Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

As the sun is setting on this eve of Christmas and we have finished our running and shopping to settle in at home with loved ones, we begin to reflect on our own traditions and the reason for the season. Many celebrate the namesake of Christmas Christ and envision the Christ child born as savior to the world. They picture His mother Mary, earthly father Joseph and the wise men coming to behold Him. It is said wise men still seek Him 2000 years later.

The full picture we have there in what is often called the Nativity Scene is family and friends gathered together. Time with our family and friends and reflecting on the blessings we have in our lives is very important. I was recently in London and went to a Christmas Performance. I remember the Gospel Music Leader saying that we should not focus on the recession or the fact we could not go out and buy our families lavish gifts and prepare big meals. He said we must remember to reflect on the love we have within our family and what we actually have now.

So often we chase after more, bigger and better; flash and glitter. This all will pass away. It is temporary. Next season it is old and out of date. We need to focus on those loved ones that have been placed in our lives. They are there for a reason and they never go out of date.

I could not tell you the different presents I got each year for Christmas (though I do remember my parents loved us and spoiled us, we did not want for anything). The thing that stood out to me then and now was that we were always together as a family for Christmas. We would watch Godzilla Movies and tell jokes and laugh. We always had a good time just being together. It was not about the presents (whether someone brought one or not) it was about the presence of that person at the family gathering.
We cannot pick our family and trust me I know there are no perfect families. What I do know is it is up to us how we treat and interact with our family members. I encourage you to pick up the phone and reach out to your loved ones (especially the ones who do not live in the same city as you). Make your presence (either physically or over the phone) your present to those you hold most dear.

Please also keep our military service members, your local police departments and the victims of the natural disasters and losses that have occurred this year in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season. When you say your Grace over your Christmas meal take a moment to say a word for them.

I also promised I would provide some names of organizations providing relief efforts to the affected region for those of you who wanted to aid the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. Here is what I have so far:

World Vision international

World Food Programme


Save the Children

Have a Merry Christmas.
Keep warm and stay safe.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Urgent Call for Prayers for the Philipines

Recently areas of the Philipines were hit by a typhoon leaving many dead, injured and sick. Surviving family members are grieving their lost loved ones, homes and posessions. The frontline first responders are working overtime to ensure the stability and safety of the affected people and areas leaving their own loved ones to care for themselves in their absence.

I am asking you all to be praying for everyone affected by this natural disaster. The IAWP has many members from this region. I want them to know we are praying for them and that we are here to help them if they need it.

My local law enforcement prayer group has been praying for the survivors, the families of the lost, the medical and rescue personnel and the law enforcer.

I will keep you posted on the best way you can help the survivors. Check back to my blog in a few hours and I will have resource information.

Stay Safe.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Insearch of Holiday Lights Around the world

"Happy Christmas" I heard one person say to another as I boarded a bus at King's Crossing. "Happy Christmas to you." they replied. I thought "Hummm, Isn't it Happy Holidays OR Merry Chistmas" The unique turn of phrase is always of interest to me. I have to remember I am going to the toilet or the loo here not the rest room or the bath room. Language and the use of phrases are very interesting.

I also asked "Where are the Holiday decorations?" On my train ride from Heathrow to London Center I only counted two houses (which I could see into the windows of from the window of the train) that had decorated Christmas trees. I did not see any candles or multi-color light. By this time in most US cities neighborhoods would be brightly lit with holiday decorations.

So my mission while here is to find the Christmas trees and holiday lights Of London.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Something in the mailbox

Too often we head to the mailbox only to discover numerous letters from our old friend BILL, the bill for power, the bill for heating, the bill for water, bills arrive nearly everyday.

Let's over shadow bill with GREETING CARDS. Let's be the start of bringing back a holiday trend. Let's send out Holiday Greeting Cards; Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, New Years... Let's do it.

Let's make the trip to the post drop an enjoyable experience. Send a card stimulating a smile. One cannot help but smile when they receive a friendly greeting in the mail.

Years ago by this time of December most people had mailed off 30-50 greeting cards to family and friends around the country and world. They might include a year in review sheet telling what the family had done during the year and/or a family photo.

