Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Eve


We are making a list and checking it twice. We are the men and women of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department. We are making the list of things we need for New Year’s Eve on the Las Vegas Strip. America's Party. A destination of choice for over 300,000 party goers and revelers. They are coming to Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world to release their inhibitions and explore their dark side believing “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” yet the truth be told, the adage “Arrive on vacation, leave on probation” is more to the point.

Las Vegas Metro police is on it and will be out in full force this New Years Eve. If you act up and dampen the party in a criminal way we do have something for you. I am sure it will be a nice story to tell your friends at home that is if they do not see you on “City Jail” or “Cops” before you get to tell your version of the tale. Video does not lie and a diminished recollection while drinking does not a good incident make, yet it makes for good reality television. Make sure you look your best for your mug shot. I jest.

For the most part people come, go to the strip, enjoy themselves, meet new friends and go safely home without incident and with a few photos with the local cops. Let’s hope that is how this year’s New Years Eve celebration plays out. That it is safe and uneventful for all involved.


To all who are working the various New Years Eve celebration throughout the world I pray for an peaceful, fun and uneventful night that everyone safely makes it home from. Stay Safe.



Happy New Year 2011

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tis the Season


December is a great month. This year it is filled with many holidays to celebrate. Regardless of which ones or how you celebrate I hope you spend it with family, friends and loved ones. This season is about connecting with the ones we love and spending quality time with people we enjoy. It’s not about presents it is about presence. Your presence. Your actual full attention to the activity and the person you are enjoying the activity with.

I encourage you to take the time to tell those you love that you love them. It is a season of love. And you never know if you will have the opportunity to tell them again. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.

Every celebration that is observed in this season is about appreciation. Gifts are exchanged in most instances. From a child time has always been the greatest gift to me. I love to spend time with my friends, family and loved ones. Just hanging out and doing whatever comes to our mind. It is not about the activity it is about the fellowship. It is about the time taken and given by all involved to be a part of someone else’s life. To be a part of someone else’s experience.

As you are running around preparing for the big gift giving day, think of the greatest gift you can give someone you care for, your time.

The value of time is amazing. Many are dealing with job losses and lack of finances. Time cost you nothing monetarily and when you are no longer in this world and have passed away the people who love you will reflect on the time you spent with them. The gifts are perishable. The memory of the time spent is priceless.

Enjoy your time.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thankful

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I especially hope our US members enjoyed this long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I hope you spent it with friends, family and loved ones and remembered those who are no longer with us to join in the celebration.

I counted my blessings as I hosted my family at my home. A traditional holiday in our family is generally centered around a meal. The tradition of the family sitting around the table discussing their lives and their days have long gone by the way side. With hectic schedules and numerous distractions the evening meal can be rushed and unconnected.

The television was turned off and the cell phones silenced as my family, each one, gave thanks for something specific in their lives, we honored each other with positive affirmations and honored our father (Zellie Lee Dow Jr who passed away two years ago). We stood in a circle holding hands (the power of connection) sharing each other's energy. When we finished our thanksgiving thoughts we prayed for protection, good health and a prosperous new year. I PRAY THAT PRAYER FOR EVERYONE READING THIS RIGHT NOW.

Each family has different Thanksgiving traditions and I would love to hear yours. Please share them with me on Facebook (by searching for Chaplain Dow) or email me at ChaplainDow@yahoo.com

Another part of the Thanksgiving holiday season is shopping. The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday because retailers plan big sales to lure in consumers with the goal of making their store's profits go from being in the red (owing) to being in the Black (profitting). The Thursday paper is bigger than most Sunday Papers with ads from every store you can imagine encouraging the consumer (shopper) to visit their store and purchase lots of merchandise. They list popular items as incentive to get you to come to their store and advertise an early opening with special prices to get you there. They call them "Door Buster" because the items are priced so low people will wait in line and bust through the door to get them when they become available.

Everyone brought a Thursday paper when they arrived at my house (I have a lot of paper for recycling tomorrow). After dinner we compared advertisement and mapped out a shopping plan. Las Vegas is a 24 hour town so most of the major retailers are open 24 hours. We decided to stay up and go shopping at midnight to catch the 1201 am sales which would have the November 26th date.

The fun of the whole Black Friday Door Buster experience is really the company you have while enjoying it. There was really no thing so pressing that it could not wait until any day to be purchased during the sale. It was the act of shopping with my mom and my siblings that made it fun. I also later that day shopped with a friend again for the fellowship and adventure not so much the items we bought.

Eating meals out at restaurants with friends, visiting friends and hanging out with friends rounded out the Thanksgiving activities.

My mom enjoyed driving around my neighborhood looking at the Holiday lights that were displayed on many homes. For some the day after Thanksgiving is a time to decorate their houses for the upcoming holidays. Looking at the holiday lights while listening to the radio playing seasonal music really gets me in the mood for the season.

I observe Christmas and will be completing my Christmas decorating this week. In the coming weeks in recognition of the diverse religions our member's observe, I will be sharing religious traditions and observances from around the world. I would like to make them as personal as possible so if you would like to share a story of how your family celebrates and/or observe an upcoming religious holiday please contact me. I know our members would love to hear stories from around the world.

