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  Trademark and Material Use Approvals

Trademark use approvals:  
                                          Carol Paterick in August 2011 for IAWP Lapel Pins commemorating the approval

                                           of the IAWP Trademark by the US Patent and Trademark Office in April 2011
                                          Stephanie Harding for IAWP T-shirts for new R16 Members, August 2011
                                          Cindy Shain for Challenge Coin for Conference IAWP2011, July 2011
                                          SAPS for Conference 2013 Material, May 2011

Material use approvals:       Jones & Bartlett Learning, August 2011

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  Webpage Archives

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Through May 30, 2011
IAWP 2011 

The IAWP 2011 Awards Committee expresses its appreciation to all organizations that submitted its candidates in the various award categories.  All of the nominees are deserving of recognition.  The Committee announced the following individuals as the IAWP 2011 Award Winners.

Officer of the Year
Chief Diane Sorantino
Cape May Police Department
Cape May New Jersey, USA

Mary Jo Blahowski Leadership Award
Detective Constable Shari MacKay
Toronto Police Service
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Excellence in Performance Award
Officer Ally Jacobs
Police Specialist Lisa Campbell
University California Police Department
Berkeley, California, USA

Mentoring Award
Inspector Nicky Flowers
South Wales Police
Bridgend, Wales, UK

Community Service Award
Constable Thora Isabel Shepard
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
Trinidad and Tobago

Civilian Achievement Award
Nancy Speck
Niagara Regional Police Service
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada 

Medal Of Valor - Two Winners
Officer Jillian Michelle Smith
Arlington Texas Police Department
Arlington, Texas, USA
(Awarded Posthumously)

Constables Cath Morgan, Kate Peplow, Diana Shaw
West Midland Police
Birmingham West Midlands, UK 



For additional details and to read the award nominations, visit the IAWP Annual Awards Program webpage at this link.


IAWP Member Elected President of Kosovo

IAWP Member Appointed President of Kosovo
The IAWP is delighted to announce that one of its members, Atifete Jahjaga, has been appointed President of the Republic of Kosovo.  South East Europe’s highest ranking policewoman was announced as Kosovo’s President on Thursday (April 7).

IAWP President Jane Townsley ‘adopted’ President Jahjaga in 2004 under the organisation’s adoptees’ programme, which encourages members to give officers from developing countries mentoring support and friendship. She said today: “I am thrilled for Atifete. She is a superb police officer and a friend. She was put forward as a consensual candidate and won in the first round of voting.

“I know that she values what the IAWP has been able to give her and she will no doubt use that in her new leadership role in Kosovo.”

President Jahjaga, 35, graduated as a police officer in 2000 and by 2009 was appointed Deputy Director General for Kosovo Police, the second person in command for the entire organisation.  

In an interview with the IAWP’s WomenPolice magazine last year she urged women police officers throughout the world to consider joining the organisation.  In the interview she agreed that organisations which promote and support the unique skills women bring to policing, such as the IAWP, have many benefits. She said: “In a bigger picture, considering the still low presence of females within police organisations, not only in countries in transition but also developed ones, I consider the role of such organisations, nationally and internationally, as of great importance. They are a strong support to women of getting roles they deserve, making national and international society aware about possible problems or hindrances and assisting those who need help. They are also the perfect place for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and best practice.”

In her inaugural address President Jahjaga said that one of her immediate goals was to secure membership of the European Union for her country.



Kosovo has elected top police commander Atifete Jahjaga as its first female president. The new appointment comes with the promise of electoral and constitutional changes.


Kosovo's parliament has elected Atifete Jahjaga, the female deputy chief of the country's police force, as president.  In addition to being the first female president, Jahjaga is also the youngest head of state since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia three years ago.  The Western educated law graduate had previously been serving as deputy head of the 7,000-strong Kosovo police. She joined the force in 2000.



On April 19, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office approved the IAWP logo as its trademark.  You can see the approval data at this link.  




Register NOW for Best Rates.          www.iawp2011.org

Early Registration - Full Conference (Before May 1, 2011)

-IAWP Member – $500 USD (after May 1, 2011 - $600)
-Non-IAWP Member – $550 USD (after May 1, 2011 - $650)
     Includes training, opening ceremony, other meals, daily non-training events, awards luncheon, and final banquet.
-IAWP Board Member, IAWP Regional Coordinator, IAWP Trustee, IAWP Committee Member,  Beneficiary Developing Country - $350 USD
     Includes one individual participation in the following: Training, Opening Ceremony, other meals, daily non-training events, Awards Luncheon and Final Banquet.
-Companion or Retiree Registration - $295 USD (after May 1, 2011 - $325)
     Includes opening ceremony, hosted meals, daily non-training events, awards luncheon and final banquet. You do not have to be a current IAWP member to be a companion or retiree registrant.
-Two Day Conference Pass – $250 USD/Person
-Single Day Conference Pass – $125 USD/Person
     Includes training sessions on specified days but does not include meals, awards luncheon or final banquet.
-Additional Dinner Event Tickets -
     Awards Luncheon – $50 USD/Person
     Final Banquet – $25 USD/Person



December 2010 thru December 2011



December 2010

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:



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.