Join me. Bring back the joy of heading to the mailbox. Encourage The Smile In The
Box. Send your friends and family Holiday Greeting Cards.

I will be checking my box daily for smiles:

7500 W Lake Mead #440
Las Vegas, NV 89128

I will report back how many smiles I GIVE and receive this year.

Have a great time sending a smile.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old fellow who always prayed, 'Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side.' After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently.

He answered, 'Well sir, you see, it's like this.... I got an old barn out back. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of weather; it's gone through a lot of storms, and it's stood for many years.

It's still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit.

So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn't fall.

Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn.. I've been around a long time.

I've withstood a lot of life's storms.. I've withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I've withstood a lot of hard times, and I'm still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, 'cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times.

Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn't. So we need to pray, 'Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.'

(This was forwarded to me by an IAWP member. I am sharing it. If you have an uplifting or inspiring poem, story to share please email I to me.)

Happy Holidays

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Weekend of Thanksgiving

In the US this past Thursday was a national day off. Banks, schools and most businesses were closed giving their employees time to spend with their families. A season of counting blessings and a time of giving thanks.

Most people plan activities with family and friends. It is designed to give people a day for quality time. Relationships outside of employment are still the most key relationships in most people's lives. Though some people choose to place their jobs as priority over family, friends and outside relationships.

Your family and friends were there for you before you became a cop, correction's officer, sergeant, captain, special agent. They were there when you got your first sport's award. Wrote you first essay. Broke up with your first love interest. Graduated High School, College, and your training academy.

They still ask you over for meals with the family, to spend time with them and their children or to travel for a vacation break.

They know you, the real you and still love you.

On this weekend of Thanksgiving I hope you are spening time with the most imporant people in your life. In the end they are the ones that will miss you when there are no more dinners you can attend.

Our lives are brief, even if they last 100 years. We must be thankful of the time we have and good stewards of the time we have. Investing time with your friends and family cannot be replaced, no value can be place on your presence. For those who love you it is priceless.

Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Happy Veterans Day 2011

Today is the last binary number day of this century. This date's number when written in the most popular form of recording the date reads like a computer communication 111111.

The 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of the 21st century. Make it a memorable day.

On this day in the United States many cities celebrate with parades to honor the veteran of military service. Less than one percent of the US population have or are serving their country as a service member. It is my honor to say I am one of them. I served in the US Army.

To my fellow veterans and currently serving members thank you. Thank you for choosing to protect the freedoms the people of our county enjoy many times without realizing the sacrifices our troops endure.

Over 5,000 service members have lost their lives and over 10,000 have been wounded since 2003 in military engagements.

So today, if you are in the US treat your service member family and/or friend to the Free offerings available to thank them for their service.

Olive Garden, Applebee's, Chilli, TGIFridays and Krispy Kreme donuts is offering a free meal for veterans. In Las Vegas the Stations Casinos are giving free buffet meals to Veterans.

Lord I pray that today service members from around the world feel your presence and appreciation for their choice to serve their fellow man and for those whose families are left behind because they paid the ultimate sacrifice in service, bring them peace today. Amen.

Have a safe day.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Happy Retirement Inspector Matthews

San Francisco Police Department Inspector (and IAWP Region 10 Coordinator) Robin Matthews retired on October 15, 2011. A party was held at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf to honor Robin, her career and her far reaching influence on Saturday November 5, 2011. Many people local and from all over the United States and the world (IAWP members) joined Robin and her life partner Lynette Hogue to reflect on here life and celebrate 29 year of service.

Congratulations Robin. Enjoy the next Chapter of your life. I pray safe journeys and exciting adventures for you and Lynette as you begin to explore the US and the world. I will be following you on Facebook.

Monday, October 31, 2011

The C word

In recent months I have learned more than I wanted to about and unfortunate illness, Cancer.

The C Word.

Breast, Prostate, Lung, Bone. Sadly this attacker dwells among us and is inhabiting our friends and loved ones.

I pray often with friends and family members who get the news after discoveries of lumps, P.E.T. Scans, Biopsies, Chemotherapy, Radiations... the list of procedures go on and on.

