Thursday, December 31, 2009

BYE BYE 2009

I wish you all a safe and happy New Years Eve. How ever you celebrate I pray for safety and peace. I lift up we who will be working policing our communities when the clock strike midnight in our prospective venues. May your shift be uneventful. Stay Safe. Happy New Years.

Lt Lynette Hogue Day

How many people do you know who are given a city proclamation when they retire from police service?

December 10, 2009 was name Lt Lynette Hogue day by the honorable San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome. Well over one hundred friends and family members gathered to celebrate the 27 year career of San Francisco Police Department Lieutenant Lynette Ailene Hogue. Lynette is an IAWP member and she has served as the 2003 IAWP Annual Conference Director, Region 10 Coordinator and 2nd Vice President. She has been a very active member of the Association and the Board of Director. IAWP was nicely represented at the celebration with members traveling from Canada, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, all of California and Nevada to attend the gala.

Lynette’s longtime patrol partner and academy mate Mary attended. There were many Mary and Lynette radio car stories one which included throwing cupcakes (funny to know our leaders enjoyed juvenile pleasures too). I had the pleasure of meeting Carrie Lucas a recently retired Sergeant from the SFPD. She reflected fondly on the IAWP conferences she has attended since joining the IAWP in 1986. I look forward to seeing her in Minneapolis. Have you registered yet?

The dance floor was filled with IAWP members and we closed the place down staying past last call until they pretty much put us out at midnight. Lynette had a great time. She was all smiles and relaxed. She officially retired October 2009 and has spent the past few weeks jumping headlong into retirement. She even went to Disneyland (that always seems to be on recent retirees list).

The room was decorated with a Hoilday theme with Christmas trees and lights. Gold beaded necklaces were on the cloth covered tables. A three course meal was served on par with any IAWP banquet. A champagne toast was raised to Lynette. The event was planned by Lynette’s beloved life partner Robin Matthews. A beautiful ocassion. It was nice to recognize the great service and career of a true women leader in law enforcement. Congratulation and I wish you lots of love and joy in the new year and in your new life of leisure.

Well Done.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Please Pray for these losses

I am surprized at how long it has been since I last logged in to share current events. Then I realized Facebook and holiday events have been the distraction. What I mean by that is that many of you have friended me on Facebook so we do alot of our chatting there. We also talk about current events. Like the passing of the four Lakewood Washington Officers and the recent passing of the Pierce County Deputy that was wounded December 21, 2009 during a domestic violence call and has succumb to his injuries. Pierce County sheriff's Deputy Kent Mundell, 44, died with his family at his side on December 28, 2009.

Deputy Sita Singh of Washoe County, Nevada Sheriff's Department attended the funeral of the Lakewood officers as part of the several hundred manned Honor Guard. Sita was very excited to be a part of honoring these fallen officer. Sita also attended the funeral for the four Oakland, California Police Officers that died in the line of duty earlier this year. I am sure other IAWP members were able to join the more than 20,000 officers (1,000 of which were from the RCMP) in Seattle for the Lakewood Officers funeral. I would love to hear and share your story of your experience while amongst your brothers and sisters mourning the loss and celebrating the lives of those brave officers.

Region 11 Coordinator Leanne Fitch shared the following:

On December 15, 2009 Constable Anthony (Tony) Carlisle was killed in an off-duty motor vehicle accident in Nova Scotia . Tony was 41. He was a member of the Halifax Regional Police and is survived by his wife, four children, his father Gordon (Mac Carlisle) the former Chief of Police for the Fredericton Police Force, his mother Gail Carlisle and his only brother Jeffrey Carlisle and his sister-in-law Stephanie (Johnson) Carlisle. Both Jeff and Stephanie are members of the Halifax Regional Police. Condolences are extended to Chief Frank Beazley and the members of his Force and to the Carlisle family.

On December 29, 2009 Constable Ireneusz (Eric) Czapnik of the Ottawa Police Service was fatally stabbed while working on his notes in his police cruiser outside of the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital in Ontario . Eric was 51 years old and survived by his wife and four children. Eric’s father was a police officer in Poland for thirty years. One suspect has been arrested in what is considered an ambush style attack. The suspect was intercepted by four paramedics. Condolences are extended to Chief Vernon White and the members of his Force and to the Czapnik family.

According to Police One News, Former Mountie Kevin Gregson has been charged with first degree murder for the death of Constable Czapnik.

We ask "why"

"There's no rationale, there's no reason," said Ottawa police chief Vern White, recalling the painful meeting he had Tuesday with Czapnik's family and friends.

"I think someone was hell-bent on something occurring, and they ensured that it happened," White told a news conference. "And it cost a very good officer, and man and father, his life." )

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

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

IAWP Pioneer Passes Away

In Memoriam

Mary F. Stowe, #1330, retired Seattle Police Lieutenant, passed away peacefully on the evening of November 26, 2009, while a resident of the Foss Home in north Seattle. She was 84 years of age upon her death.

Mary Stowe was born on August 16, 1925. She was appointed a “Police Woman” of the Seattle Police Department on February 11, 1952. During her early Seattle Police career, she was assigned to the “Women’s Bureau,” as were all sworn female Seattle Police Department employees. On March 22, 1956, she was promoted to the rank of “Sergeant of Police Women” and shortly thereafter, gender distinctions between male and female police officers became a thing of the past. Mary served thereafter as a sergeant, detective sergeant and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on November 12, 1971, and served at that rank until she retired from the Seattle Police Department on April 1, 1998. She had 46 years and 2 months creditable service. That equates to a beginning LEOFF I pension entitlement of 92+.00333%, which at the time was more than an Assistant Police Chief’s LEOFF I pension.

Those women and men currently serving as sworn Seattle Police Officers need to remember that it was through the tenacity of Lieutenant Mary Stowe and others like her that caused a change from an almost all male cadre of Seattle Police Officers into what you see today. That took a lot of courage.

Above all else, Mary Francis Stowe refused to bend in the face of adversity.

A small gathering of friends and other residents of the Foss Home will be held in the near future.

Mary Stowe’s earthly remains will be transported to York, Nebraska for burial in the family plot, in accordance with her wishes.

(Information above provided by)
Michael R. Germann
Executive Secretary
Seattle Police Pension Office

Mary Stowe was a life member of IAWP. She was a past vice-president and a recipient of the Lois Higgins-Grote Heritage Award. She was the director of the 1976 IAWP Conference in Seattle, Washington. Mary was seated front and center for our most recent conference in Seattle, September 2009. She was so thrilled to meet the women in attendance at opening ceremony. Conference Director Beth Lavin ensured Mary was a prominent part of our opening ceremony. I am so glad Mary was able to have that experience. She was truly a treasure.

Please Keep Mary's family in your thoughts and prayers as they enter into this holiday season without their beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
It was an honor to meet such a world changer. Mary changed the face and way of policing for women police throughout the US and as an IAWP member she changed the world for women in policing worldwide. She was a true law enforcement pioneer.

Rest In Peace Mary.

(For more about Mary check out my July blog entry entitiled "Meet Mary Stowe")

Monday, November 30, 2009

First Holiday Greeting

I received my first holiday greeting on Thanksgivings Eve. It arrived by mail (old school/traditional) and was so timely in it wishes. It read:

Count Your Blessings

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

By Marg Harrell

(This was sent to me by IAWP member Jo Brooks of Kansas City, MO)

As we enter into this holiday season where many religious denominations will be observing various celebrations remember to take time to count your blessing.

Stay safe.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lakewood Update

Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar identified the officers who were in full uniforms with marked patrol units parked near the coffeeshop and wearing their vest when killed as Sergeant Mark Renninger, and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards.

Renninger, 39, has 13 years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Owen, 37, has 12 years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his former wife and a daughter.

