in the criminal justice system. If you are a law enforcement professional, you need to be informed about this organization. For more information email the IAWP Regional Coordinator in your area.  Visit other web pages through the navigation links at the top of the page. To see the countries represented by the IAWP, visit the Regional Coordinator webpage which lists the countries by regional representative.  To see a listing of typical Annual Training Conference participants by countries represented, use this link.

November 2010

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25, 2010


The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) joins the United Nations (UN) and countries around the world on November 25, 2010, in the global drive to end violence against women. Ending violence against women and ensuring women's participation in all aspects of institutions and communities is achievable, and a challenge for governments, civil societies, and international communities to stop the human rights violation. The IAWP calls for attention by its members on the date of November 25 to meet the challenge.

                       Read the IAWP Press Release in Support of November 25, 2010.

 


Courtesy United Nations

 

Background:
  UN Security Council Resolution 1820: Call to action to End Violence Against Women and Girls
  UN General Assembly Resolution 54/134: Designating November 25 and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and,
Inviting Governments, relevant agencies, bodies, funds and programmes of the UN, and other international organizations and non-governmental organizations, to organize on that day activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem of violence against women.

  How the Date Came to be November 25; The Story of the three Mirabal Sisters of the Dominican Republic.

Patria, Maria and Minerva Mirabal
Original Images Owned by the Mirabal Family

courtesy Colonial Zone-Dominican Republic 
  A commemorative stamp honouring the 25th 
anniversary of their deaths, 1985
courtesy Wikipedia

Los Hermanas Mirables/ The Mirabal Sisters. Four Dominican women from Salcedo, Dominican Republic. These women followed their convictions with bravery and selflessness to fight for what they believed. To fight against a dictator's rule they felt was wrong. Three of them - Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa - gave their lives for their cause. They were killed by some henchmen following the Dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo orders. They were a threat to this commanding man because they were involved with trying to overthrow his cruel, ruthless and fascist government.  The families' first run-in with Trujillo was at a party to which they were invited. The family left early. Trujillo was angry about this so he had the father, Don Enrique, arrested (no one was permitted to leave a party before Trujillo). Minerva and Dońa Chea were also arrested the following day. Every day Minerva was savagely tortured, raped and interrogated by two of Trujillo's men. She refused to write a letter of apology to Trujillo. Since the family was well connected, they knew the right people. They got Trujillo's brother, with whom they had acquaintance, to intercede for them and have the family members that were imprisoned released. They were again arrested a few years later and were always in fear of Trujillos men. This constant fear and stress led to Don Enrique, the girls father's, death on December 14, 1953. The group the Mirabal sisters helped form that fought against the Trujillo regimen was known as the Movement of the Fourteenth of June. The sisters were known as Las Mariposas/ The Butterflies. On November 25, 1960 Trujillo decided he had enough of the sisters trouble making and decided it was time to get rid of them. He sent his men to intercept the three women on their return home from visiting their husbands who were incarcerated. Trujillo had these men imprisoned in hopes that it would make the ladies shut up and stop their activities, which it did not. The sisters' car was stopped. They were led into a sugarcane field. Here they were mercilessly beaten, raped and strangled to death. Then their car was taken to a mountain known as La Cumbre, between Santiago and Puerto Plata, and thrown off. Trujillo thought he was finally free of "the problem." But what happened was just the opposite of what he had hoped. The plan failed. The people of the Dominican Republic, along with the Catholic church, were outraged. These ladies' lives were cut short because of their convictions. Trujillo, with this action brought more attention to the rebellion. Instead of eliminating the over throw of his dictatorship, he instead brought its downfall. This contributed to his assassination in 1961, only six months later. 

The International Day Against Violence Towards Women was accepted on December 1999. At the 54th session of the United Nations General Assembly was adopted Resolution 54/134. This resolution declared November 25th the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day was chosen because on November 25th, 1960 is when the three Mirabal sisters, Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa, from Dominican Republic were violently assassinated for their political activism. The sisters, known as the "Unforgettable Butterflies," became a symbol of the crisis of violence against women in Latin America. This date was chosen to commemorate their lives and promote global recognition of gender violence, and has been observed in Latin America since the 1980s.

 


 

 

 

IAWP 2010 Conference Evaluation

Conference Participants:
Please take a few minutes to provide an evaluation of the conference, presentations, and facilities.
  • Click here for the DOC form
    -Return by Mail, Fax, or Email

Thank you for your participation in the conference and your time in completing the evaluation form.

 

 

 

November 2010

The IAWP Announces Auto Bill for Members

 

Your already know the IAWP accepts your credit card payment through PayPal for your membership fee.  And now, IAWP offers Automatic Billing to your credit card for the annual membership fee.