I pray you all stay safe and have a great week.

with gratitude,

Chaplain Dow

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Family Time

In the United States most in the country are observing a season of Thanksgiving. It is a time when people get together with family and friends and reflected on the people and things they are thankful for in their lives.

Thursday started with the actually Thanksgiving Holiday. Fellowshipping around a meal is generally the center piece of this holiday. Whether your tradition is lasanga, turkey, or roasted pork it is generally something that was instilled in you from childhood. Mothers and Fathers sit their children down and they teach them to give thanks. The purpose of giving thanks was to focus and recognize the blessings you truly have in your life.

Often the negative or the lack is what gets the focus. Truly it is what you do have that should be recognized and respected. Counting your "Haves" help you to realize that "Have nots" are not necessities yet maybe wants. The things you need will be provided. I believe all faiths believe that counting your blessings and giving thanks for them is a big part of honoring your higher power.

I hope this weekend you will continue to enjoy your time with your family and friends. I hope you have the opportunity to make new friends and to speak positively into their lives. Be thankful for the people who are placed in your path because thankfully we do not walk the path of our lives alone. The people along the way help shape our story and how we treat and react to them is how we create our legacy.

Have a great weekend.

(On November 26, 2010 my mother, brothers and I honored my father Zellie Lee Dow Jr who passed away on that date in 2008. Treasure your loved ones while they are still with you.)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Simple VS Real


A simple friend has never seen you cry.
A real friend has shoulders soggy from tears.

A simple friend doesn't know your parent's first names.
A real friend has their phone numbers in their address book.

A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party.
A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean up.

A simple friend hates it when you call after they have gone to bed.
A real friend asks you why it took you so long to call.

A simple friend seeks to talk with you about their problems.
A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.

A simple friend wonders about your romantic history.
A real friend could blackmail you with it.

A simple friend , when visiting, acts like a guest.
A real friend opens the refrigerator and helps himself.

A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument.
A real friend knows thet it's not a friendship until after you've had a fight.

A simple friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real friend expects to always be there for you.

A simple friend will read this and throw it away.
A real friend will send it back to you until she's sure it's been received.


Which one are you in your friendship relationships? Are you Real or Simple? Change it if you desire to have a deeper level of relationship with your friends. The holidays are the perfect time to reconnect and to get to know your friend's families while extended family members are visiting.

Share this list with your friends. It will be a good opener when you re-connect.

Happy Holidays.


(this was shared with me years ago by a REAL friend)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Re-Connect before it's too late


I spent the last weekend of October in a small town in Ohio where I once lived with one of my dearest and oldest (long serving) friend. For years we have kept in touch via telephone and occassional letters. He thought of coming my way (as I continuously suggested the visit) yet never made it to the 24 hour high speed partying lifestyle of Vegas.

In July I decided I would go and visit him. I had not seen him since I was in college on Spring Break in the early 80s when I visited him while he was stationed in Hawaii as a US Marine.

October 14, 2010 one of my good high school friends (who I was very close to in High School, went on to college with and fell out of touch with when he went on to grad school) died of a very painful cancer. Through my mind came the thought "What if?"

What if I had stayed in touch with him? What if I knew he had returned to town? What if I was an active/current part of his life? Would his last days have been different?

I was sad when I found out Jim had been back in town for ten years and lived less than three miles from two of my other high school classmates (and they all shared the exact same birhtday). I had to forgive myself and free myself from walking down the "What if" path. There is no way to change the level of relationship we had when someone passed away as that door is closed.

I attended his funeral and met his family, coworkers and friends. I heard the stories of his life well lived though he was taken too soon. He was only 45.
I prayed for insight from God as to why I was not aware of what was going on in his life and why I had not been prompted to re-connect prior to his passing. The answer came slowly. It was not in His will.

This experience made me all the more determined to complete my visit to Ohio and to make the most of the re-connection. I believe people are put into your life for a reason. Be it for one incident or a brief period or to be a key and long standing influences in your life that help you grow into the person you ultimately become. Edward is the latter. He and I have been friends in each others lives over the miles and the years for three decades.

When I arrived to visit him and his family in Ohio it was as if we began right where we last left off in 1980. We were grown up kids. We visited our old houses and our old schools and hangouts. We went people watching at Walmart (really we were shopping though you have to take in the sights while in Walmart). For two days I experienced time with my dearest friend and I am glad I did. No "what if" there.

It took action. I had to go. I had to plan the trip and show up. He too had to interact. Friendship is two sided and both parties must participate.

As we enter the holiday season I encourage everyone to pray and meditate on who your soul directs you to re-connect with. Then act. Call them. Plan a visit. If they are close enough make it a priority to physically meet with them. Many of us are reaching the time in our life when we recognize the names in the obituaries. We are starting to see co-workers, friends and former classmates in those columns and we wonder how we fell out of touch.

Make the most of your life. Share it with the friends you have been blessed with. True friends are a blessing. Do not take them for granted. Do not assume they will always be there. Do what you need to do so that you are not saying "What if" when you receive notice of their passing.

I look forward to hearing your stories of re-connections.