Griswold, 40, has 14 years of law enforcement experience. She is survived by her husband and two children.

Richards, 42, has eight years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Please pray for their families, friends,colleagues, and the detectives and the officers working to locate the suspect.

What Is This World Coming To?

What is the world coming to when the defenders of United States liberties and freedom both locally and nationally are being targeted and attacked while doing their jobs?

- Officer Brenton and his partner Officer Sweeney in Seattle after a car stop.

- The soldiers at Ft. Hood who were doing their military daily duties on their home base in their homeland and were gunned down by a fellow soldier.

- And now Four Lakewood Seattle Officers preparing for a shift at a coffee shop. The way many of us start our shift. Targeted, gunned down, ambushed while protecting the community they swore to serve.

These very officers just a few days after possibly celebrating Thanksgiving Dinner with their family and friends were tragically murder by a gunman that fled the scene and is still at large.

Subsequent reports state that one of the officers, though shot, was able to struggle with the suspect and may have wounded him when he shot at him.

Let's pray for the suspect's swift arrest and that no other law enforcement officer or citizen is injured during his apprehension.

Lakewood Washington Shooting

4 Police Officers Shot Dead at Washington Coffeehouse

By GENE JOHNSON (Associated Press) 11/29/09

TACOMA, Wash. — A gunman burst into a Washington state coffeehouse Sunday and opened fire on four police officers as they sat working on their laptops, killing the three men and one woman in what an official described as a targeted ambush.

Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said officers were looking for one male suspect who fled on foot, but haven't ruled out an accomplice.

Troyer said the four officers killed — all from the Lakewood Police Department — were catching up on paperwork at the beginning of their shifts when they were attacked at 8:15 a.m. Sunday.

Troyer said the attack was clearly targeted at the officers, not a robbery gone bad.

"There were marked patrol cars outside and they were all in uniform," Troyer said.

With no known suspects, there was no indication of any connection with the Halloween night shooting of a Seattle police officer. The suspect in that shooting remains hospitalized.

Troyer would not release the names of the victims in Sunday's shooting.

It wasn't clear whether the officers even had time to draw their weapons to return fire, Troyer said.

"This was more of an execution. Walk in with the specific mindset to shoot police officers," Troyer said.

There were two employees and a few other customers in the shop. All are being interviewed by the Pierce County Sheriff's investigators.

"Some are in shock. They are very upset," Troyer said. "They are the ones who are going to put together for us how this happened."

The Forza Coffee Shop, part of a popular local chain, is on a side street near McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, about 35 miles south of Seattle. The shop is in a small retail center alongside two restaurants, a cigar store and a nail salon.

Brad Carpenter, founder and owner of Forza Coffee, said his staff was OK and being interviewed by police, and that his main concern was with the families of the police officers.

"I'm a retired police officer, so this really hits close to home for me," he said.

Streets around the coffee shop were blocked off late Sunday morning, and a police helicopter hovered over a large crowd of investigators. TV video showed police taking possession of a pickup truck parked in a grocery store in Parkland.

Dave Gabrielson, a clerk at Foot Mart about a block away from the coffee shop, told the newspaper all was quiet when he opened the store at 8 a.m. About 30 minutes later, "All of a sudden a million cops were zooming up and down the road," Gabrielson said.

He said he saw officers bring a police dog into a nearby apartment complex.

The baristas who were inside the shop are "stunned and shocked, traumatized," Troyer said.

"We hopefully will have answers, but there is nothing more we can tell you," Troyer told KING-TV. "That's as cold-hearted as it is."

Last month, Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed Halloween night as he was sitting in a cruiser with trainee Britt Sweeney. Sweeney was grazed in the neck.

Authorities say the man charged with that shooting also firebombed four police vehicles in October as part of a "one-man war" against law enforcement. Christopher Monfort, 41, was arrested days after the Seattle shooting and remains hospitalized.

Monfort remains hospitalized in stable condition, the hospital said Sunday.

Associated Press Writer Rachel La Corte in Olympia and Photographer Ted S. Warren in Parkland contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

PLEASE Pray for the families of these officers, their friends and colleagues. Pray for the officers and detectives working this case as they follow their leads. Pray that the suspect will be located and brought to justice.

Once the victim officer's names are released I will update the blog.

LVMPD's Most Recent Loss Laid to Rest

On Saturday November 28, 2009 LVMPD Corrections Officer Daniel Leach was laid to rest in Boulder City, Nevada after lossing his life in an onduty accident last week. Please keep Officer Leach's family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

On Wednesday we laid Officer Trevor Nettleton to rest.

Condolence cards can be sent to Officers Leach and Nettleton's families care of:

400 E Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89128

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. In the U.S. we celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. I pray that those who celebrate Thanksgiving have a blessed day filled with family, friends, good memories and fun. I encourage you to take time and give thanks for all you have in your life. Once we start counting our blessings we realize we truly have all we need and the greatest blessing we have include the many people in our lives.

For those of you that are working on this holiday, I pray for safety and that you are able to positively touch someone you encounter in your duties today.

Have a great day.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Before We could catch our breath

At Approximately 0600 hours on November 21, 2009 the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department lost another officer in the line of duty. Corrections Officer Daniel Leach died as the result of his injuries from an two vehicle accident in a prison transport van. Officer Leach was the only occupant of the van and the driver of the vehicle he collided with was unharmed.

Officer Leach was a member of the LVMPD for 25 years. He worked at the Laughlin Correctional Facility and lived in Boulder City. He is survived by his wife and son.

The LVMPD family had barely finished finalizing the arrangement for Police Officer Trevor Nettleton funeral when another tragedy occurred. The agency has lost four officers in the line of duty in just over six months. Three of those losses are the result of vehicle accidents.

Please keep the families of Officer Daniel Leach and Trevor Nettleton in your thoughts and prayers. Also pray for the members of the LVMPD and the Nevada Law Enforcement community. Whether they knew these officers personally or not, they know they wore the same badge and fought for the same justice that each and every law enforcement officer does. A piece of us all is lost each time the law enforcement community lays another officer to rest.

Pray for strength, stamina, safety, peace and wisdom for those who are left behind.

Funeral detail will be posted shortly.

Friday, November 20, 2009


On the early morning of November 19, 2009 a police officer came home and was in his garage when some young men set on evil doing decided to seize the opportunity to change a community, a family and workforces world forever. The coward confronted the officer in his garage with weapons. The officer met their armed force with armed force. A gun battle ensued and in the end a guardian of the community lay dying on the floor of his own home with his wife, mother and children within feet of the place he took his last breath.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Trevor Nettleton passed away at his home. The suspects fled, one wounded. All suspects are now in custody. A family is now mourning the loss of their father, husband, and son. The community is now mourning the loss of a friend, a neighbor and a guardian of their safety. A police department is now mourning the loss of an officer, a co-worker, a partner and a fellow defender of justice.

LVMPD now prepares to bury a fourth officer in seven months. Three in the line of duty, operating in their capacity as a law enforcement officer. One at the hand of nature (he lost his life to cancer).

Officer Nettleton leaves behind a wife and two young children under three. His mother was at his home in town visiting for Thanksgiving and to see her two month old grandbaby (Trevor's newest addition to his family). She is welcoming a child and now preparing to bury a child.

Shocked, Sadden, Weary. The men and women of the LVMPD and the Nevada Law Enforcement Community shroud their badges yet again and lower their American flags to half staff. Another guardian of the community has lost his life defending the safeties of his family and the community that he loved and sworn to serve.

Officer Trevor Nettleton died a warrior, a hero, a defender and protector of his family and community. Before joining LVMPD he served his country and President HW Bush as a Marine. He gave his life for the people he served.