When you sign up for auto bill, on the one-year date you will receive a  notice from PayPal that a charge to your credit card for the annual membership fee is about to be made.  You will be given an option to continue or discontinue the charge to your credit card; cancel the automatic billing entirely; or, change to a different credit card for the transaction.

Of course, you can still choose a single-year fee or a two-year fee (which lets you pay both years now).  The convenience of auto bill is that you pay a single-year rate each year with little further effort on your part.  

 

Sign up once, get auto-billed every year until you cancel.

 

 

 

Get Ready for the Holidays

FromYouFlowers is offering huge holiday discounts to IAWP members on floral arrangements, plants, food and fruit baskets.  Additionally, FromYouFlowers is offering bulk sales for Associations, Affiliates, and other companies affiliated with the IAWP.  See the note to the left on deliveries in the US and outside the US.

Always use the code 34F to receive your discount.  Check out the early Holiday Brochure here for ideas.

The IAWP Foundation earns a donation for each order placed through Code 34F.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy Burke live on Voice of America Radio.  The broadcast was October 27, 2010.  Kathy was the first featured guest. The Podcast will shortly be available on www.voiceamerica.com

Description: Kathy BurkeStarting off the show,  hero NYPD detective Kathy Burke, who, though barely 5'2" tall, joined the force in 1968 when only 1% of the police department was female; served 23 years and became one of its most highly decorated detectives. 

Her autobiography, hopefully soon to be made into a movie, Detective: The Inspirational Story of the Trailblazing Woman Cop Who Wouldn't Quit chronicles her career in some of the NYPD's most elite units; how she survived a shootout while working undercover on a drug bust during which she was gravely wounded and her partner was killed; and how she then doggedly pursued his killers for three years through the criminal justice system to an unsatisfactory and controversial end. 

Today, she's thriving though and helping other traumatized police officers do the same.  You've got to hear this fascinating, inspiring story.

IAWP Board of Trustees
Past President, IAWP
Detective, 1st Grade
New York City Police Department (retired)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>The IAWP homepage commemorating the 2010 conference can be found in the News Archives.


INVITATION TO GLOBAL POLICING CONCLAVE 2010

 This is to cordially invite you or your representative in your organisation to the “International Conference on Community Policing” conducted by the Govt. of Kerala (the Southern most state in India typically known as “Gods own country” and rated by the National Geographic Channel as one of the top 50 destinations in the world) and hosted by Kerala Police (one of the most renowned Police forces in India) in Kochi. Senior Police officers numbering around 150 will be coming from all around the globe and participating in the conference, which is expected to be one of the biggest police conferences in the country. The event takes place on 3-4th of Nov 2010 at Hotel Le Meridien, Kochi.

 The event will be inaugurated by the Hon. Union Home Minister of India Shri Chidambaram. There is no registration fee for the conference and the delegates have to pay only their airfare to Kochi and back. All the other expenses of boarding, lodging, fro and tours are taken care by us. 

 If you are interested in attending, please mail us back, so that we can send you a official invite. So please make it to the conference, which will be mutually beneficial for all of us.

Thanks and regards

Manoj Abraham IPS
Commissioner of Police
Kochi City, Kerala, India
manojabraham05@gmail.com

www.kochicitypolice.org
http://janamythirikochicitypolice.blogspot.com/

Click here for PDF Files.


 

 IAWP 2010

Greetings to all our Members, Visitors,  
and Supporters Worldwide!


 

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See You September 26, 2010!

IAWP President, Jane Townsley

 

Read the President's Welcome Letter (PDF).

During September 26 - 30, 2010, the International Association of Women Police will host its 48th Annual Training Conference.  Set in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, we are pleased to welcome our colleagues and friends from around the world.

 

Albania Antigua and Barbuda Australia Bangladesh Bermuda Brazil Bosnia-
Herzegovina
Botswana Burkino Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Chad
China Cote d' Ivoire Curacao Cyprus Finland France Gambia
Germany Ghana Guinea-
Bissau
India Indonesia Ireland Italy
Kenya Korea Kosova Lebanon Liberia Malawi Mexico
Mozambique Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nigeria Norway
Philippines Portugal Romania Russia Rwanda Senegal Serbia
Sierra Leone Singapore South Africa Sudan Sweden Switzerland Timor-Leste
Togo Trinidad and Tobago Uganda United Kingdom United Nations United States Virgin Islands (US)
Zambia Zimbabwe

                 

If you have been following our periodic conference releases, you are aware you will have the opportunity to meet two distinguished officers who were chosen for the IAWP 2010 International Recognition and Scholarship honor.