Stay Safe

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Columbus Day, Happy Thanksgiving


On this day the United States celebrates Columbus Day most schools and public services are closed in honor of this day. Canada is celebrating Thanksgiving and also have the day off in honor of this day.

For those of you who are enjoying a day off at home I hope you have made great plans to be with family, friends and neighbors as you celebrate.

Have a great day.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10/10/10

Triple tens. This date combo will not be seen again in most of our lifetimes. When unique days like these are presented to us. We should reflect on how we are going to make this day memorible. Will you plan a big family dinner? Will you take a friend or loved one on a great escape adventure? Will you make a phone call or write a card or email to encourage someone? What will you do?

The action word is what stands out to me. DO. What will you do?

I look forward to hearing your stories.

Here in Vegas it's a beautiful day. I am off to make the most of it. Enjoy and Be Safe.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Women of IAWP donned pink during or Fall Conference in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many of our members have been touched by breast cancer both through personal experience or through their friends and loved ones. Let's pray for the survivors and for the family, friends and colleagues of those who lost their battle with this disease.

Remember to schedule your mammogram this month. Early detection and prevention are key to defeating this illness.

Cheers to the survivors. You are examples to us all. Please send me the stories of your success. I would love to share your testimony to encourage those who are facing cancer. Shine your victory, save a life, be a blessing.

Friday, October 01, 2010

A beautiful ending to a successful conference

We are all heading home or on to our extended vacations after a night of fun and fellowship. Some have a short drive home, some a quick plane or train ride, still others hours of overseas travel. To all I bid a safe journey home.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Conference Continues


Today the women and men of the IAWP after a full day of training attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The post AGM plan is an informal Pub Crawl where local establishments will be welcoming our delegates.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

An Evening At the Hardrock





The Lexington Conference Committee hosted a hospitality night at the Minneapolis Hardrock. The International flavor was apparent as they brought their home town joy to share with colleagues.

Monday, September 27, 2010

IAWP Opening Ceremony 2010







Beautiful Sunny Weather greeted us Sunday for our Parade of Nations and our opening ceremony. It was a visual example of our conference theme “Strength in Unity”. Women and men in a sea of International uniforms representing 64 countries were greeted by local supporters waving and cheering along the parade path. We marched from the conference hotel to Target Field. We held our Opening Ceremony where the Minnesota Twins play. The Ceremony recognized women police officers who have died in the line of duty. It was my honor to officiate.

Mylan Masson and I were able to introduce the “Candle of Remembrance”. The candle represents the fallen officers who are no longer with us because they lost their lives in the line of duty. They are absent yet not forgotten as we recognize and remembered their service and sacrifice. The candle will be displayed at all IAWP functions and will be passed to each conference committee as a new tradition for the IAWP.

Nearly 500 delegates were in attendance. The Master of Ceremonies was the US Marshal for The District of Minnesota Sharon Lubinski. Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal, Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Deputy Chief Janee Harteau, MPD Inspector and IAWP 2010 Conference Director Kris Arneson were joined by the president of the Minnesota Twins David St. Peter to welcome the delegates to Minneapolis .

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Registration is Underway

The sixth floor of the Marriott Minneapolis City Center is abuzz with delegates arriving and registering for the "Strength in Unity" themed Conference. The lobby is full of folks re-uniting with old friends and making/meeting new ones.

Tomorrow promises to be clear and warm for the Parade of Nation and the Opening Ceremonies.

Your Board of Directors have been in two days of meetings planning and handling the administration of our organization. Nearly 40 are in attendance.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Full

The desert is brightly lit in the sky the horizon appears to be infinite I describe the night sky on a full moon night. Tonight. As I look up at this brightly lit planet which illuminates my evening I think my friends in IAWP regardless where they are in the world (time of day is an issue) can look up and we both would be staring at the same sky, the same moon, the same universe. We are not so very different we all find joy in the sight of a full moon. Under the same sky we, our membership reflect that light back to the world.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Minneapolis Conference Committee prepares


The 2010 Conference Committee is hard at work preparing for our arrival in Minnesota. Pictured here are a few conference committee members while at the 2010 Spring Street Survival meeting. Joann Springer, Marcie Wacker (pictured here) and many others have spent many hours to ensure this will be a great conference experience for all.

There are several Hospitality Events planned for our conference.

Sunday September 26, 2010 from 6-9pm a mixer is planned with complimentary appetizers.

Monday September 27, 2010 from 6-9pm there is an social event hosted by the 2011 Lexington, Kentucky Conference Committee.

Tuesday September 28, 2010 the St. Paul Police Ranking Officers Association will host a Hospitality Suite from 7pm until midnight.

Wednesday September 29, 2010 the committee has planned a self-guided Pub Crawl (visit to many bars at your own pace) from 7-11pm.

The Details for all these events will be posted at the conference and will be announced as the conference goes along.


Remember to bring your business cards, your department's patches and pins for trade with other collectors or to give to new friends you meet from all over the world. Make the most of this world class opportunity.

I wish you all safe travels and look forward to seeing you soon.