Enter into your rest and reward brother. We who are left behind have your watch.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Sgt Kimberly Munley Rocks

Many of us in the United States were focused on our television (or other forms of acquiring news) on Thursday to follow the Ft Hood shooting saga which appeared to be unraveling in real time before our eyes. Our troops, in their home land, on their base, a place that should be safe, were gunned down by one of their own. A man who sat across from many a returning soldier to counsel them on issues related to deployment. A man whom they should not fear saluting as they walk past him on the base. This man killed 13 and wounded 30 in a shooting rampage on an Army base (my former branch of service) in Texas, USA. I will not write his name.

I will write the name of the first civilian law enforcement officer on the scene. Ft. Hood Police Sgt Kimberly Munley.

When Munley arrived she fired on the suspect twice and drew his attention toward her. The suspect turned around and charged Munley. Munley fired rounds and moving back, continued to fire at the suspect. Munley was wounded in both legs and her hand during the shoot out. Though injured, she stood and continued firing at the suspect while he ran towards her. Munley shot him four times in the upper torso.

It will never be known how many lives Sgt Munley saved by taking down the gunman. She used sound tactics and stood her ground like the warrior law enforcement officer that she is.

“Munley’s brother Daniel Barbour told ABC News that his sister had been shot three times in the hand and the leg. One of the bullets pierced an artery, requiring her to undergo surgery Friday."

Sgt Munley our hats are off to you. We wish you a speedy recovery from your injuries. You and your family are in our prayers. You were truly blessed to be in the right place at the right time. Thank you for your service and courage.

Pray for the families of the fallen and wounded. Pray for a speedy recovery of the wounded. Pray for the soldiers of Ft. Hood as they mourn the loss of their fellow soldiers on home soil.

Women Leaders in Law Enforcement 2009

November 2-4, 2009 Retired Lt. Lynette Hogue, Investigator Robin Matthews (Region 10 Coordinator) Senior Deputy Fabian Brown and I manned the IAWP booth at the 4th Annual Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium held in Northern California. This years motto was "Together : Service with Fortitude". What an inspirational Conference. It was my honor to hear the stories of the Resilient Women Leaders in Law Enforcement that walk among us. This year has been a good year for the profile of Women Law Enforcement Officers. I need only say, Ft. Hood, Seattle PD, and Jaycee Dugard.

UC Berkeley Officer Alison "Ally" Jacob one of the officers recognized as finding Jaycee Dugard after 18 years of captivity was in attendance for opening ceremonies. UC Police Manager Lisa Campbell was unable to attend. Lisa is recognized as the other law enforcement officer pivotal in the discovery of Jaycee and her children.

Officer Britt Sweeney mentioned in my previous post and Sgt Kimberley Munley, who will be mentioned in my next posting are awesome women police warriors recently highlighted in the news.

The more positive images of women in law enforcement that are featured in the media, the more young women will look to law enforcement as a viable career choice. We have to look to the future of law enforcement and mentor the young ladies that are going to take our places when we retire.

The Resilient Leader was highlighted at the WLLE conference. Resiliency. Never say die. Never stop fighting. Never stay down. Get up. Recover. Win. Be the Heroine in your own life story. You write your life story. Do not let anyone else. The person you have to answer to is yourself. As Zig Ziglar teaches, "We are all self-employed" eventhough we have an employer we make the decision how to serve that employer. We can be half hearted or whole heart. We decide our attitude and the outcome of all chapters of our lives.

Pictured above are (1) your IAWP - WLLE team, (2) your IAWP team dining at Fisherman's Wharf in downtown San Francisco, (3) New members signed up at the WLLE Conference.

Seattle Police Officer Slaying Update

While at the 4th Annual Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium held near San Francisco November 2-4, 2009 I had the opportunity to meet two Seattle Police Department Officers that were in attendance. These ladies, the Seattle Police Department, Seattle area police officers and officers worldwide mourn the loss of Officer Tim Brenton in the line of duty.

Our most recent IAWP conference was held in Seattle and many members of the Seattle Police Department were pivotal in the success of our conference. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the members of the Seattle PD, Seattle area police officers and the family of Officer Brenton.

Officer Brenton and his trainee Officer Britt Sweeney were shot in an blatant cold blooded shooting on October 31, 2009 (The holiday called Halloween in the US). Officer Brenton passed away from his wounds. Officer Britt Sweeney was hospitalized. Sweeney has told Seattle PD and her fellow officers that she plans to return to work. Good for you Britt.

Britt,though wounded,was able to fire at the suspect's vehicle as it drove away.

Officer Brenton's memorial service was held on Friday November 6, 2009 at the Key Arena in Seattle Washington. Brenton was married with two children ages 11 and 8 and had been a police officer with SPD for 9 years. Seattle PD lost their last officer in the line of duty in 2006.

The Suspect : Christopher Monfort is in-custody suspected of the murder of Officer Brenton. He is being called a "lone domestic terrorist" and is believed to be behind the arson of four police vehicles at the Seattle PD maintenance yard on October 22, 2009. Good job investigators.

Please keep Britt in your thoughts and prayers. Pray for a speedy recovery and a successful return to the ranks of law enforcement warriors.

Members catch up with Chaplain Dow in LV

Recently a few IAWP members have caught up with me while visiting Las Vegas. Last month the (AARP) American Association of Retired People (Hey Lynette are you a member yet?) held its annual conference in Las Vegas. I was able to catch up with former IAWP Vice President Deb Montgomery and her husband, Robert and to catch up with former IAWP Regional Coordinator Donna Stauffer. It was great to see them and to catch up on the activities in their lives.

Shortly after that IAWP Regional Coordinator and IAWP Minneapolis (Minn) 2010 Conference Director Marie Przynski caught up with me while in town at a Narcotics conference. She and I took in the Forum Shops in Ceasar's Palace. We dined at Trevi by the Las Vegas Trevi fountain and talked about the plans for 2010. The IAWP will be honoring fallen female officers from the past 20 years.

If your agency has lost a female officer in the line of duty since 1989 please let me know via email so I can relay the information to Marie. The Minn Conference will also be unique in that it will provide training for the legal realm, corrections and law enforcement.

I am wearing my Halloween costume in the photo with Marie. My office had a holiday costume party. I decided in honor of the many nurses I have met while my mom have been going through her journey with breast cancer to wear a pink themed modern nursing outfit. Pink is the color used in the US to symbolize breast cancer awareness. October is also the month in which the awareness campaigns are run.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Seattle Officer Slain in attack while in patrol vehicle

Please pray for the Seattle Officer that was killed in the line of duty last night by a cowardly attacker who shot he and his partner (a student officer) while they were sitting in their patrol vehicle. The training officer was shot numerous time and passed away at the scene. The student officer was also shot and was able to shoot at the assailant as he/she (as yet unreleased) fled in a vehicle. The student officer is expected to recover from her injuries.

Keep the family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen officer in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve the lost of this warrior officer. Also pray for a full and speedy recovery for the student officer.

As more details are released I will update with a post.

Stay Safe.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Getting Ready for The Holidays

October is nearing the end, the weather is drastically changing and 2009 is rapidly coming to a close. After the Annual IAWP Conference the holidays tend to sneak up on us rapidly. The cooler temperatures trigger the holiday spirit (unless your in Australia and Africa then the hotter weather will be your trigger). Depending on the calendar you observe you are celebrating New Year, Thanksgiving, All Saints Day, Hannakah, Christmas, etc. "The Holidays". The Holidays are marked by "Family". Spending time with our families is key.

Now days family can look very unique. The people you consider family are decided by you within your heart. The people who have grown up with you, supported you and cared for you as you grew and continue growing. They can be by blood or by choice. They enter into your life and do not leave because of a divine connection that keeps you together for life.