5th November 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.

15th November Shichigosan (7-5-3 festival) (Shinto)

 A festival to give thanks for children. Often celebrated on the nearest Sunday to allow working parents to take part.

17th 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.

2nd December Hanukkah (Jewish)
Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights and marks the restoration of the temple by the Maccabees in 164 BCE.

7th December Al-Hijira (Muslim)
Islamic New Year. Marks the migration of the Prophet Mohammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina.

8th December Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Christian)

Celebrated by Roman Catholics who remember Mary’s conception as being without sin, therefore, immaculate.

16th 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 Hussein.

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.

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.

Epiphany (Christian)

Celebrates the visit if the wise men to the infant Jesus.

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 Sankranti (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



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Thru April 29, 2011

IAWP International Recognition and Scholarship Award, NOW OPEN for NOMINATIONS

Deadline for Nominations is April 30, 2011

Submissions to: Linda-mayberry@hotmail.com or CindyShain@aol.com

To download details and the application form, choose  RTF FormatPDF Format.


The International Association of Women Police sponsors a scholarship award each year for a serving Police woman to attend the Annual IAWP Training Conference.  The International Scholarship Award is a competitive award given to an outstanding Police Woman employed outside North America.

The objectives of the award are to:

  1. To increase understanding of the roles of women officers in various countries.
  2. To encourage participation in the International Association of Women Police by all countries of the world.
  3. To promote membership in the International Association of Women Police through the recipient of this award within her region.
  4. To increase international understanding and awareness of women in law enforcement and the International Association of Women Police.
  5. To recognize the accomplishments of a woman officer from outside North America.

IAWP shall pay the actual costs of the hotel room and economy class airfare from the recipient’s country to the conference city, to include visa application expenses, and tips. In addition, IAWP shall provide the recipient $500 for food, incidentals, and other sundry expenses for use while at the conference. All other incidentals are the responsibility of the recipient.

Scholarship Applications must be received no later than April 30 of each year.


To download details and the application form, choose  RTF FormatPDF Format.

To submit nominations or for additional information on the International Recognition and Scholarship Award, contact the IAWP Committee Co-Chairs below.

International Recognition and Scholarship Committee
Linda Mayberry or Cindy Chain - Co-Chairs




Thru April 1, 2011

  IAWP Board Meeting in 
             Hannover, Germany

When:      March 26 & 27, 2011 IAWP Board
               March 28 - 30, 2011 Seminar, Women Police - The International View


Thru March 26,2011
What: 2011 IAWP Annual Awards Program
Deadline for submission: March 21, 2011 EXTENDED to Friday March 25, 2011
Categories:   Officer of the Year Award 
Excellence in Performance Award
Mary Jo Blahowski Leadership Award
Mentoring Award
Medal of Valor Award
Community Service Award
Civilian Achievement Award
General IAWP Awards Information:
Awards Criteria: http://www.iawp.org/awards/annualawards.htm
Online form for submitting nomination: Closed for 2011.
DETAILS      The IAWP has opened its Annual Awards Program for nominations.  Deadline for submission is March 21, 2011.  NEW this year is that the nominations MUST be submitted ONLINE.  There is no other method for nomination submissions so please carefully read the instructions for completing the ONLINE Awards Nomination Form.
     For questions on the Annual Awards Program, please contact Mylan Mason at mylan.masson@hennepintech.edu

     For help with the Online Awards Form, please contact Carol Paterick at cpateric@comcast.net or 301-805-0784. 

     We appreciate your time in nominating deserving individuals for the International Association of Women Police Awards.  


Thru March 26, 2011

from the News Blogs of Chaplain Tamia Dow

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 Women Street Survival Seminar

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Above:  IAWP's Tamia Dow, Diane Mueller, and Michele Lish, welcome seminar attendees at the Las Vegas training event.
Above: IAWP Chaplain Dow, Betsy Brantner Smith (Street Survivor Training Instructor) and IAWP Diane Mueller.

IAWP Chaplain Tamia Dow; IAWP Regional Coordinator Diane Mueller; and, IAWP Recording Secretary, Michele Lish enjoying time with the women and men in attendance at the February 16-17, 2011 Street Survival for Women Seminar.