Monday, September 20, 2010

IAWP Welcomes the World

There are six days until the opening ceremonies of the 2010 48th Annual IAWP Conference in Minneapolis, MN (USA). If you have not done so you should go to the iawp.org Home Page and look at the Country flags display. Look at the flags of the countries who will have delegates in attendance at this years training. Each flag shows how truly international this conference training experience will be. Attendees will walk among and attend classes and events with a diverse group of law enforcement professionals representing the WORLD.

Bring your personal world map and atlas (generally there is one posted near the registration desk) to see where on the globe other members live and have come from in comparison to your trip from your home town. Some participants will travel anywhere from 10 to 24 hours changing many plans and using many modes of transportation to get to this educational opportunity.

Talk about a wise investment in yourself.

If you have not made your plans to come to the conference it is not to late. You may still be able to find reasonable rates for air travel by checking your computer's search engine for last minute travel deals. Conference registration can be done on site and you can even drive in for the conference. If you can only attend one or two days it is still worth the trip. There are daily training rates available. Contact the conference committee for assistance. We want to see you in Minneapolis.


Stay Safe and I hope to see you in Minneapolis.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Day of Remembrance

September 11, 2001 / nine eleven / nine one one. It is said it is a day in history that changed America forever. This year is the ninth anniversary of the World Trade Center Tragedy. Many across the United States are commemorating this day. President Obama called for a day of “Remembrance and Service” where citizen’s honor this day and the fallen by helping their fellow man. Adversity calls for strength.

It calls for resilient people:

To decide to “Do Good” in response to evil.

To set an example for the next generation.

To show that one day of terror instead of inciting fear and apprehension instilled honor, pride and patriotism.

This year September 11 marks the end of Ramadan and the second day of the new year for Hebrews and people who observe the Jewish religion. Looming over this day of honor is a Florida pastor’s plan to burn a Quran if the proposed mosque site at ground zero is not moved. Destroying any belief system's holy book is controversial.

This distracts from the remembrance of the 3,000 people who died as a result of the 2001 September 11 Attack attempts. The men and women of the New York Area law enforcement and firefighting community, the passengers on the American and United Airline flights who departed from Boston on their way to Los Angeles, the passengers on United Flight 93 who departed Newark on their way to San Francisco, the passengers on American Airlines 77 which departed from Washington’s Dulles Airport, the victim at the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. The loss of each one of these lives must not be forgotten as the year roll by.

The end of Ramadan is supposed to be a day of both celebration and happiness, but instead, it can’t be helped that it is also a day that many are reminded of the events that took place nine years ago.

President Obama in the remembrance of the 9/11 attacks will be addressing the nation from the Pentagon. This will be his second time addressing the anniversary of the 9-1-1 since he’s taken office. He spoke of it yesterday during a press conference. The events of nine years ago are permanently sewn into the fabric of America. It also affected the world as the way America is seen and Americans are treated abroad has been on a roller coaster ride for nine years. Supporters, sympathizers, and people up to no good pay close attention to how the US reacts to issues of controversy and times of remembrances. Please pray for a safe September 11, 2010. Pray for peace. Pray for safety. Also pray for our troops serving overseas and their families, friends, and loved ones who are missing them and praying for them too. We asked that they will all be strengthened and encouraged and know that their sacrifices are appreciated.

Being an international association we are blessed with members of many different religions and belief systems. With that we have the opportunity to hear/learn about many points of views on issues affecting the members of our association. I am thankful for this organization because we are so diverse and do not endorse one religion over another. Our members set out daily on their individual spiritual journeys and know in the end only they will have to answer to their choices.
Today I hope you choose to join me in praying for peace and safety.

I pray that September 11, 2010 will be a safe day on the streets of all nations and that no law enforcement, military or civilian lives are lost at the hands of terrorism.

Have a fun day filled with remembrance, family and joy.

Friday, September 10, 2010

GREAT TRAINING TWO WEEKS AWAY

In two weeks the women and men of the International Association of Women Police membership from all around the world will begin their journeys to Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend the 48th Annual IAWP Training Conference. It will be held September 26-30, 2010.

By planes, trains, boats and automobiles they'll embark on an adventure to the Northern USA where they will be nestled between the US and Canada with an international audience sharing current and learning new law enforcement training methods.

It is not too late to join the training. Go to IAWP.org for more information.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

IAWP Conference Around the Corner



48th Annual IAWP Training Conference "Strength In Unity"

September 26-30, 2010 the women and men of the International Association of Women Police will gather in Minneapolis, MN USA to honor our fallen female law enforcers (Both Nationally and Internationally) and to participate in multi-discipline law enforcement training.

Plan on joining us in this beautiful location where the evening activities include a hospitality night at the Hardrock Cafe which will be hosted by the 2011 Lexington, Kentucky and the 2012 St. John, Newfoundland Conference Committees. Word has it there will be a special IAWP pin designed especially for our visit to their fair city.

The Mall of America will be ours for a night (or longer if you choose because I am sure coupons will be involved). The Mall of America is truly an adventure with an Amusement Park and rides along with every store you could imagine. I am sure for those who are so inclined you could spend MANY hours in Retail Therapy.

Wednesday there will be a Minneapolis Warehouse District Pub Crawl. This will be a great opportunity to get to know new people and to unwind with your friends and companions.