During these holidays make it about the family. Spend time with the ones you love. Host a hot chocolate, tea or coffee activity that brings the people you consider family together to enjoy decorations, fellowship and getting reacqainted. Let this be the year you do one of those family holiday letter or a family photo holiday card. I find these holiday greetings to be the ones I really enjoy. Facebook has made this expression of Family fun easy to share with all your Facebook friends. Just remember not everyone is on Facebook and not everyone is your Facebook friend. So try the old school (traditional) post office delivered greeting as I mentioned above. The time you take to share your year and your families accomplishments will definitely make your friends happy.

Enjoy your Holiday Planning.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Keep Praying

Allison is showing marked improvement. Thanks everyone for praying for her. Keep praying. Allison attended the IAWP Conference in Denver and is a Denver PD Offier. For more info please read my previous post.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pray For Allison Casias

Please keep Allison Casias from Denver Colorado in your thoughts and prayers. Allison took ill suddenly on October 6, 2009. She had complaints of a migraine headache by October 7, 2009 she was unable to speak and was rushed to the hospital. According to Allison's Journal posted on a CT scan revealed she had blood clots and bleeding in the brain. Allison needs our prayers.

Please pray for a healing. Pray for wisdom for the doctors to administer the proper treatment and pray for her family and friends as they stand vigilantly by her side through this illness. Keep them all in your thoughts.

For updates you can monitor her families post on and I will keep you posted as more information is revealed to me.

Stay Safe,

Chaplain Dow

Officer Milburn Beitel's Final Arrangements

The atmosphere was still, the mood was very somber as I entered the officer this morning. So quiet I had to look for occupants. The silence was in honor of our fallen and our brave officers. Our department has lost two brave officers and we still have one struggling in the hospital for his full recovery. Detective Ignacio Pulido lost his battle with a life threatening health condition on October 3, 2009 and was laid to rest on Friday October 9, 2009.

As previously mentioned in my last post Officer Beitel passed away in an automobile accident while on duty with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on October 7, 2009. His partner who was also injured in the accident, Officer David Nesheiwat remains in stable condition, and is improving daily. At this time a full recovery is expected.

A mobile home has been set up by the Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF) in the parking lot of University Medical Center (UMC) for officers and citizens to stop by and pay their respect to the family and friends of Officer Nesheiwat. They leave cards for a speedy recovery and encouragement to the family.

Services for fallen Officer Milburn “Milli” Beitel.

Visitation Services for Officer Beitel will take place on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009, at Palm Mortuary, 1325 North Main Street from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.. A short prayer vigil will follow beginning at 7:00 p.m., and lasting for approximately 30 minutes.

A Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive in Las Vegas. Interment will immediately follow.

Officer Beitel will be laid to rest at Palm Mortuary and Memorial Park Green Valley, 7600 South Eastern. At this time the route from the Church to the Memorial Park has not been determined.

Friday, October 09, 2009

LVMPD Officer Milburn "Millie" Beitel III

Two Officers Involved in a Rollover Accident

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department lost a warrior early in the morning of October 7, 2009 in service to his community. Officer Milburn "Millie" Beitel lost his life in a rollover automobile accident. Officer Beitel was 30 years old and has been a member of LVMPD for 5 years.

His partner is fighting for his life and listed in critical condition at UMC. I am calling my fellow officers, citizens and prayer warriors to action. Let's call down healing for this surviving officer. Let's believe for a full recovery. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Completing a shift each night is a blessing every officer holds dear.

The funeral arrangements are still pending.

The Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF) has established an account for Officer Beitel's family at Nevada State Bank, account #602029423.

Condolence Cards can be sent:

To the Family of Officer Milburn Beitel
c/o The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
400 E Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101


Thursday, October 08, 2009

LVMPD Officers Injured in Rollover Crash

Please pray for two officers involved in this accident. It happened @ 930pm last night. Details are unfolding. I will keep you posted. They are currently in our UMC Trama Center reportedly in surgery. Pray for grace and healing and for the family, friends, and colleagues (co-workers) of the warriors. Five months ago we loss Officer Jamie Manor to a tragedic car accident.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Ollie Heads To Vegas to Join the Dow Family

After watching the adventures of IAWP Region 9 Coordinator Janet Wilson's original Ollie (The Seattle 2009 Mascot) in her pre-conference adventures I decided to pay the adoption fee (buy) an Ollie of my own. My Ollie is Oliver. Janet's is Olivia. My Ollie wears pink. Janet's Ollie wears green. My Ollie is very secure in himself so he wears his pink Seattle jersey proudly. He'll be looking for a Minneapolis hoodie soon. (Hint Minn Committee) He is looking forward to Minnesota in 2010. I have a brief photo chronicle of Ollie's journey to Vegas. The Post Conference Vegas visitor kept him company.

(More about the IAWP Vegas informal Post trip in the next post. Do not forget to check out the conference blog as I add more updates and final touches)

IAWP Members Make Vegas Post Conference

Several members from IAWP decided to make Las Vegas their Post Conference Destination. It was my pleasure to catch up with ladies from St. John, Newfoundland Canada while they took in the sun by the pool with the continued good weather we enjoyed in Seattle. Pool time, a Strip Show and shopping were on the menu of activities for these ladies. I caught up with them on their way to go see Cher at Ceasar's Palace. (That's me in the black hat)

IAWP member Grace O. from London, UK, former Region 17 Coordinator Ann Duncan and her husband Roland are also pictured.

Grace had planned to spend the days post conference with me to experience my "Las Vegas". Ann and Duncan decided since they were so close to Las Vegas (Seattle) that they would come and experience it too. So I set out to keep these IAWP members informed of activities and occupied while visiting. I took Grace, Ann and Duncan to The Palms on their first evening in Vegas. The Palms is well known for being frequented by High Profile American Celebrities and "The Beautiful People". We walked around on a Friday Evening before and after dinner. For anyone who is a people watcher this is a great experience. The Bright lights, pleasant scenery, rock music and sounds of gaming machines defintiely let's you know you are in Las Vegas, but it's the young hip Las Vegas. The Palms and Planet Hollywood casino are a must if you are looking for that type of atmosphere.

(More Photos and Info on Post Conference Vegas in the next Post)

Friday, October 02, 2009


Please keep the survivors and the family. friends and loved ones of the victims of the tsunamis in American Samoa, Samoa, and Indonesia in your prayers and thoughts. There were delegates from Indonesia at our Seattle Conference. When you are part of an international organization, when anything tragic happens around the world you start to wonder if any of your fellow members are affected by it. It makes the world, your world, much smaller. As an IAWP member you can say "we are the world". We are attempting to contact some of the Seattle conference attendees from that region to check on their well being. Keep checking back for more info on the possible needs of our colleagues in the affected areas and for updates on items related to the IAWP.
(Pitcures of some Seattle attendees)

Monday, September 21, 2009


The Opening Parade in Seattle, Washington.
Check out the main page, go to the blog for more photos from the Conference.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Check out the website main page for update. I am completing a daily blog of events starting today. Also I hope you received your Women Police Magazine. The new issue is out and members should have them in their mailboxes.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


If you have not, you soon will be receiving the current issue of Women Police Magazine in your mailbox (All IAWP members). You will notice the new look. Please read this new issue cover to cover and let us know what you think of the new format. Editor Simon Townsley, the magazine committee and Integrity PR Ltd are happy to present this glossy and sleek new styled publication to you, the members.

If you have an ideas for articles or law enforcement related submissions contact IAWP member and Women Police Magazine Editor Simon Townsley. His contact information can be found in the magazine or at .

Just 4 MORE DAYS UNTIL OPENING CEREMONY in Seattle, Washington USA. There still time to join us. I hope to see you there.

Stay Safe.

Monday, September 14, 2009


September 2, 2008 Skagit County (WA) Sheriff's Deputy Anne Jackson was killed in the line of duty. The sad news awaited many of the members of the Board of Directors when we arrived at the Darwin, Australia conference last year. Whenever we lose an officer in the line of duty all law enforcement grieves. Losing Anne so close to our annual conference and the fact that she was from the area of our next conference made Deputy Jackson loss more tragic. Many of the members of the Seattle Conference Committee knew Anne personally.