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Chief Commissar Edlira Zoto, Albanian State Police, IAWP 2010 International Recognition and Scholarship Officer

 

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Inspector General Sandhya Bharatha Das, Indian Police Service, IAWP 2010 International Recognition and Scholarship of Distinction Officer

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Chief Commissar Edlira Zoto of the Albanian State Police (ASP), is a five and-a-half year police officer with the rank of Chief Commissar. She promoted to this rank the same day when she received notification of being the 2010 IAWP International Scholarship recipient. Her position is Specialist of the newly created Quality and Diversity Affairs Section within the ASP General Directorate. Chief Commissar Zoto's bio and award details are at this link.

As a result of a very generous gift to the IAWP, we were able to honor a second individual, Inspector General Sandhya Bharatha Das of the Indian Police Service, as the 2010 IAWP International Scholarship of Distinction recipient. With 22 years of experience in the Indian Police Service, IG Bharatha was the first female to serve as IG of Police of the Kerala Armed Police Battalions and was also the first women IG of Police over Traffic in Kerala. Inspector General Sandhya Bharatha Das' bio and award details are at this link.

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The Minneapolis Marriott City Center at 30 South 7th Street, is the official hotel and host of the IAWP 2010 Conference. It is a wonderful location in the middle of Minneapolis’s downtown district and close to everything you need. The conference committee arranged a special room rate with the Marriott at $155.00 USD per night (plus applicable taxes) for occupancy of up to four people. Make sure to mention IAWP 2010 when making your reservations by phone or provide the IAWP 2010 discount code of IWPIWPA. Telephone +1-612-349-4000.


Quick links:

ONLINE Payment and Registration is Closed.  To see the schedule for Onsite Payment and Registration, use this link.


 

 

A Note to IAWP Members from Dorothy McPhail in Christchurch, NZ. Many of you know Dorothy as a prior International Scholarship Winner and a participant at many conferences. She, her family and property are fine. 

Disaster recovery efforts underway in the country.
September 4, 2010
IAWP Web Message

 

 

AUGUST 2010

 

  The IAWP Announces the 2010 International Recognition and Scholarship of Distinction Recipient, Inspector General Sandhya Bharatha Das,  Indian Police Service

Bio and Details  August 2010

 

 


 

  The IAWP Announces the 2010 International Recognition and Scholarship Recipient, Chief Commissar Edlira Zoto, Albanian State Police

Bio and Details  July 2010

 

 

 


Illinois to put up monument to women in law enforcement, One of the first of its kind in the u.s.

Illinois: Unveiling of the Women in Law Enforcement Memorial and dedication of the Sheriff Lillian Holley Law Enforcement Resource Center, Crown Point, Lake County. 

Lake County's first female sheriff  Read Article at this link
Lillian Holley was born Aug. 11, 1891, in Kentland and lived with her husband, Lake County Sheriff Roy Holley, and twin daughters in Crown Point.

When her husband was gunned down in the line of duty in January 1933, Holley took over at the age of 42, making her the first and only female sheriff in Lake County. She held the position for two years, serving out the remainder of her husband's term.

During Holley's tenure, infamous gangster John Dillinger escaped from the Lake County Jail. She is pictured with Dillinger in a famous photograph of the outlaw with other law enforcement officials after his capture in Crown Point.  See story and picture below.

After her term as sheriff ended, Holley quietly lived out her days in her white Victorian home on South Street where she remained until her death in 1994 at the age of 103.

"This is about women in law enforcement and their contributions to making us a better profession and their dedication to making us a better society," Lake County Sheriff Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez said.

Dominguez got the idea for the project during a trip with the late Lake County Police Chief Gary Martin to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. They observed that women's service wasn't recognized until the Vietnam Women's Memorial was installed near the site of The Wall.

Dominguez formed a committee to craft a plan, and the group decided to dedicate the old sheriff's home at 93rd and Main as The Sheriff Lillian Holley Law Enforcement Resource Center, with the monument to all female law enforcement officials outside the building.


Lillian Holley when Sheriff was duped by famous U.S. outlaw John Dillinger, who escaped her jail using a wooden gun. Read this story at this link: http://www.hydeparkmedia.com/dillinger.html 
John Dillinger (in vest) poses in the Crown Point, Indiana jail in1934.
Sheriff Lillian Holley, far left.



  Southeast Europe Police Chief Association

- July 2010: SEPCA Publishes its 20th Newsletter 

Main topic:
"Interim Steering Committee Meeting on the Establishment of Women Police Officers Network (WPON)"
  - For SEPCA Projects Fact Sheets: Click here

 


Register for IAWP 2010!

Click here to go to the Conference Website.

 


 

 


 

    closing IAWP at the G8/G20 Summit

 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

If you have been following any of the news lately, you will know that that G8/G20 Summits may be over but there are some lingering issues. It is fairly safe to say that all officers who were part of the Integrated Security Unit were kept busy.

But...true to her word, IAWP First Vice President Margaret Shorter sent me a final summation of her perspective of the Summits. Here is the last version of Marg on the Move.