The Banquet which is held on the final night of our conference is called "The North Woods" at Nicollet Island. I know the Minneapolis conference committee has great things planned for our time in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

If you have not booked your flight, or your room or registered for the conference, there is still time. Go to www.iawp2010.org . Contact your regional coordinator or the conference committee if you are in need of a roommate. Sharing the expenses make a conference enjoyable and affordable. Sometimes there are attendees that have an extra bed in their rooms and enjoy sharing their rooms and mentoring new attendees through their conference experience.

If you have an excuse why you can not come to the IAWP 2010 Conference let me know, then come back and read my next post about "INVESTING IN YOU".

Stay Safe

Chaplain Dow

Monday, July 12, 2010

PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT


IAWP Region 15 Coordinator Amena Begam was promoted to the rank of Superintendent. She joined her new post on 21 June 2010 in Inshallah. CONGRATULATIONS Amena. Well wishes can be sent to Amena at Amena_ctg@yahoo.com .

Stay Safe.

The List We Should All Carry

The most destructive habit. (Worry)
The greatest joy. (Giving)
The greatest loss. (Self-Respect)
The most satisfying work (Helping Others)
The ugliest personality trait (Selfishness)
The most endangered species (Dedicated Leaders)
Our greatest natural resource (Our Youth)
The greatest "shot in the arm" (Encouragement)
The greatest problem to overcome (Fear)
The most effective sleeping pill (Peace of mind)
The most crippling failure disease (Excuses)
The most powerful force in life (LOVE)
The most dangerous pariah (A gossiper)
The world's most incredible computer (The Brain)
The worst thing to be without (Hope)
The deadliest weapon (The tongue)
The two most powerful words (I CAN)
The greatest asset (Faith)
The most worthless emotion (Self-Pity)
The most beautiful attire (A SMILE)
The most prized possession (Integrity)
The most contagious spirit (Enthusiasm)
The most powerful channel of Communication (Prayer)


Author Unknown

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Passing of RCMP Constable Chelsey Robinson


On June 21, 2010, at 12:35 a.m., on-duty Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Chelsey Robinson, aged 25, of the RCMP Stony Plain Detachment was advised of an impaired driver who had been observed traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Highway 16. She was patrolling for the impaired driver when her marked RCMP patrol car collided with a semi-tractor trailer at Highway 16 and Range Road 15, near Stony Plain.

Cst. Robinson (From the IAWP Region 12 Area) was seriously injured in the collision and taken to the hospital in Edmonton where she later died.

Funeral Arrangements are pending.

Please keep the family, friends and colleagues of Constable Chelsey Robinson in your thoughts and prayers.

(Information courtesy of the RCMP through Region 12 Coordinator Sandra Martin)

Friday, June 04, 2010

Tis the Season for Celebration


Tis the season for celebration. Graduations, Weddings, commencements into new stages of life are oft times celebrated in June.

I have the pleasure this year of traveling to Michigan for my nephews graduation. He is a senior athlete. I am looking forward to meeting his friends and seeing the town he has been growing up in with his mother and her fanmily.

Our arrival was greeted by sunlight and warm weather. Today, the day of the schedule graduation, it's raining. Rain. A fresh new beginning for the class of 2010. I am so proud of my nephew and wish him great success as he starts his walk through this journey of life.

Enjoy this season.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

I would like to thank all of the men and women of the World's Armed Service (Especially the U. S. Armed Services) current or former as today the United States honor it's Service Member for their service. They protect our lives and liberty everyday with their lives. Please pray for those who are stationed abroad. Pray for their safety and for their families who may be celebrating this holiday weekend without a beloved service member at the family table. Take Care.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ann Duncan's Earthly Rest

Ann Duncan was laid to rest in her home town in Trinidad on May 27, 2010. Sita Singh, Maureen Ing and I were in Reno that day. We met from lunch and said a prayer for Ann's family, friends and loved ones. We shared stories of Ann and remebered her. Sita said at noon (3pm - the time of Ann's service in Trinidad) she went to her local police memorial site and reflected on the time she spent and the memories she had of Ann.

When I remember Ann I smile because she was such a positive part of my life.

As we continue to mourn Ann's passing, celebrate her life and the times we shared with her please continue sharing your stories with me via email (which with your permission I will place on the blog.)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

In Remembrance of Ann Duncan


The following are remembrances and condolences that has been forwarded to me for the family from IAWP friends.

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I met Ann Duncan years ago when I began to attend our Annual IAWP Conferences. She certainly stood out in the crowd in more than her physical stature. She was soft-spoken but very passionate about topics that meant so much to her such as IAWP and women in policing. You could sense the care and thoughtfulness of the words she chose when she addressed a group on whatever topic she talked about.
It was my pleasure to later serve alongside Ann as a Regional Coordinator on the IAWP Board. Ann will be sorely missed within IAWP. We are all better people for having known her.
I extend my deepest condolences to her husband, Roland, son, Chris, her extended family, and the women officers around the world who are left to go on without Ann in our physical presence. Godspeed Ann!

Donna Wright


We will miss Ann so very much—she was such a great leader for the women of her Region and actively sought ways to better serve all of them.

Cande Ackler



My prayers are with the family and friends of Mrs. Duncan. A great loss.