The great thing about IAWP is that no one has to go through the journey and treatment alone. You have your friends and collegues at IAWP here. We are available to talk to you, pray with you and share survivor stories. There are many stories of cancer survival within the membership of IAWP.

Facebook has been a Godsend the many of the members. We become Facebook friends with one another and post our joys, daily activities and other issues (such as our own illnesses or family members). People request positive thought, good energy and prayer for their ailing loved ones or themselves.

You can find me on Facebook at Chaplain Dow.

There is also a weekly Prayer Team that meets to exclusively pray for Law Enforcement and specific request from Law Enforcement Officers.

You are not alone. Do not choose to quietly walk your life journey. Share your burden with others. You never know how much your journey can serve to encourage anoher person or maybe you will find other survivor's story an encouragement to you.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Donna C. Hillier Wright

It is with great sadness I announce the passing of IAWP member (and former IAWP Board member) Donna Wright.

Donna C. Hillier Wright's Memorial Service will be held on
Saturday September 24, 2011 from 10AM-2PM CDT at
Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home, 4404 S. Cameron Avenue, Hammond IN 46327

Please keep Donna's husband Donnie, family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

If you would like to add your words of comfort and condolences to Donna's friends and family for the memorial section I have sent up for her on the IAWP's Chaplain Corner, please email me at I am also seeking photos for that memorial page. Thank you.

The following condolences were posted on Facebook.

Her friendship, her smile, her hugs, her encouragement and most importantly her love for and faith in God. Donna you are a shining light that now lights up heaven. You lived fully and loved heartily. You were a great blessing in my life. I will miss your wisdom and cooking tips. Thank you for being my friend.

Tamia Dow

Rest in peace my dear friend. Your laughter and spirit will forever be a part of my life. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and those of us with heavy hearts.

Glenda Baker

I will miss you my friend - all those funny, humorus things we did on the board of the IAWP. Now shine down on all of us and show us the way to be Warrior Women.

Jan Taylor

Rest in peace my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I will forever remember the peas you so graciously brought back from your dinner in Leeds to give to the patrons of the bar for a snack. Thanks for the laughs and I know that your making them laugh in heaven.

Michelle Brettin

I am at a loss for so many others have said, Donna was a force of nature, kind, funny, loving with a heart big enough for all. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

Janet Wilson

Donna, I will miss you my friend! You brought so much humor and love with you when we got together for IAWP conferences. Our post conference vacation in Australia was a blast. I will never forget you my friend!

Lynette Hogue

I am very sad with the loss of Donna. She was a witty, sweet, entertaining woman who did not take crap from anyone! She is at peace now with the lord!

Kim Covert

Wow...I am blown away. Just learned that an amazing lady and one heck of a cop lost her battle with cancer... Donna C. Hillier Wright....god bless you and your family!! Thank you for being in my life and giving me so many laughs during the IAWP conferences!!

Martha Carbana

I loved seeing Donna at the IAWP conference she was a true Warrior. Donna family is in my prayers.

Linda Law

My deepest sympathy to the Hillier Wright family. Donna was a wonderful, loving, funny, joyous woman who many called friend.

Gail Cronquist

Rest in peace, Donna---you left this world a better place by being here--will always remember Olympics 2002.

Lynn Cronquist

"There's another angel singing in Heaven. We will miss her lovely voice and her Big Laugh".

Diane Mueller

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shelley Kay Vorce

On September 5, 2011 Shelley Kay Vorce (Born March 9, 1963) passed away peacefully yet unexpectedly. Too soon. We held her memorial service this pass Wednesday September 14, 2011 at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Her life was a life well lived. (She is pictured in the Brown sweater here). She went to college, got her dream job as a news reporter, travelled the world, met the man of her dreams (Police Officer Rick Vorce) and was working a job she loved with people she loved when her life ended.

I had the opportunity to work with Shelley and to call her friend. She was a bright light and always had a smile when I saw her. She worked with me earlier this year to put together a few Public Service Announcement s(PSA) to increase awareness to the resources available for victims of Domestic Violence. She and her partner Don Bell did a great job and I know her efforts will impact and possibly save many lives.