Marg on the Move:
Well, after I last wrote, event accelerated to consume my every waking hour. As a result, I am writing this now in the aftermath of the G20 meetings as the security operations wind down.

While in Toronto I was assigned to day shift from 0600 to 1800 hours. I had to be up at 0400 and on the bus by 0500 (which was really 0200 hours in Vancouver according my to my biological clock!) and we didn't get to back to the hotel until approximately 2000 hours. In spite of the relief shift best efforts to get to us in a reasonable time, the movement of various demonstrations affected the coordination of bus transportation. When we did arrive back at the hotel, I would still have to shower and lay out my gear to dry for the next shift. I forced myself to take an ice bath most nights in order to bring down my core temperature and reduce swelling in my legs and feet (a little trick I learned as a runner). I survived on late night room service and four to five hours of sleep a night during my stay in Toronto.

My first assignment was as Sector 5 Supervisor. That put me in charge of 18 RCMP officers along a controlled section of Front Street within the Restricted Access Zone, or RAZ. This was the primary route for motorcade escorts coming and going from the Metro Toronto Convention Center where the delegates were holding meetings. I spent three days getting to know the site, my staff, and the contingency plans with my sector....and then....the entire plan changed.

I woke up on the morning of June 24th to find myself leading a new team as the day shift Supervisor of Sector 6. This was the section of the RAZ line that wrapped around the north side of the Toronto Fairmont York Hotel. Many of the G20 representatives were actually staying here which also made it a major motorcade destination. There was a satellite command post within the hotel with extra layers of RCMP and Security staff for protection of the hotel guests. This interface became the most challenging for my in terms of crisis communication and planning since they were under separate command supervision and on separate radio channels from my team and the command staff on the RAZ line.

As the weekend approached, the level of activity in the streets of Toronto increased. The G8 meetings in Huntsville concluded Saturday morning (June 26th) and those leaders, their contingents, and many of the security resources were relocated to the G20 in Toronto. My team responsibilities grew and communications with senior command became more difficult. I was wearing two portable radios and a Blackberry in order to maintain contact with the various areas. I had to depend on my field intelligence from our close proximity to the Toronto Police Service and other municipal departments which were manning the Interdiction Zone outside of the RAZ fence. Some of my younger, very techno savvy members, were staying informed by using cell phones, PINing, and texting friends in the Intelligence Unit. They were also accessing media websites for some very timely information.

The RAZ line contained a number of gates where credentials could be checked with electronic scanners and visually inspected. Members were under a lot of pressure from the hundreds of workers and international delegates who needed access to the RAZ.

By Saturday Toronto's financial district was under siege and protesters were approaching our fence line at Union Station next to the Royal Bank of Canada building. Unified Command was critical and the intelligence suggested that we could expect a focused mass assault at our location where ladders and grappling hooks would be used to scale the fence.

I walked the line many times ensuring that each member had their questions and concerns addressed, that they had their necessary equipment at the ready, and that they had been relieved at some point to get food and water. I reinforced the need to know the municipal counterparts across from our position and to review mutual plans for any contingency. The day wore on their were stories of clashes along the line and in the areas of Queen's Park. It was an exhausting to be on alert and have the adrenaline running all day long like that.

By late Saturday many of the leaders of various factions were under arrest. By Sunday morning, much of the energy had dissipated with the lack of leadership and by late Sunday a light rain became an additional discouraging deluge. Once we were relieved we turned in our gear and headed "home" to the hotel. My last challenge was reviewing the paperwork to ensure everyone from my unit would be properly compensated, I hopped on a buy at around 1900 hours only to find out there was one last delay with the mass exodus of delegates in motorcades heading to the airport.

Monday brought about our own mass exodus from Toronto. The line ups we created at Pearson International appeared to overwhelm the airport staff. While I did make it to my flight with 20 minutes to spare, my luggage has still not found its way home.

I sent a text message to my Sector Team today in order to bring myself some closure to this adventure. I truly feel and what I said in that message: "...The experience should serve you well...I hope the memories will be good one."

Thanks for listening,
Marg

 

 

 

    IAWP at the G8/G20 Summit

Read the latest Blog entries to keep up to date!

 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Marg makes friends where ever she goes!
I watched the news all weekend thinking what a tough go all those officers were having while working at the G8/G20 Summits. Well...leave it to Margaret to make new friends, even in tough times, and to always have a smile on her face!

Here Margaret is standing at the rear of the Ontario Provincial Police Tactical Response Vehicle. She tells me that she did not have time to ask his name but clearly they both enjoying a moment of quiet in downtown Toronto.

With gas mask equipment bag in one hand and hard helmet in the other, Margaret shows that she is prepared for anything. Her she is standing with a fellow RCMP Officer in front of the Royal York Hotel. For those who are not familiar with Toronto, this is very near the security fence line that was so fiercely guarded by all the officers who worked on the Integrated Security Unit.
Thanks once again Margaret for sharing your journeys across Canada!

