Sunday, July 19, 2009

AnywhereIsPossiblewithIAWP



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

BereavementNoticePrayerRequest

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

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

TwentyYearsOfService



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

WorkingInAFishBowl

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.

CantonRep.com 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.

MeetMaryStowe



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
Website: www.iawp2009.org
Email: iawp2009@yahoo.com
Tel 206-418-9274
Fax 866-404-7975

Thursday, July 09, 2009

LAPDMournsDetectiveSusanClemmer

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.

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Rest In Peace Susan.


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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

AssociateDirectorCindyShain


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

HappyIndependenceDayUSA

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.

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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

DeathofAnIcon



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:

"Thriller"
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
"Rock with you"
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
"The Way You Make Me Feel"
"Man In The Mirror"
"Bad"
"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

HappyJuly




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.)