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2009 Recipient of the Dr. Lois-Higgins Grote Heritage Award
Dr. Lois Higgins-Grote
Hellen K. Alyek
This recognition is named for past president Lois Higgins-Grote, who in 1956, revitalized and reorganized the IAWP
then served as its president for eight years and as executive director for twelve more years.
The Heritage Award is an honor bestowed upon an individual member when warranted due to substantial and significant contributions to women police and the International Association of Women Police over a period of years and especially during milestones of the organization. The honor is meant to ensure the recording, recognition, and appreciation for outstanding and dedicated service to IAWP. The IAWP's Heritage recognition is the highest tribute given by the IAWP.
Heritage Award winners represent the legacy of the IAWP. They are the historical memory of an organization that continues to grow.
By virtue of participating in its history and having a resolve that the
organization evolve, these leaders confront core goals and serve as
tangible evidence to the rest of us of the honor it is to serve the IAWP.
Hellen Alyek became the IAWP Region 18 Representative of Africa in 1999 when
IAWP members created Africa as its own region. Hellen Alyek, with her
quiet demeanor, who was the one lone member in Africa, was able to connect
African women police with a worldwide network of women police through IAWP that
would assist them in building and developing their own strategic global
network. Within two years of Hellen's appointment to the new region, the
African membership grew to 48 members. In October 2001, Hellen organized
the first training conference for African women police officers in
Kampala-Uganda. This conference was developed with the support from the
Commission for Women in Africa. Over 200 women police officers from ten
African countries attended. Africa was well represented on the IAWP Board
and at its conferences. At that time, Hellen was working single handedly
to build the network of police women in Africa. Now, many women officers
are members and even some male African officers have shown an interest in
By 2002, Hellen was speaking to an audience of hundreds
at the Australasia conference in Canberra, Australia. That same year,
Hellen was given a Recognition Award Certificate by the Inspector General of
Police for being one of the best Police officers of the year. Even in
retirement, Hellen continues to focus on the recruitment of women police to join
IAWP and in strengthening the net-working system among Africa Women Police as
She is a remarkable representative and leader in
the IAWP. Her leadership has assisted the IAWP in meeting the goals of its
mission to strengthen, unite and raise the profile of women in criminal justice
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