 


 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Can you guess who recently had to upgrade her gas mask training in preparation for security duties at the G8 and G20 Summit?

Well guess no longer my IAWP friends. Our very own IAWP First Vice President Margaret Shorter was once again called to into action for the upcoming G8 and G20 Summit. Yep...that's her sportin that mask!

Margaret knew she was in for something big when she got an email a few weeks back that directed her to ensure that her gas mask training was current. It wasn't. In fact, Margaret told me that British Columbia had done a recall for distribution of gas masks and I she had not done her annual refit since 2005.

Her next problem arose when she received her travel itinerary to Toronto. Good news was that the flight allowed for her to attend her son's graduation. Bad news was that she was assigned an operational defense position on the security perimeter at "the main event".

Margaret and I joked about her assignment at the summit. But as promised she has provided me with a lengthy update to share on the eve of the G8. Here are her thoughts on this experience:

Marg on the Move...
Hello from Toronto, host city to the Group of 20 countries whose leaders will attend meetings here this week.

There are some significant differences between the G8 and G20 Summits. The smaller group of 8 world leaders meet first. Their meetings are planned for June 25 and 26 in the holiday resort town of Huntsville in the Muskokas where many Canadians from this part of the country have holiday cottages.

The G20 leaders will have their meetings on June 26 and 27 her in the culturally diverse city of Toronto. It's not to say that I would choose Huntsville for my assigned duties. Up there the security forces are being issued with bug spray and live in a small city of construction trailers with hubbed washrooms.

Here...where I am...I have my own hotel room and a 99.5% chance that I will be using my gas mask.

I have a view of the CN Tower and it reminds me of the great time I had at the IAWP Conference in 2000. Back in 2000 we enjoyed brunch up on top of the CN Tower. Although it will be closed during the Summit, it is the site for some high profile special events like the YWCA Women of Distinction awards this weekend.

I have had some surprises since I arrived here last Friday. I have bumped into a few old friends, some I have not seen for a long time and some from my own Province. I found myself assigned as Sector Supervisor for one of the fence line teams.

Our orientation here has been a whirlwind of information sessions, equipment issue, and site familiarization. The sun has been shining and all of the young officers seem to own a pair of Oakley sunglasses - which I find very cool.

My experience with the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit during the Olympics has been a great starting point. I am familiar with the event management software used for posting our initial deployment information and I adapted procedures for working within a spectrum of policing and partner agencies. Even the official accreditation process has many Olympic-style elements. The G20 is another major security event and I am grateful to have had the Olympic experience to draw upon.

The most important elements of leadership so far have been the effective communications ... and...proper hydration!

Naturally, my Olympic buddy and fellow IAWP Second Vice President Myra James has checked in on me. Knowing I was in town she called to be sure that I was OK and was having a good experience here in Region 11. For her ongoing friendship I am grateful. Who knows what is yet to unfold? It is good to know I have a friend nearby....

Tomorrow is another big day. Wish me luck!

Cheers,
Margaret

 

 

 

Message from the President

May 24, 2010

          On behalf of all members of IAWP and women officers across the World, I send thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Ann Duncan, who sadly passed away so very suddenly and unexpectedly.


          Ann Duncan from Trinidad & Tobago had been a member of the Board of Directors for many years and only ‘retired’ from the position of Regional Coordinator for Bermuda, Caribbean Islands, Central America, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, South America, Virgin Islands and the Bahamas, Region 17, in September last year. Whilst on the Board, Ann did so much for the women of the Caribbean, IAWP membership in that region grew, she connected with the Caribbean Chiefs of Police, and, she influenced our organisation in so many ways.

          Those of you who had the privilege of meeting Ann will remember her warmth, knowledge and strength of personality.  She was a lady of great stature who continually supported and mentored others. She was recognised for the work she had done, not only for women in policing but also in promoting the mission and values of IAWP when, at the Leeds Conference in 2005, she was presented with the Dr. Lois Higgins Grote Heritage Award. I can remember how proud she was and how proud her family was to see her walk onto the stage in front of all the delegates and chiefs of police at the opening ceremony to receive her accolade.

          Ann continued to mentor and encourage women officers even after she herself had retired from active duty.  Having decided to ‘retire’ from the Board of Directors, she made it clear she was not ‘retiring’ from IAWP.   During the 2009 elections, no candidate came forward from Region 17 to step into her shoes but before the end of the Seattle conference, Ann had yet again demonstrated her mentoring skills and commitment to IAWP and identified AnnMarie Alleyne from Trinidad & Tobago who agreed to follow in Ann’s footsteps and become the new Region 17 Coordinator.

