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.