After Deputy Jackson's passing an Award was named in her honor.

On September 3, 2009, the Skagit County Sheriff's Office presented the first annual "Deputy Anne Jackson Award". Sheriff's Office Deputies voted to award this to a person who has shown compassion, who gave personal time and made a difference in someone's life, without it being part of their job duties and without being compensated for it. Somebody who has given to their community and is a role model as a humanitarian. The Deputies voted The City of Anacortes (Washington) Police Department Officer Janet Wilson to receive this award for her service with Special Olympics and for all the time spent organizing events and memorabilia in Anne's name.

Congratulations Janet.

In response to receiving this award Janet said she was humbled and honored to receive this award.

Friday, September 04, 2009


I am so excited to be writing this column.

I am sitting in the surgery waiting room at a local hospital waiting for my mom to come from recovery. This morning my mother had her third breast cancer surgery of her over six decade life time. She is a survivor. I keep hearing the song by Destiny's Child (Beyonce's group) "I'm a Survivor" In the lyrics it says, "I'm a survivor. I'm not gonna give up. I'm not gonna stop. Keep on survivin' " It always reminded me of my mom and served as a song of motivation and encouragement for me as I was going through trying times. We all have a song track to our life. Songs that serve to lift us up and motivate us, songs that remind us of good and bad incidents that shape our lives.

To my IAWP Board of Directors, members and Facebook Friends I want to thank everyone for the prayers, emails, cards and flowers. My mom really enjoyed them all, especially the flowers. She wanted to bring them with her to the hospital. It is an outpatient procedure so there really was no place for them. It is important to give flowers, cards, and words of encouragement/appreciation while people are still here to enjoy them.

My mother still has it in her heart to make it to Seattle for the conference. Now retired, this is the first year my mom has been able to come to an IAWP conference with me. Please keep my mother's speedy recovery in your thoughts and prayers. With grace, let's believe we will see her in Seattle celebrating with the women (and men) of the IAWP during our annual conference.

THE LESSON to take away from this experience is to;

1)do your health screenings (annual mammograms and paps)
2) if something does not feel right (you know your own body) get it checked out
3) if you are told nothing is there or everything is alright but you still feel the discomfort, insist on subsequent test or a second opinion. Your health is important and you are the best advocate for your own health.

I am so excited because I am bringing you a good report from my request for pray. I hope this good report will also serve to aid another in early detection or prevention.

Remember, you can contact me at if you have any prayer request or news you would like to share with the members of IAWP. It is important to share this experience we are all going through called "Life". There is no need to go through it alone. You are not alone. Your IAWP family is here to help you through. Just let us know.

Stay Safe,


Saturday, August 29, 2009


It is with sadness I announce that Patricia Lunneborg passed away on Monday August 17, 2009 in Seattle. Her death was unexpected. She was 76 years old. Pat had been a member of IAWP, the Police Writers Association, and the National Center for Women and Policing. She wrote two books on women and policing. Her last book, "Women Police: Portraits of Success" (2004), was given high praise on its cover by police woman-author Gina Gallo, Commission of New Scotland Yard Sir John Stevens, and Island County (WA) Sheriff and author Michael Hawley. All of her books were based on extensive interviews with the subjects. As a result, she had a wide network of friends and associates, many of them within Region 9. Pat published a column in IAWP’s Women Police called “Women in Blue,” based in part on her book. She is preceded in death by her husband Clifford, who died just four years ago in August 2005.

THE SEATTLE TIMES published the following obituary for Patricia which ran August 25 and 26, 2009 and also can be located on

Patricia Wells LUNNEBORG

Professor and writer Patricia Wells Lunneborg died August 17, 2009, of heart failure at University of Washington Hospital, Seattle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford E. Lunneborg, who died August 10, 2005.

It is impossible to talk about Pat without talking about Cliff. They were married 46 years, both professors in the University of Washington's Department of Psychology. Throughout the years they traveled extensively, and for a decade had home bases in both Seattle and London. In 2000 they spent a year in Australia. Their passions were travel, learning, and each other. Pat would explain it all by saying, "We got married because we were the best of friends."

Pat was born July 24, 1933, in Washington, D.C., the parents of Percy A. and Ruth E. Wells. Shortly thereafter they moved to Abington, PA, and there she went through the public school system, graduating in 1951. Pat graduated from Cornell University in 1955 with a B.A. in Psychology. She received an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington in 1961, and a Ph.D. in the same field from the University of Texas-Austin in 1964. Over the years she became a widely published academic who taught field courses on careers in psychology. She also introduced a program of women's studies in the UW department, a pioneering effort.

Following her retirement from the University, she began to write books that focused on men and women and the choices they make in life and work. Pat also had a special interest in the work of women police. Her last book, Women Police: Portraits of Success, was highly praised on its cover by Sir John Stevens, Commissioner of Police, New Scotland Yard. All of her books were based on extensive interviews with the subjects. As a result, she had a wide network of friends and associates, near and far.

She loved mysteries, and wrote a light-hearted anthology with her sister titled Food, Drink, and the Female Sleuth. In 2001, it was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction by Malice Domestic. They lost to Tony Hillerman.

Her associations included the American Psychological Association, Sisters in Crime, International Association of Women Police, Sigma Xi, and Kappa Alpha Theta.

Patricia is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Bobbie and Paul Ryan of Sequim, stepmother Grace McElwee Wells of Rydal, PA, and by Clifford's sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Harold Kulm of Portland, OR. People wishing to make contributions in her name may direct them to the Lake City North Helpline/Food Bank, P.O. Box 25875, 12707 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98165.


A contact address for her family will be posted soon. Please check back. If you have any photos of Patricia please forward them to me and I will post them within the Blog.

Online condolences can be posted at under Patricia's name.

Patricia, Thank you for your commitment to increasing the profile of women in Law Enforcement.

Please keep Patricia's family in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


This year's IAWP annual conference is a month away. September 20, 2009 begins our 47th annual training conference in Seattle, Washington. If you have not registered there is still time. If you have not booked your room, rooms are still available. If you need a roommate, one can be located. If you have not booked your flight, Alaska Airline is offering great rates for conference attendees. Check out IAWP2009.

It's not too late. Join us in Seattle.

(the photos are from the 2007 Denver Conference)

Thursday, August 06, 2009


TLC - The Learning Channel will feature its first episode of "Police Women Of Broward County" tonight at 9pm. The show will feature Broward County Sheriff's Office Deputies Ana Murillo, Andrea Penover, Julie Bower and Shelunda Cooper. It should prove a nice showcase of American law enforcement for our members from other countries.

Also check out Female Forces which can be found online under the Biography Channel. Female Forces features IAWP's very own recently retired Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith of the Naperville (Illinios) Police Department (There is a link to it on the homepage). She will be presenting a class at our conference in Seattle.

Monday, August 03, 2009


Plan For September in Seattle. Time is of the essence. The IAWP Annual Training Conference is less then two months away. The beautiful Seattle weather, culture and people await us. The Conference Committee has been hard at work. This year promises to be an awesome experience.

The best investment you can make is in yourself. If your agency is not sending officers to out of state training, you can treat yourself. Training to enhance your job skills can be a tax write off in some countries. Check with your local revenue agency.

I hope everyone is having a good summer (winter for our Australian friends) and spending time with your family and friends. Some are enjoying unseasonable weather (like our conference host - Seattle) which saw 100 degree temps in July. This was a bit trying on a community that does not normally need any indoor climate control. The news reported air conditioners, fans and ice cream makers were selling out in all stores. Thankfully August is bringing more seasonable weather.