          The lesson to us all with Ann’s passing is to live life to the full, spend as much time with those you love, and to provide guidance and understanding to those who need our help. 
We, the IAWP have lost a dear family member,

Jane Townsley
President
IAWP


 

 

Historic 2010 Board Meeting in South Africa

 

  Read Paarl Post Newspaper Article on IAWP "Refugees" April 29, 2010

April 10 - 17, 2010


     The International Association of Women Police marked a historic occasion this past week when we held our first Board Meeting in Africa. The IAWP was invited to South Africa as the guests of the South African Police Service. The Spring Board Meeting was held at the South African Police Services' Management and Leadership Development Center located in Paarl, South Africa. Attendees were warmly welcomed by our host, Lt. General, South African Police Service, Manoko Nchwe, and several other law enforcement dignitaries. Manoko Nchwe has also joined our Board as the Co-Coordinator for Region 18. This was an exciting and productive occasion and you will soon hear more details of this weeklong event.


     The excitement continues because the Icelandic volcanic ash grounded many departing international flights which means that IAWP Board Members are enjoying a few extra unplanned days in South Africa.

 

Message from the President of the IAWP, Still Grounded in South Africa

April 21, 2010 Cape Town, South Africa

The IAWP Board of Directors had a very successful Board Meeting in South Africa, not only due to the unrivaled hospitality shown by our hosts but also due to the energy and enthusiasm of this new Board. This was the first full meeting since the elections last September and be reassured that this Board, made up of volunteers is determined to make progress for IAWP on behalf of you the members.

The Board Meeting was historic in a number of ways. It was the first time the IAWP Board have ever been to the African Continent and only the fourth time in IAWP's history that a Board Meeting at this time of year has been held outside North America. Also historic in that every continent of the World was represented at the meeting as Regional Coordinators were there from across the globe. I can announce a number of new appointments to board positions. Lt General Manoko Nchwe has been appointed Region 18 Co-coordinator; Helen Rawlings is Nominations Committee Chair; Mel Edwards (Region 14) is Marketing Chair and she will be working very closely with Stephanie Harding (Region 16) who is Fundraising Chair.

There are many people to thank, but particular mention needs to go to Colonel Johan Koen who not only was in constant contact with me prior to our arrival to ensure everything was in place, but during our stay he made sure our every need was met. Not an easy feat when dealing with such a large diverse group like us.

Most of the Board have now returned or are en route home: myself, Simon Townsley (Editor), Michele Lish (Recording Secretary), Julia Jaeger (Region 13), and Helen Rawlings (Nominations Chair) are still in Cape Town and unable to book flights until May 3. (update 4/29)  

This has certainly been an adventure but the friendliness and kindness of all the people we have met in South Africa has been exceptional and I could not think of a better place to be 'stranded'.

Jane Townsley
President
IAWP

 


 

Annual Awards Nominations, Deadline Extended through May 10, 2010

Calling all Police Supervisors. The Annual IAWP Awards Program provides a prestigious tangible expression of appreciation to the individuals who receive one of the honors. The IAWP Awards are presented in a unique setting with the global police community as witness. Your officer receives recognition far beyond the ceremonial plaque - the individual is also showcased in the WomenPolice Magazine, the official IAWP Member quarterly publication. 

This is an opportunity to draw attention to you and your police force because if your officer is publicly acknowledged, so is your department. Your officers deserve gratitude; let us help you provide that honor. Nominate your best for official 2010 IAWP world-wide recognition. 

Use this link to review the IAWP Annual Awards and their criteria.

 


 

Historic 2010 Board Meeting
Two Articles Below

April 10 - 17, 2010

The International Association of Women Police marked a historic occasion this past week when we held our first Board Meeting in Africa. The IAWP was invited to South Africa as the guests of the South African Police Service. The Spring Board Meeting was held at the South African Police Services' Management and Leadership Development Center located in Paarl, South Africa. Attendees were warmly welcomed by our host, Lt. General, South African Police Service, Manoko Nchwe, and several other law enforcement dignitaries. Manoko Nchwe has also joined our Board as the Co-Coordinator for Region 18. This was an exciting and productive occasion and you will soon hear more details of this weeklong event.

The excitement continues because the Icelandic volcanic ash grounded many departing international flights which means that IAWP Board Members are enjoying a few extra unplanned days in South Africa.


   Message from the President
   IAWP, Still in South Africa

April 21, 2010  Cape Town, South Africa

     The IAWP Board of Directors had a very successful Board Meeting in South Africa, not only due to the unrivaled hospitality shown by our hosts but also due to the energy and enthusiasm of this new Board. This was the first full meeting since the elections last September and be reassured that this Board, made up of volunteers is determined to make progress for IAWP on behalf of you the members.