Stacy Lim
Los Angeles Police Department



I met Ann so long ago that I cannot even remember the year! It seems that she has always been with us sharing her wisdom and courage...so active and alive. She will be sorely missed in our organization and we would do well to both recognize her work and help to highlight the legacy she leaves so that other young women might follow in her footsteps. My condolences go out to her family and friends.

Laura Goodman



It is really too sad to hear about the death of Ann Duncan.
Ann was a friend to many women police. She used to give me good
advices and encouragement in my work. It is really sad that she has gone for ever. May Almighty God rest her soul in International Peace

Kind Regards,

Hellen K. Alyek



This is such sad news. We shall miss her terribly, but more so our Carribean collaegues who she worked so hard for.

Julia Jaeger



I met Ann and Roland in Seattle; they stopped by to say hello and welcome me to IAWP. She met my son Joseph. She was elegant and poised and will be deeply missed. I am personally saddened.

Carol Paterick

Funeral Arrangements for Mrs. Ann Duncan

The funeral service for Ann Duncan will be Thursday May 27, 2010 at 3pm. It will be held at the La Divina Pastora Roman Catholic Church located on La Pastora Street, Siparia, Trinidad West Indies.

Personal Condolences can be email to her husband, Roland Duncan at Onemaco46@hotmail.com .

I will keep you posted as further details unfold. As I receive condolences for the family and remembrances of Ann's life I will post them on the blog.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mrs. Ann Duncan






It is with great sadness and a heavy heart I announce the passing of Ann Duncan. Ann was a life member of the IAWP and recently served as the Region Coordinator for Region 17 which encompasses Bermuda, Carribean Islands, Central America, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, South America, Virgin Islands and the Bahamas before retiring from the board in 2009.

Ann is a personal friend and a mentor of mine on the IAWP Board. She always gave advice with calm wisdom. She listened to what you had to say and then asked questions to help you come to the best decision/response for your query. She was a strong woman of great faith. She influenced men and women throughout the world with her police expertise and her membership in many police organization that touched people the world round.

When I got the call notifying me of Ann's death, I had to pull my car over. It was as if I got punched in the stomach. Ann was a true friend and will be greatly missed.

Please keep her husband Roland, son Chris, family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. With Ann's sudden and unexpected passing all the support we can provide to the family will be appreciated.

Funeral Arrangements are pending. I will post them as soon as I receive them.

Cards can be mailed to:

20 Bermudez Trace
Siparia Trinidad, West Indies

2010 Southern Nevada Police Memorial

Friday, May 14, 2010

22nd Annual Candlelight Vigil (Washington D.C.)






May 13, 2010 at 8pm hundreds of law enforcement officers, their friends, families and loved ones filled the grounds of the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial to honor fallen officers. The walls of the memorial were loving decorated by those who care for the fallen officers. These officers willing served and faithfully gave their lives in service to their fellow human beings. They stood on the Thin Blue Line that protects our citizen from total chaos. The thin line of men and women standing in the gap for law and order. A line when defended may end in the loss of blood, sweat, physical health or ultimately the lives of those who man it. Hundreds of thousand take up the shield of defense worldwide to protect their communtiy and serve those who sleep soundly at night knowing we, the law enforcers of the world, have the watch.

At the end of their watch, when a law enforcement officer pays the ultimate price the surviving law enforcers surround them, safely removes them, and sees them soundly to their final place of rest. They embrace their families and loved ones and ensure the families their fallen hero will never be forgotten. The Police family is a tight knit family that cares for the loved ones left behind.

Last night as we watched a candle be lit which lit another candle and that lit yet another candle, many looked into the eyes of the person next to them, the person that willing shared the light with them and smiled. A smile of hope. A smile of promise. A smile of remembrance. A smile that said, "You are not alone". It was powerful.

The true light was shared and lit up the venue surrounding the thin blue light that shot out from the stage into infinity. For the protectors of world are everywhere.

This morning President Obama recognized the Top Cops in the US. Today I say congratulations to each and everyone of them. I also commend the many men and women who attended Police Week this year. They came from around the world to join in our celebration of the lives of these heroes. Since I have been here I have met attendees from all over the world, Canadian, British and Scottish officers. Police Week is well worth the journey to enjoy the fellowship with other Protectors of order. If you ever have the opportunity it is worth the endeavor.

Stay Safe out there.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Police Memorial


Under a cloud filled sky with rain drenched tributes to mounting fallen law enforcement officers, under umbrellas and rain ponchos HOPE and healing begins as it's shared amongst the family, friends and loved ones of the heroes we honor this week.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

2010 National Police Week


The week of May 9-15, 2010 is the the week the United States sets aside nationally to honor the previous year's law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

This year my agency, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, sadly will place four officers on the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Wall.

Lessons learned while being DELAYED in South Africa


Who would have know that a natural disaster would have grounded flights and left millions displaced in countries that were not their own. A vacation turns into an episode of survivor combined with the Amazing Race as traveler work at rebooking their travel to get them home BY ANY MODE OF TRANSPORTATION available.

