Friday, November 10, 2017

NOT IF BUT WHEN ...

It's best to be prepared. Ready to prevent an incident and knowing how to respond when it happens. 

We must stay ever vigilant. Remember the caliber press reminder to "stay alert stay alive".

No place is off-limits to someone who is head set on doing violence or reeking havoc. 

This past weekend was a very sad reminder of how domestic violence and social violence often go hand in hand. Two men; one in Sutherland Springs, Texas (USA) and another in Fresno, California decided to bring their anger and hatred from their homes into the public. 

Domestic Violence is about power and control. Both female halves were estranged from these violent offenders. 

They took their need to control to the streets leaving the home environment where they used to be able to exert control over their target. Their rage and anger took the lives of 28 people last weekend between the two incidents. 

Pray for the lives taken last Sunday while they were at church ๐Ÿ˜”

Please remember if it's JDLR (just doesn't look right ) Follow your intuition and teach your family and loved ones to be aware of their situation and the behavior of people around them when they're out in public and at school. 

Many areas of our world are mourning from violent senseless events. Please continue to pray for our friends and colleagues globally. 

This weekend the United States will observe our Veteran's Day. We will honor our military service member and celebrate their choice to serve. 

Thank you to all of our IAWP members who have served in their countries Armed Forces/Military. 

Canada just celebrated and throughout the world at various times of the year a day of Thankfulness is observed. 

The USA will be observing our day. We call it Thanksgiving and its on the fourth Thursday of this month. 

Thanks - Giving 

Please take some time this month to count your blessings. Write down what you are thankful for. Who are you grateful to have in your life ? 
What obstacles are you thankful you have overcome ? 

I challenge you to set aside a few minutes daily to write down five things your grateful for and five blessings in your life. 

This exercise especially if done early in the morning before you start your day can send you off with a amazing attitude and set the tone for your day. 

In honor of the Giving part - Give the gift of your presence or a phone call or letter. Give away excess you are not using to bless others. Seek to see how and what you can give, this Thanksgiving. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating it this month. 


BEREAVEMENTS

Please take a few minutes and visit our memorial section on the IAWP page where you'll find remembrances of female officers that have passed away.  This section recognizes those who have fallen in the Line Of Duty, off duty or of illnesses. 



Please keep the families, friends and colleagues of these officers in your thoughts and prayers. 

Help us keep this section current. If you look and do not see an officer you know has passed away. Please contact me with their information. 

I pray you have a safe weekend. 

Thank you.    

Tamia Dow 
IAWP Chaplain

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Who Will You Be

The Season For Masks and Costumes

Why do Americans seem to have such an obsession with Halloween ? Is it the dressing up ? Is it the parties ? Is it the candy ? 

It depends on what stage of life they are in. 

Children usually enjoy Halloween for the costumes (they can become their favorite cartoon character, ghoul or super hero for a night), fun with family and friends, trick or treating and candy. Most kids Love Candy.  

Teens usually enjoy Halloween because they can hang with friends. Most don't wear costumes unless their at friends's parties. They don't trick or treat door to door any more yet some do pranks during Halloween. Their too old for cartoon characters yet ghouls and super heroes are still regular choices. 

College/young adults look forward to the parties with their friends and tend to wear more risquรฉ costumes that show off their physiques. You see sexy dark costumes often XXX rated. 

The wearing of masks start to play more prominent at this age. 

For working Adults (this includes post-college and includes the partners and spouses of this age group ) 
They usually enjoy the parties which generally include alcohol consumption and other adult party favors. Alter ego costumes and masks do play big here. 

Why ? 

A Personal Escape from reality.  

On Halloween one can be anyone they want to be via their choice of costume/mask. 

For a night or a weekend. 

They can pretend to be anything they want to be and no one usually raises an eye. 

Why are people so eager to take a temporary escape from who they are in their own life ? 

Choose to live the life you've always dreamed of daily so that when Halloween (or other occasions ) offers the opportunity to mascarade as someone or something else you show up as Your Best You ๐Ÿ˜€

Enjoy the season ๐Ÿ‘

Tamia Dow 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Gratitude is a way of life

Gratitude is a way of life

By Tamia Dow

First thing in the morning we give thanks,

We give thanks that we've opened our eyes and can see the world.

We give thanks that we are breathing and can breathe in the fresh air.

We give thanks for our beating hearts open and available to love.

We give thanks for our healthy hands useful to be of help.

We give thanks for the day we have been given, pregnant with abundant possibilities.

And we are grateful for the blessings of our sisters and brothers in service that wake every day willing to give their life to save another.

For all these things and more we are grateful.

Thank you. 

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This is the inspirational message I delivered as we began our International Association of Women Police Board of Directors meeting on 15 September 2017 at the Boland Center in Cairns, Australia. We are looking forward to a successful meeting and an extraordinary sold out Annual Conference 17-21 September at the Cairns Convention Center. 

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
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Email ChaplainDow@yahoo.com 

Friday, September 08, 2017

Choose optimism

With all that is going on
I feel our hearts should be focused on optimism and helping our fellow man not bitterness and hatred towards someone who doesn't look like us.

Just saying.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Through The Eyes Of Love

Through the eyes of love

By Tamia Dow

When I look,

When I see through my eyes,

I see wonderful colors,

I see happy faces,

I see smiles,

I see also frowns,

I see how people react to me,

React to who I am,

React to who God created me to be.

I am Lovely.

I am a miracle.

 I find the world fascinating.

I love people,

People of all shapes, sizes and colors.

I love the world,

I explore it.

All of the continents host beautiful fascinating people.

I love them.

They are children of God.

So why?

Why?

Why do so many see only my color?

Make their own learned assumption as to who I am, what I'm worth,
and what they choose to see of me.

Through the eyes of love there is no color,

There is no race,

There is no lesser,

There is no greater.

Through the eyes of love there is no color.

It is a weak person that needs to assign themselves as greater than another person to get their self worth.

Are you a weak person?

A strong person is colorblind when looking through the eyes of love.