     The Board Meeting was historic in a number of ways.  It was the first time the IAWP Board have ever been to the African Continent and only the fourth time in IAWP's history that a Board Meeting at this time of year has been held outside North America. Also historic in that every continent of the World was represented at the meeting as Regional Coordinators were there from across the globe. I can announce a number of new appointments to board positions. Lt General Manoko Nchwe has been appointed Region 18 Co-coordinator; Helen Rawlings is Nominations Committee Chair; Mel Edwards (Region 14) is Marketing Chair and she will be working very closely with Stephanie Harding (Region 16) who is Fundraising Chair.

     There are many people to thank, but particular mention needs to go to Colonel Johan Koen who not only was in constant contact with me prior to our arrival to ensure everything was in place, but during our stay he made sure our every need was met. Not an easy feat when dealing with such a large diverse group like us.

     Most of the Board have now returned or are en route home: myself, Simon Townsley (Editor), Michele Lish (Recording Secretary), Julia Jaeger (Region 13), and Helen Rawlings (Nominations Chair) are still in Cape Town.  Robin Matthews (Region 10) is in J'Burg . Sandra Martin (Region 12) and her family are due to leave Cape Town on Thursday 22nd so lets hope they can get away. Mel Edwards (Region 14) is also still in SA but has now managed to get a flight to UK on 23rd April to continue her holiday. 

     This has certainly been an adventure but the friendliness and kindness of all the people we have met in South Africa has been exceptional and I could not think of a better place to be 'stranded'.

Jane Townsley
President
IAWP


Deadline EXTENDED to May 11, 2010

IAWP Annual Awards Programs:  
OPEN for NOMINATIONS

Calling all Police Supervisors.  The Annual IAWP Awards Program provides a prestigious tangible expression of appreciation to the individuals who receive one of the honors.  The IAWP Awards are presented in a unique setting with the global police community as witness. Your officer receives recognition far beyond the ceremonial plaque - the individual is also showcased in the WomenPolice Magazine, the official IAWP Member quarterly publication. 

This is an opportunity to draw attention to you and your police force because if your officer is publicly acknowledged, so is your department. Your officers deserve gratitude; let us help you provide that honor. Nominate your best for official 2010 IAWP world-wide recognition. 

Use this link to review the IAWP 2010 Awards criteria.


 

IAWP 2010 International Scholarship and Recognition, One of the Annual IAWP Honors

The International Association of Women Police's Award Committee announced that it is open to receive applications for The IAWP International Scholarship and Recognition Award.  The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2010.  

Read the Announcement here.   |   Get Award details here.



The International Association of Women Police Announce A Job Broadcast Service

Hundreds of Police Officer Positions from Dozens of Countries to be Publicized through the International Association of Women Police Network; Benefits Employers and Women Officers

The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) is offering its international network to assist employers reach potential women police officers globally.  The IAWP hopes to bring together law enforcement officers from more than 50 countries with employers seeking to fill vacancies.  The broadcast system for jobs will promote leadership, professional development, diversity and offer networking opportunities.

"It's a perfect match for potential employers and the IAWP.  We are very pleased to be able to assist police departments and other employers locate qualified women officers to fill career vacancies.   By using our service, employers will be able to reach women police officers on a broad local as well as a global basis.  We can provide a higher level of visibility for a position than most employers can on their own.  For a very small processing fee of $15(USD), the job announcement is on its way into the hands of hundreds of potential candidates," said Jane Townsley, President, IAWP.  "We have an outstanding platform for female, and male, police officers to gain early knowledge of job openings.  The IAWP network also offers a unique opportunity for businesses to market to an interested and motivated target audience - a terrific opportunity for recruiters to reach a large population of potential hires."

For information about this and the IAWP itself, see the IAWP Career Webpage.

 
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/international-association-women-police-announce-job-broadcast-service

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SEPCA Publishes Newsletter 14

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Dear Colleague,

Sofia - 14th of January 2010: SEPCA Publishes its 14th Newsletter with Main Story focusing on the Women Police Officers Network Meeting, Expert Group held in Sofia on the 2nd and 3rd December 2009.

Link to Newsletter 14 (PDF format)

Link to Women Police Officers Network Event
Link to SEPCA Communications Liaison Officers Event


Best regards from SEPCA Executive Secretariat

 


President’s Message - March 2010

Across the globe on 8th March each year, events take place to celebrate ‘International Women’s Day’ and the IAWP is no different. Police Women networks will be using this day to raise the profile of women within law enforcement in various countries, it is also an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the issues faced by women within the many communities that we police.

In the UK various events will be taking place, the Women’s Support Forum , WSF, of my own force British Transport Police (BTP) is holding a conference on this day. Its theme is to recognise the contribution women make to BTP. We will be exploring some of the issues faced by women within the force and in particular establishing whether it is a myth or reality that women’s careers end when they choose to have children.