The South African Experience


This spot reserved for the story of my April trip to South Africa for the IAWP Spring Board Meeting.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Journey to South Africa via London





On April 8, 2010 I began my journey to Paarl South Africa for the Spring Board Meeting of the International Association Of Women Police. The Board meetings were scheduled for Aril 13 and 14, 2010. I started my journey early because I knew it would take nearly two days to get from Las Vegas to Cape Town, South Africa and because I decided to take the opportunity to visit my friend Grace who is a member of IAWP that lives in London. I love visiting friend I have met through the IAWP. This is my second time visiting Grace and her family in London . Grace visited me in Las Vegas after last year’s Seattle conference.

I looked forward to the home cooked meals Grace and her sister Gloria love to prepare, not being much of a cook myself. (Grace and I ate out a lot when she visited me. Except when my mom cooked) . The hospitality was second to none. Grace, Gloria and her brother Patrick met me at London Heathrow when I arrived. I was to initially stay just 12 hours on a layover in London, I ended up there for three days (due to some flight departure issues).

So I spent the weekend in London with Grace and her family. While in London we had a great time. I realized I did not pack my toiletries in my suitcase (I wondered why the suitcase closed so easily and was so light). One of our adventures was to assembly my toiletries. That entailed shopping. Which took us to the famous Harrod’s (not for my sundries ,mostly for souvenirs) . Harrod’s is a must see for me when travelling through London. We went to Elephant and Castle, Trafalgar Square and Picadilly Circus and even played in her local park. Another adventure consisted of my craving for American style pancakes. We search and search until we found the “My Old Dutch Pancake house” . That was cool because I was on my way to South Africa which has many people of Dutch decent. I had a great weekend with Grace. Thank you Grace and family. I had a wonderful time.

Sunday evening April 11, 2010 I boarded a plane to South Africa which would get me into Cape Town at 10 am the next morning. I love to travel on overnight flights especially if it going to be more than an eight hour flight. You go to sleep and wake up in another city ready for another day and you do not feel like you’ve lost any time.

RIP NYE County Nevada Deputy Ian Deutch

The funeral for the Nye County Deputy who was shot to death was held today in Las Vegas. Deputy Ian Deutch received full departmental honors.

Deutch was 27-years-old when he was killed in the parking lot of a Pahrump,Nevada casino Monday April 26, 2010 as he answered a domestic violence call.

Duetch's funeral took place at the Canyon Ridge Church located at 6200 W. Lone Mountain Road in Las Vegas.

Please pray for his wife, stepson and daughter along with his extended family, friend, and co-workers.

Today begins the month of Police week, the time when our nation remembers the officers we have lost in the line of duty and celebrate their lives and contributions to their families, community, and the nation.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Your Choice


Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy. We, global citizens of the world, have been empowered to make a difference in the world, in our worlds, and in the life of others. Let us remember the power of life and death is in our hands and in our tongues. We can encourage or discourage. We can promote or persecute. Whatever we do, it’s a choice. Choose life.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

A Spring time adventure

Over the pond, two hops Infact to journey to the appointed place for organizational business. Safe travels and good health to all. Be Safe.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Spring, a call to action

Whether you are celebrating Passover, Easter or Spring Break remember to live by action words. Live Big, Laugh Often. Hug Tightly. Smile Big. Give generously; your love, your time, your joy. Share your life. Call a loved one; parent, sibling, old friend, long distance relative. Reconnect with others and yourself. Build up your soul and spirit. Spend time in tune through prayer. Read your spiitual book. Tap into the love of your higher power. Long quiet scenic
walks, hikes and drives can help you center yourself so you can focus on being the best you can be.

By truly experiencing the process of Spring Break (Renewal) you'll move on into the year focused, relaxed, and energized to make 2010 the best year it can be. It's all up to you.

God bless you along your journey.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Greetings IAWP Life Members

Hello, This is a special shout out (acknowledgment) of the women and men who have shown their great support of the IAWP by joining as a member for their lifetime. Thank you. Your membership, messages, phone calls and emails are greatly appreciated. I am praying for you. I pray blessings over you, your families and your loved ones.

Recently I was so encouraged by a phone conversation with a life member who gets the magazine yet due to retirement and family issues has not attended a conference since 1998. I invited her along with other life members to join us in Minneapolis this year.

You are missed. Your years of experience in IAWP and law enforcement are very inspirational to me and I know they will be to our current and new members.

Contact me. Share your stories of your career and/or what you are up to in retirement. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your service and for your Lifetime Membership.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Street Survival for Women Seminar 2010


IAWP Regional Coordinator Diane Mueller, Minnesota 2010 Conference Committee and IAWP members Joann Springer, Marcie Wacker and I are promoting the IAWP at the Street Survival Seminar in Las Vegas.

Congratulations to Sergeant Joann Springer



Congratulations go out to Ramsey County Sheriff's Sergeant Joann Springer, who is celebrating her 30th year in law enforcement. Joann is a member of the IAWP 2010 Minneapolis, Minnesota Conference Committee and is currently attending the Las Vegas Street Survival for Women Seminar to help promote the IAWP to the 230 plus male and female officers in attendance. Thank you for your help Joann and Congratulations.

