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