If you are not actively engaged in a special event to mark International Women’s Day, give some thought to how the women you know contribute to our daily lives. In policing we need to recognise the many women who work in civilian support functions to ensure police officers, both male and female, are better able to deliver a service to their communities. In the UK women make up the vast majority of civilian support staff, performing a vital back office function, many too are involved in front line delivery supporting their police officer colleagues. Career development for civilian staff within the UK police service is limited and the higher the grade of staff, the more likely we are to find men in those top positions. Very similar to the gender make up within the police ranks, and I am sure this is mirrored in countries across the globe.

It seems whether we are police officers or civilian support staff, we as women need to recognise our own contribution in making our communities safe and ensure we work together to ensure not only our male colleagues but the communities we serve recognise that vital contribution.

International Women’s Day is also a time to reflect on the crimes committed against women across the globe, in some countries women are suffering daily from abuse both physical and mental. It is also a day to remember the women pioneers that have gone before us and have made our lives easier, and for the female role models that we all need to allow us the strength to continue to strive to reach our full potential.

Whatever you are doing on the 8th March, make sure you take time to reflect and, if you are a woman give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it.

Jane Townsley
President IAWP

International Women's Day Website Link

International Women Day in Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Bangladesh Formed Police Unit Logistic Officer ASP Abida is present  in the rally.  
Photo March 8, 2010 from Amena Begum, Regional Coordinator, Region 15

Click image for larger display.


President’s Message - February 2010

I would like to wish all our members and police colleagues from China and those of Chinese origin, wherever they are in the World, “A happy and prosperous new year.” Sunday 14th February 2010 is the first day of the Chinese New year, the year of the Tiger, and will be celebrated by Chinese communities across the globe; days of celebrations will culminate on the 15th of February with the Lantern festival.

In Seattle I was honoured to meet members of the Chinese delegation including Zhao Yuan Vice President of the Beijing Association of Women Police which was established in October 2007. This association has more than 7000 members; its current President is Dong Xiaobing. The Association’s main function is to devote unity between female police and to defend their legitimate rights and interests, promote their self respect, confidence, independence and self reliance.

Jane Townsley
President IAWP



 

IAWP At the 2010 Olympics February 2010

Created and Edited by Sandra Martin, IAWP Region 12 Coordinator

   Online News Blog   |  Webpage


 

President’s Message - January 2010

 

I wish all members and colleagues a safe and rewarding 2010 as we all strive to deliver quality policing to our communities and for women officers to achieve their full potential. We cannot do this alone and there are many supporters out there wanting us to succeed, including many of our male colleagues. We are an inclusive organisation and recognise and value all our members for what they contribute to our mission, vision and guiding values.

Yet again we start a new year with an International disaster; the recent earth quake in Haiti has brought devastation to a country. We see the emergency services from across the globe pulling together to provide valuable aide and specialist skills to help the people of Haiti. At the 2009 IAWP conference in Seattle we were introduced to the valuable work of the United Nations and their peace keeping missions, Haiti is a country where this work has been ongoing and sadly we hear that some staff at the UN Mission are still unaccounted for. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by this disaster.

In many countries of the World recently weather has had a devastating impact, with extreme cold weather and snow affecting many continents in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in the UK we have had the worse winter for 30 years and other European countries have been badly affected as have parts of the United States. Yet again police officers have performed their duties in very difficult circumstances, saving lives and assisting the vulnerable, doing their job. 

During difficult times we pull together to support each other, networking and looking out for each other, being a member of IAWP provides an opportunity to make those connections, to share problems, experiences and of course to help each other find solutions.

Looking forward 2010 is set to be an exciting one for IAWP, I have accepted an invitation from the South Africa Police Service to host our next Board of Directors meeting in April. This will be the first time the IAWP have made a formal visit to South Africa, we look forward to progressing the business of the IAWP during two days of meetings as well as finding out more about the contribution being made by women police officers in South Africa and gaining a greater understanding of the South African culture.

Finally a plea from me, former 2nd Vice President Lynette Hogue needs your help with her project to produce a DVD to promote the IAWP. In the latest IAWP magazine we read that she has secured a commitment from Sharon Gless, of Cagney and Lacey fame, to narrate the DVD and Lynette appealed for information from women officers across the globe, including pictures to help her complete the project. This is a great opportunity for us all to celebrate the contribution women make to policing, don’t waste this opportunity. Lynette needs your material as soon as possible and she can be contacted at LAHogue@aol.com an IAWP member is asking for our help, please don’t let her down.

Jane Townsley
President IAWP

thru 2/11/2010


 

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
President

Questionnaire - Muslim women in policing (police officers and civilians in police organizations).  If interested in assisting with the project, please respond if appropriate as indicated on the attached.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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