Even being from Vegas I was sensitive to their pain. We get 100 degree temps for up to six weeks or more in summer but it is a dry heat. Seattle has humidity. Picture steam room. Take good care to stay hydrated my friends.

Good news:

Region 18 Coordinator Hellen Alyek from Uganda is doing much better. She is very thankful for the thoughts and prayers that were sent her way during her recent illness. She is looking forward to seeing everyone in "The Emerald City" - Seattle.

Former IAWP Executive Director Julie Brunzell is also doing well and asking that those who are able to help out help with the fundraiser her co-workers have put together on behalf of her. They have put together a team to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-day Breast Cancer Walk to take place August 21 -23, 2009. The info is listed in my blog entry from June 4, 2009 entitled "On Behalf Of Julie".

I wish you all a safe and healthy week. I pray weekly for the membership of the IAWP and am available if you need specific prayer. I can be reached at . Prayer request are kept confidential unless you give permission for it to be published for other members to pray for you. The power of prayer is amazing. It can be very comforting and healing. This week I prayed for Peace. So peace I leave with you and all the blessings you can believe for.

Stay Safe


Sunday, July 19, 2009


Anywhere is possible. Being a member of the International Association of Women Police opens the door to world travel and expanded cultural exposure. Two years ago if you told me I would be in St. John, Newfoundland standing twenty feet from an Iceberg, getting “Screeched In” (it involves kissing a fish), learning to Irish Dance, or visiting with a Retired High Ranking South Korean National Police Officer (Mentioned in the May 28, 2009 Blog entry) or visiting Darwin and Ayers Rock, Australia I would have asked, “I’m going to be where?” "Where" is the word. Any where is possible through IAWP.

In the twelve years I have been a member I have been graced to be able to attend all of the Conferences taking me to Canada three times and the UK twice. The friendships I have made through IAWP have taken me three times more to the UK, twice to Uganda, East Africa and I have standing invitations to visit IAWP friends in Germany, Japan, and the Carribean. I’ll say it, “I count my membership in IAWP and the friendships I have made through it as one of my many blessings.”

People are what organizations are made of and the IAWP has the best of the best. We as an organization love to share our knowledge and encourage our colleagues worldwide. IAWP Membership has its privileges. I hope while you are at the conference in Seattle you take the time to get to know as many new people as you can. Exchange business card and ideas. The international training offered will give you many opportunities to attend classes and meet diverse colleagues with similar interest. The hospitality suites will give you more opportunities to mix and mingle and the opening ceremonies will be the ultimate photo opportunity for you to capture the uniforms worn by women from around the world.

If you have not started planning your trip to The IAWP's 2009 Training in Seattle there is still plenty of time. Two months. Ask yourself if you are worth it. The answer is "Yes" invest in your own education and to enhance your skills as a law enforcement officer through networking. I hope to see you in Seattle.

Stay Safe.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Bereavement Notices

Bereavement-Helen "Ann" English LVMPD P#12603

Helen “Ann” English, P#12603 passed away on July 4th, 2009. Ann was 59 and part of the LVMPD family since 2006. Ann was a retired Nevada State Trooper before she came to work for us. She retired as a Nevada Department of Public Safety Trooper in 2002.

Ann has two sons, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Ontario Provincial Police Constable Alan Hack

Ontario Provincial Police Constable Alan Hack was killed in an on-duty motor vehicle collision.

On July 6, 2009, Provincial Constables Alan Hack and Lynne Neale of the Elgin County OPP detachment were involved in a two vehicle collision. Both officers were transported to the Four Counties Hospital in Newbury Ontario. Constable Hack succumbed to his injuries. Constable Neale was airlifted to Victoria Hospital in London where she continues to recover from her injuries. Constable Hack was a probationary constable with the Elgin County OPP having just been assigned there in May of 2009. He was 31 years of age and was engaged to be married. Our thoughts and prayers are with Constable Hack's family, Constable Neale, and their friends and colleagues in the OPP.

The funeral was conducted at:

St. Peters Basilica

196 Dufferin Street

London, Ontario

on July 10, 2009

Please send condolences to Constable Neale as she recovers and mourns the loss of and the tragedic situation that brought about Constable Hack's passing. The suspect they were pursuing was later taken into custody.

PC Lynne Neale

Elgin County OPP
42696 John Wise Line
St. Thomas ON. N5P 3S9


On Wednesday July 15, 2009 I along with my mother, brothers, and my best friends met with Sheriff Douglas Gillespie to receive my 20 year pin and photo.

Twenty years. Two zero. When I pinned on this badge I had just turn two year over twenty (22 years old). A pup. I could not imagine at that time the concept of working twenty years. As a new officer you live life in incriment. The tiny hurdles of your career, the markers you want to cross as you run the race to the finish line of a career. The first one facing a rookie officer is getting off probation and progressing from Police officer level one to police officer level two. Then its getting past your first five years to be vested. Then its vision of enhancing officer skills and for me Police Officer (2A) which is Detective (Investigator, Inspector depending on where your from). Then there's the presentation of your ten year service pin and your fifteen year service pin. These are both huge milestone but most people are not throwing a party. Now twenty and twenty five. Those are "party required" dates like the 40th, 45th, and 50th birthday galas.

At twenty years a lot of officers are eligible for retirement (NYPD for an example), In Nevada (the US state I am from) you can retire with ten years on but to get the best benefit wise the Twenty Five year mark is ideal.

I feel so blessed for my twenty years of police service. I have worked in great assignments and feel like I have made a difference in many peoples lives. I am often asked about the highlights of my career and the positions I enjoyed the most.

In the early 1990s I worked as part of a specialized community policing team that patrolled the then troubled area near the strip called the "Naked City" (located west of the Stratosphere Tower). Gang activity, drugs, prostitution and other misconduct plagued this predominately minority occupied area.

It had come to our attention that an elderly lady's home had been taken over by local gang members who were dealing drugs from her home against her will. She was like a captive and due to a language barrier she did not reach out to the police. It was my great pleasure to be part of the team that liberated that precious old lady from that siege. She was so greatful and I fondly remember that rescue.

I also enjoyed my time working as an instructor with the Drug Abuse Resistance and Education (DARE) Program, the Gang Resistance Eaducation and Training (GREAT) Program and as a Kids In Action summer youth program site coordinator while in community relations. I loved pouring positive information and self esteem into the youth of my community. The students really appreciated their DARE officer and looked forward to their weekly visit to their school. I felt like I had the greatest impact on this society's future while educating the children.

My current assignment also provides me the feeling I am making a difference. I make a differnce one life at a time, one case at a time, one in-service presentation, academy presentation, and citizen presentation at a time. Teaching Domestic Violence Awareness allows me to help empower some of our most vulnerable citizens in our society. People who over time have lost their own self-worth. No one deserves to be Battered or abused emotionally in a intimate relationship.

As I look back over my twenty years I thank God for his grace and his wisdom. I thank God for the people who he has placed in my life. I thank God for the experiences he has brought me through along the way and I thank God for you (my reader). He has been the source of my strength.

Finding the IAWP thirteen years ago has helped me be the person I am today. I have met so many awesome and inspiring individuals during the twelve confernces I have attend (#13 Seattle here I come). I have share so many experience given and received so much encouragement from the fantastic women (and men) of the IAWP along the years. I have met so many people from diverse backgrounds and spiritual belief and am a better person for those meetings.

If you are not a member. JOIN. If you have not attend a conference. THERE'S still time. The Seattle 2009 Conference is two months away. Join me as a proud member of the IAWP and a proud twenty year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Have a fantasitic weekend and stay safe.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Someone is always watching.

When we first became police officers we were told by our training officers that we must always behave as if we are on camera. On duty or off duty. People watch us because we are Police Officers (especially our children, nieces, nephews and the neighborhood children). They pay attention to how we behave in public and in private.

