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)


A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience,
Raised a glass of water and asked
'How heavy is this glass of water?'
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.
The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

He continued,

'And that's the way it is with stress management.

If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,
As the burden becomes increasingly heavy,
We won't be able to carry on. '
'As with the glass of water,
You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.'

'So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.
Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

Here are some great Ways of Dealing with the Burdens of Life:

* Accept that some days you're the pigeon,
And some days you're the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet,
Just in case you have to eat them.

* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be
"Recalled" by their maker.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again,
It was probably worth it.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,
Because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

* When everything's coming your way, You're in the wrong lane.

* Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

* You may be only one person in the world, But you may also be the world to one person.

* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

* We could learn a lot from crayons...
Some are sharp,
some are pretty and
some are dull.

Some have weird names, and
all are different colours,
but they all have to live in the same box.

*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Have an awesome day...(This was shared via email by IAWP Board Member Linda Cunningham)

The greatest discovery of this generation is that a human being can alter their life by altering their attitude. -- William James

Thursday, June 04, 2009


(I am pictured with a plate of donuts provided in the donut eating contest at this years International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association - ILEETA Conference. I only ate two. The contest was a lot of fun. ) On a lighter note or a heavier note depending on how you see "the donut". June 5, 2009 is National Donut Day. Krispy Kreme will be giving away a free donut to all who stop by their US store on that day. Dunkin Donuts will give a free donut away with the purchase of a beverage. Cops and Donuts have a long time love/hate relationship. Whether you love them on hate them, there's a free one if you want it tomorrow. Stay Safe.


Former IAWP Executive Director Julie Brunzell (Pictured here in 2008 in St. John, Newfoundland) is a courageous cancer survivor. She is in the final phases of her treatment and was fit and in good spirits at our recent Spring Board Meeting in Kentucky. Julie recently shared the follow information with me. If you are able to assist these ladies in their fund raising effort for this worthy cause please do so.


Greetings, Everyone.

Two of my dearest colleagues at work, Stephanie and Sandi, are walking in the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk this summer, August 21-23. 2009. It’s 60 miles. Ouch. They are in training as we speak. They have called themselves Team Julie, the BWJPettes, and are in need of each raising $2,300, therefore I am reaching out to you.

Please consider donating to this. I am grateful and humbled by their efforts and hope you are, too.

Here is Sandi's letter:

"I have taken on an incredible challenge! At the end of August 2009, I'll be walking 60 miles over the course of three days, camping out at night with thousands of other women and men taking this journey with me.

It's for an event called the Breast Cancer 3-Day, which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Every advancement in breast cancer research, treatment, education and prevention in the last 25 years has been touched by a Komen for the Cure grant. They are working hard to build a future without breast cancer, and I plan on raising $2300 to help bring us closer to that goal.

Please consider making a donation of $60 - that's only one dollar for every mile I walk! If you can't give this amount all at once, you can spread it out over four months, using the payment plan option, if you donate online at Please also ask your employer if they will double your donation with a matching gift. Any contribution that you can make will be very appreciated!

This past year, in the course of a few short weeks, my dear friend and coworker learned she had advanced breast cancer and began her chemotherapy. Over the last few months, we have all watched her struggle to fight the cancer, as well as the exhausting effects of the treatments. In her honor, my office joined together to form "Team Julie," with three of us volunteering to walk and the others helping in a variety of ways.

Without a cure, one in eight women in the U.S. will continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer. That's why I'm walking in the 3-Day. Because everyone deserves a lifetime.

Just follow the link below to visit my personal fundraising webpage and make a donation. If you don't want to donate online, please download and print a donation form and mail it to the address on the form. Or you can call 800.996.3DAY to donate over the phone. I would like to reach my fundraising goal by July 1, 2009, so please don't wait!

Thank you for taking the time to read this email, and thank you for your support.

Sandi Murphy

P.S. Don't wait - please help me reach my goal and donate today!
Click here to visit my personal page.

Visit the web address: "

Thank you, in advance, for your consideration. This is one of the few times I will be playing the “cancer trump card”.

With all my love and grace, Julie


Region 10 Coordinator Robin Matthews has to have a biopsy on a mass on her thyroid and will be having cataract surgery soon. This in addition to losing "Cody Pup" made for a very trying few days for her and Lynette. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. If you wish to contact them their contact information is in the Women Police Magazine and on our website .

Please keep IAWP Member and former Regional Coordinator Donna Wright in your thoughts and prayers. More details to follow.


Please keep Second Vice President Lynette Hogue and Region 10 Coordinator Robin Matthews in your prayers as they mourn the passing of their beloved family pet "Cody Pup". Cody had a huge mass on his spleen and had to be put down yesterday evening.

Region 10 member Fabian Brown is mourning the passing of her beloved family pet "Q" who was recently put down.

Many of our members have family pets that are an important part of their lives. This blog allows us to stay informed of the challenges facing our IAWP friends and their families. Please join me in praying for their loss.