Congratulations to Washoe County, Nevada Deputy Sita Singh


Sita is celebrating her 25th year in law enforcement. Congratulations. IAWP member Sita Singh is pictured here during a memorial ceremony. Sita as part of her department's Honor Guard has traveled to many funerals for officer who die in the line of duty. In November she attended the Seattle area funerals of the four Lakewood officers killed in the line of duty. She has a true heart for the honor and respect involved in the memorial services for fallen officers. Thank you for your service.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The greatest gift, You, Happy, Present

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk to you and sat in silence while you watched television?

Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained.

We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet.

We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids through college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of:

"I'm going to ..."
"I plan on ..."
and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit..."

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to......not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make,

who would you call?
what would you say?
And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butter fly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask " How are you?" Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head?
Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die?

Call your friends just to say 'Hi?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift.....Thrown away.....
Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.


"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"



Remember friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.



(This was shared with me via an email forward from IAWP member Michelle Simon of Bermuda. Thanks Michelle.)

Let's not forget to take time to enjoy the life we have, the friends we have made and the family we are blessed with. Have a great day.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

NY State Trooper Jill Mattice

The first female New York (NY) State Trooper dies in the line of duty.

Trooper Jill Mattice (31 year old) was pronounced dead at the scene of a car crash in Otsego County.

State Police report Mattice was traveling eastbound on Route 23 in her patrol car when she collided head on with a tractor trailer headed westbound. Mattice was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was a 6 and a half year veteran of the New York State Police force.

NY State Police are holding a press conference at 1:30pm Thursday.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Are you living your dream?

The third Monday in January has been dubbed Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day in most states throughout the United States. It celebrates the life of slain Civil Rights Leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Dr King recited a speech titled "I have a dream" His dream was of unity, equality and equal access. He encouraged hard work and service. He instilled the need to help your fellow man. Dr. King set a great example of service and died while fulfilling his mission. So I ask again, "Are you living your dream?"

People perish for lack of vision. Not having dreams and goals for your life and how your life can be a legacy you can leave to your family, children and fellow man may be something you want to reflect upon in this first month of a new decade.

The recent Haitian crisis has opened many peoples eyes as to the need to care about your neighbor. Though Haiti is not close to many of us, through the internet and the news it is next door. It is down the street because it is in our living room.

If you have not been able to help out the Haitian Situation, know there is something that carries no cost but your time you can do. You can pray or light a candle or whatever your custom calls you to do when you know of people in great need. Your local national aid agency may also provide a way for you to donate to the cause.

In the US the National Red Cross has set up a quick and easy way for you to donate to the Haitian crisis. You can use your mobile (cell) phone, text 90999 with the message "Haiti" and in a few minutes you will be informed you have donated $10 to the Red Cross for Haiti. I believe they learned this technique from the success of people calling into the televised reality talent competition and voting for their favorite talent. You often heard of multiple millions of people texting in for the contestants. I pray a million will choose to text the Red Cross too. We can still see daily on television how much the aid is needed over there.

Those who are so inclined please keep the survivors, families of the victims lost, the aid workers, the military and the local law enforcement in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti

Please pray for the families of the fallen victims of the Earthquake in Haiti. Also pray for the survivors and their families as they grieve their losses and prepare to rebuild their lives after this horrible natural disaster.

Monday, January 11, 2010

011110

011110 Let's explore the significance of zeroes and ones.

011010

01/10/10 As I write the numbers for the dates of 2010 I realize the number look like old style computer binary code.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The First Day of the First Week

The first day of the first week of 2010 began with tragedy. On Monday January 4, 2010 at approximately 0800 hours a lone gunman entered the Las Vegas Federal Court Building and fired upon court security officers and Marshals. The shootout that ensued resulted in the death of Special Deputy Marshal (and retired Las Vegas Metro Police Department Sergeant) Stanley Cooper. Another Marshal was also injured and is currently recovering from his wounds. Please pray for the family, friends and colleagues of Special Deputy Marshal Stanley Cooper and for a speedy recovery of the surviving Marshal.

In the early morning hours today Utah lost a female officer in the line of duty. Millard County Sheriff's Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox. Josie leaves behind a husband and two children. She died as a result of a gunshot wound she received during a car stop. Please pray for Josie's family, friends and colleagues.

For further details please check out the Officer Down Memorial Page www.odmp.org.

In these days of increased attacks on law enforcement officers I encourage us all to be ever vigilant. Our uniforms stand for order and we stand out in our society. Unforetunately sometimes as targets. We must always remember how important it is to stay alert. I will be praying for each and every one of you.

I pray for a hedge of protection around us. I pray for wisdom and insight. If something does not look right or feel right listen to your instincts. Go slow, call and wait for back up and go in on the offense. Prepared to act. We all want to go home to our loved ones every night.

Stay Safe.

2010

We are five days into the second decade of the 21st century. How is your world? Has anything changed? If not, what do you need to address to affect a change for the better in your life? Take a few hours alone and reflect on what you truly want to accomplish in this world.

2010 is your year. Look into your heart and see what it is you want to accomplish this year. Then head positively towards your goals. Do not let naysayers have a place in your plans. Just "Do it". If it is to be, it is up to you. You are your biggest road block. I look forward to hearing your good reports. Have a Blessed New Year.