Whether we know it or not we are always being watched. In Vegas you cannot go many places where you are not under survillence. The casinos, the mall, the Walmart, the CVS(drug or convience store), the traffic signal and yes we have police air unit and television copters. I am not encouraging paranoia. I am just reminding you that you never know who's watching or who is rolling tape (audio or visual) on you.

Inside the patrol car we ride around in a black and white fish bowl. The public sees the clearly identified law officer in their uniform performing their duties. If you are on the cell phone, speeding or running red lights without being on a Code 3 emergency call the public sees it and finds it harder to accept their traffic ticket for doing the same. "Do as I say not as I do" does not go over well.

The first part of this month a police dash cam ( Interior Dashboard Mounted Camera) focusing on the front passenger compartment of a police vehicle captured a female officer and her Chief what appeared to be making out. The report stated a prisoner was asleep in the back of the car and that the two officers were transporting the prisoner from one location to another.

Headline "Police Chief caught Kissing his subordinate in a police car."

Perry Township Police Department Chief Timothy Escola, a married man, and deputy Janine England have been in the news a lot recently. Drawing attention to just how exposed police are while driving in a marked law enforcement vehicle.

Now I know an interior dash cam is not the norm. Most dash camera footage I have seen has been of the activity in front of the patrol car. This coverage of the interior is a bit usual but obviously possible because that vehicle and the activities occuring in it while being used by city/county/state employees of law enforcement is of public concern.

Escola retired and England was fired. reported the story about this Ohio, USA Police Department.

Remember to behave as if someone is watching all you do while representing your agency.

Stay Safe.


Hi Everyone,

Lis Eddy and I went to visit Mary Stowe. "Who is Mary Stowe?" you ask.

She was the conference director for the Seattle 1976 IAWP Conference. She is sharp as a knife with a great personality. We asked her about her law enforcement career.

She started as a Seattle Policewoman in 1952. Wow. She wore a skirt, high heels, and had a purse with her revolver in it. They would not let the women officers work the street until 1962, which was the year of the world's fair in Seattle when the space needle was built.

When Lis and I asked her what she wanted for lunch. All she wanted was Taco Bell.

I asked her about the 1976 conference. She said that there were about 125 people that attended at the Edgewater hotel(which by the way is a very nice hotel right on the water).

I asked her what was positive about the conference and the IAWP and she said, "meeting all the women from all over the world". She loves the fact that it's an International organization.

When I asked her about the negative, she piped up and said, "I hated it when some of the brass would show up and expect to get a free meal"

She also said, which really cracked me up, "I don't like the IAWP saying that we are having annual conferences. Like the 47th or the 48th. It's just a conference. Say it's the IAWP Seattle conference 2009" She said that she tried to bring it up at board meetings, but never got anywhere.

We didn't know this, but she was awarded the Heritage award. She does not know the year, but when we went back to her home, she showed us a beautiful crystal vase with the IAWP star on it. She smiled from ear to ear showing it to us.

She still has boxes of conference goodies that she has collected over the years. She even told us that she has the very first IAWP newsletter. She couldn't remember the year.

She is a lifetime member of the IAWP, and held the position of a vice president on the board for several years.

She also has a stack of 1976 Seattle conference photo's in her house, but she wanted show us them another time. Lis and I think she has many boxes of IAWP history as well as Seattle P.D. history. I hope one day we can go there and look through her treasures.

I've attached a picture of Mary and I. It was an honor to meet her. I have invited her to join us for opening ceremonies and told her that we would recognize her in the audience. She turned red in the face and with a big smile said, "I would love that, guess I need to find a nice dress to wear". It was a great day for all of us.

Submitted by:

Beth A. Lavin/ Conference Director
47th Annual International Association of Women Police Conference
Seattle, Washington September 20-24th, 2009
Tel 206-418-9274
Fax 866-404-7975

Thursday, July 09, 2009


LAPD mourns suicide death of narcotics detective

Colleagues say Susan J. Clemmer, 41, was 'always smiling' and showed no troubling signs. She shot herself in the head at a Santa Clarita sheriff's station Monday night, police say.

LAPD detective Susan J. Clemmer shot herself at the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station in Los Angeles County, Calif.

By Richard Winton and Joel Rubin
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Officers throughout the Los Angeles Police Department grieved Tuesday as news spread that a veteran detective had killed herself in the lobby of an L.A. County Sheriff's Department station Monday night.

Susan J. Clemmer, a well-regarded officer assigned to the LAPD's Gang and Narcotics Division, walked into the Santa Clarita sheriff's station about 9:15 p.m. and spoke to the sheriff's deputy at the front desk, according to sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore and LAPD officials.

Clemmer, 41, placed a box of personal items on the counter and asked to speak to a different deputy. After a brief conversation with a second deputy, when Clemmer was briefly left unattended, staffers heard a gunshot and rushed out to find her with a single gunshot wound in her head, police said. No one else was injured.


Rest In Peace Susan.


Please keep Susan's surviving loved ones, friend, families and her colleagues at the LAPD in your thoughts and prayer.

We cannot know what Susan may have been facing in her life. We can only imagine at this point because it is unknown what was in the box she left at that substation. They described Susan in the article as "Always smiling". It made me think of the lyrics to the song Jermain Jasckson sung at his brother Michael Jackson's funeral service.

"Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
when there are clouds in the sky
you'll get by
if you smile when you're feeling sorrow
Smile and may be tomorrow
you'll find that life is still worthwhile
if you just smile."

Sunday, July 05, 2009


Congratulation to IAWP Member and International Scholarship Committee Co-chair Cindy Shain on her new assignment as The University of Louisville's Department of Justice Administration Associate Director of the Southern Police Institute. She begins her new position Monday. Enjoy your new assignment Cindy.

Saturday, July 04, 2009


May you have a great time with your family and friends and may the Fireworks be a bright inspiration for your night.

Pray for our troops who are spending July 4th thousand of miles from home.

Here is an email that was forwarded to me by an IAWP member. Let's remember the troops who are in the line of fire and giving their lives for the Independence we are celebrating today.

This puts things into perspective:
by MIKE aka Mr. Brutally Honest

While the focus today, tomorrow and for the next God-knows-how-many-days will be the death of a pop culture icon; while many will mourn, wail and quite literally make fools of themselves over it and while as many will speak endlessly about it, allow me, if only for a moment, to remind us all that others have died this month; others whose lives were cut short; others who leave behind loved ones and whose families will dearly miss them; families who'll suffer with much more dignity and honor than we'll be exposed to on the tube in the coming days.

Yes... it's true... we've suffered a great loss... but forgive me while I tell you that I'm not talking about the king of pop music.

These American military members died in Iraq this month:
Sergeant Justin J. Duffy
Specialist Christopher M. Kurth
Specialist Charles D. Parrish
Lance Corporal Robert D.. Ulmer
Staff Sergeant Edmond L. Lo
Sergeant Joshua W. Soto
Captain Kafele H. Sims
Specialist Chancellor A. Keesling

And these members of our U.S. Armed Forces died in Afghanistan this month:
Sergeant Jones, Ricky D.
Specialist Munguia Rivas, Rodrigo A.
Command Master Chief Petty Officer Garber, Jeffrey J.
1st Sergeant Blair, John D.
Sergeant Smith, Paul G.
Staff Sergeant Melton, Joshua
Sergeant 1st Class Dupont, Kevin A.
Specialist O'Neill, Jonathan C.
Chief Warrant Officer Richardson Jr., Ricky L.
Specialist Silva, Eduardo S.
Lance Corporal Whittle, Joshua R.
Major Barnes, Rocco M.
Major Jenrette, Kevin M.
Staff Sergeant Beale, John C.
Specialist Jordan, Jeffrey W.
Specialist Griemel, Jarrett P. Specialist Hernandez I, Roberto A.
Sergeant Obakrairur, Jasper K.
Staff Sergeant Hall, Jeffrey A.
Private 1st Class Ogden, Matthew D.
Private 1st Class Wilson, Matthew W.

Let's remember and honor this day those whose deaths are truly impacting.


I welcome other points of view and thought on this blog. We have to remember each person in this world experiences a unique life and have a unique perspective on current events. Pray for all who are mourning where ever they our.

Stay Safe

Friday, July 03, 2009


We all have a soundtrack to our life. Music that gets us through hard times and fun times, the times of our lives. For many of us the music of Michael Jackson (whether as part of The Jackson 5 or during his solo career) has been on our radio or playing in our heads. Michael's music is international. People are mourning worldwide the death of the often tauted "King of Pop". I understand. Though we are law enforcers and look at Michael the person with a skeptical eye (the child molestation allegations) we still see the talent this poor tortured soul had. He had to endure STARDOM and the drama that went with it his entire life. He was a man child always searching for Neverland. He thought he was Peter Pan. His music left its mark on all of our lives.

Rest In Peace Michael.

The title of some of Michael's most famous songs:

"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
"Rock with you"
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
"The Way You Make Me Feel"
"Man In The Mirror"
"Beat It"
"Billie Jean"
"Black or White"
"Smooth Criminal"
"We are the world" (with many other artists)

and many more. I know you were singing the songs in your head as you read off the titles. It's ok. It's ok to reflect on the music that shaped your life.

A Memorial Service will be held for Michael in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on July 7, 2009. A reported 20,000 police officers will be needed to handle the entire event. Please pray for a peaceful event.

Stay Safe.

(The pictures of Michael Jackson are from the July 10, 2009 Special Tribute Issue of Entertainment Weekly.)

Thursday, July 02, 2009


Greetings IAWP. I am happy to wish you a safe, health and prosperous July. Choose for it to be so. Choose to be happy. We shape our attitude. We can dwell on negatives and sad things or focus on the positive and what advantages we have. Your life is some body else's dream. So know even when things seem dim. Look up and know you will make it through. BE POSITIVE.

(Above see more photos of IAWP members. This is just a glimpse of what to expect when you join us in Seattle in September.)

Saturday, June 27, 2009



I am glad to see you at our site. IAWP is a great organization filled with strong, confident, successful women and men in the law enforcement field. We live diverse, creative and productive lives and this is the place I look to report about them. If this is your first visit, welcome. I am glad you stopped by. Take some time to read the post about our members and law enforcement related activities. Get to know your fellow IAWP members. I ask that you also share about your self. If you have a current project you are involved in that you feel would be of interest to other members worldwide please share. Our membership is so diverse; from different countries, religions, law enforcement services, currently serving, retired, associate members and this blog is designed to connect us.

From time to time I will speak of things I am doing and am involved in with hopes that they will inspire you to share what is new with you in your area. You can send your ideas to me at

A great example is two of our IAWP board members are cruising as I type and I a looking forward to their cruise report when they return. With all the travelling I have done in my life I have yet to board a cruise. I have heard it is the best way to travel. I also understand IAWP Seattle Conference 2009 has a pre-conference Alaskan Cruise planned September 13 -20 which gets you back to Seattle with plenty of time to attend the conference. If you have not gone a cruise yet or love to cruise this will be an excellent opportunity to extend your training experience with a vacation.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Today is the day in the US that we honor our fathers. All religious tomes and spiritual documents recognize the importance of honoring our fathers. Exodus 20:12 directs, "Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you." The Bible promises long life as your reward. By the power of first reference, this is the first time the word "Honor" is used in the Bible and it is towards your parents. Our familial structure was not an accident or a coincidence. The people who make up our families have been pre-ordain. On the shoulders of the Father great responsibility is placed.

We all come from different types of homes. Some had a father in their home as they grew up. Some did not. Some knew their father and he poured into their growth and success of their lives. Some did not. People accept responsibility differently. We can only be responsible for our actions. How we deal/dealt with our fathers. If he was not there for you and he is still alive, choose to be there for him in your adulthood. Choose to be a good child and honor your father. Forgive him for the past if he was not what you envisioned a father should be. Noone is perfect. We are all only human. Choose to pick up the phone and stay in touch. You never know if this Father's Day may be the last Father's Day you have to pick up the phone and call him.

This morning I woke up, looked up and I said "Happy Father's Day, Daddy". I spoke to heaven for my father passed away November 26, 2008. He went home to heaven (according to my spiritual belief) to be with our Heavenly Father. I can only speak to his departed spirit now. I miss talking to my father. As I look back I think, I wish I had talked to him more often. When he could respond, laugh and interact. My father was an awesome man. Successful and greatly loved. I consider it a compliment when people tell me I am a lot like my father or I look just like him. I am proud of my father. Today especially I honor my Father. Thank you Daddy for all you did to make my who I am. I thank God I was blessed to be your daughter and a part of your family.

Spend time with your dad today or give him a call. If he is no longer alive. Spend time with your family to honor his memory even if its just pulling out old photos and remebering the good times you shared with him. Keep those who spend this holiday in remebrance of a father who has passed away or a father who may be serving their country far away from home in your prayers. Make the most of this day for tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Have a Great Father's Day.

(This blog is In Honor of my father, Zellie Lee Dow Jr. May 6, 1945 - November 26, 2008) Pictured above.

Please keep IAWP members : Carolyn White (NLVPD), Regina Coward-Holman (LVMPD), Deb Nicholson (IAWP Seattle 2009 Conference Co-coordinator) and Anna Herman (IAWP Region 8 Coordinator) in your thoughts and prayers on this first Father's Day they spend without their fathers. (I am sorry if I left anyone out. Please know you too are in our thoughts and prayers.)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009



Myra James (IAWP 3rd VP and OWLE President) was recently diagnosed with Bell s Palsy. She is in very good spirits and demonstrating her usual optimism and in her words “it’s not the worst of the worst” so she is hoping for a full recovery. Myra finds great strength in her IAWP family, so please keep Myra in your thoughts and/or prayers for a speedy and full recovery. You know she would do the same for you!

(This information was provided by IAWP Region 11 Coordinator Leanne Fitch)


IAWP Past President Carolen Bailey (and member of the IAWP Board of Trustees) will be undergoing heart surgery on Friday, June 19th, 2009 She will be at :

United Hospital
333 Smith Avenue North
St. Paul, Mn. 55133.

The surgery will involve replacing/repairing a severe valve leakage and they will also do a procedure to deal with the arterial fibrillation. The surgery will last several hours. The surgery is very serious. It is expected that they will keep her in the hospital for 10 days. The recovery will be long. Probably 2-3 months before she is able to get up and do daily activities and then perhaps up to a year before she feels totally recovered and up to the activities that she regularly enjoys.

Please keep Carolen in your thoughts and prayers. Feel free to send her a “Get Well” card I am sure she would appreciate it.

(This information was provided by IAWP Past President Kathy Burke member of the IAWP Board of Trustees)


EKU's Cindy Shain Receives Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award
May 06, 2009
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.
Before joining EKU, Shain was a deputy chief in the Louisville Police Department.
“Cindy is a strong leader – both professionally in a traditionally male-dominated field and through her volunteer activities,” said Janet Holloway, executive director of Women Leading Kentucky. “She is a great example of how women can impact the workplace and the community.”
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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith of the Naperville. Ill Police Department (pictured here with the 2009 IAWP Seattle Mascot "Ollie" and her husband Dave "JD Buck Savage" Smith) retired on May 7, 2009 after 29 years of service. Betsy is in Las Vegas today instructing at the Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar. Be on the look out for some Career Survival tips from this warrior of Law Enforcement Education and Training.

Please keep Dave in your prayers for a speedy recovery from his recent surgery.

(Photo by IAWP Member Janet Wilson)