When people are educated and take action on their knowledge we cannot measure what might have been we can only measure what happens. As more people are picking up the phone and calling for help and/or leaving violent situations, we are saving lives. Shelley helped LVMPD’s Domestic Violence Detail get that word out. “Stop the Violence. Don’t Be Silent”.

Her Obituary Program read:

“Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free. I’m following the path God has laid you see. I took His hand when I heard His call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work, or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found peace at the close of day. If my parting has left a void then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Oh yes, these things too, I will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my times seemed all too brief. Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee…God wanted me now. He set me free.”

Please keep Shelley’s husband, family, friends and colleagues in your prayers as they adjust to life without Shelley.

Stay Safe.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Nevada's 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

On 9/11/2011 at 1111 am a memorial service for the Fallen victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was held at the Southern Nevada's Police Memorial Park locate in the Northwest area of Las Vegas. Mayor Carolyn Goodman, three Fire Chiefs and Sheriff Doug Gillespie spoke during the ceremony.

This Poem was posted on the agenda:

Unknown Partners

Brothers and sisters I've never known,
Best friends whose face I've never been shown,

You stood as one and died that day,
And now to each of you I say,

Goodbye my brother, partner and friend,
You did your job until the end,

And through your face I've never been shown,
Your courage I have always known

A brotherhood we've always shared,
For all mankind we've always cared

To see your face I'll have to wait,
Until we meet at heaven's gate.

(Unknown author)

Friday, September 09, 2011

The Passing of Sgt Gwen Parrish

Sadly I announce the death of Sergeant Gwendolyn Parrish of Baltimore County's Records Management Section. Sergeant Parrish was a Life Member of the IAWP. Sergeant Parrish died suddenly on Friday, September 2, 2011. Viewing and Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Viewing: Friday, September 9, 2011
4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home
8728 Liberty Road
Randallstown, MD 21133-4761
(410) 655-0015

Funeral: Saturday, September 10, 2011
10:00 a.m.
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen Church
5200 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210-2098
(410) 464-3056

Internment: King Memorial Park
8710 Dogwood Road
Windsor Mill, MD 21244-1003
(410) 944-3056

Please keep the family, friends and colleagues of Gwen in your thoughts and prayers. If you have photos of Gwen please forward them to me for posting on the Blog and also to our Women Police Magazine Editor Simon Townsley for inclusion in the next issue of the magazine.

Stay Safe.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Women Police Conference in Curacao

IAWP's own Casandra Martha and her team, the women of Fundashon Muhe Uniforma, Arma (MAU) are hosting a Police Training Conference to celebrate 40 years of women in policing in Curacao.

The Conference is being held September 5-8 2011.

There are 65 delegates. Women and men from the Netherlands, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Eustaius and the US make up the attendees.

The Conference began with a uniformed march across Queen Emma Bridge (known as the Swinging Old Lady)to the Council of Ministers and the group was greeted by the Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte.

Followed by a return to the Renaissance Curacao Resort for the beginning of four days of training.

The training offered is in the areas of policing, non-governmental organization (NGO) management, and leadership. Attendees come from many disciplines such as immigration officers, police officers, prison/correction officers and ciilian NGO personnel.

Come back often for an update on the Conference's activities.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Blessing of Volunteers

These are pictures of the volunteers that helped to make our stay in beautiful Lexington a very pleasant experience. It starts with a smile.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy Labor Day

On this Labor Day (celebrated today in the United States) I hope you are enjoying a vacation day and a nice rest. I have received many request for a few photos of our most sought after Volunteer Coordinator. The IAWP Kentucky Conference's very own Donell, a man who would give you the shirt off his back and actually did give me the pink shirt he is wearing in the photos. Thank you for all your hard work. You and your team of volunteers did a great job.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Best In Show - Hat On Ladies

The Delegates of the IAWP had the conference send off at "The Finish Line". The dinner was held at The Kentucky Horse Park. There was a Derby Hat contest. There were many hats to be enjoyed. The ladies were crafty in their designs. Enjoy the photos.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lexington Awards Ceremony and AGM

The Award Ceremony recognized eight officers and was followed by the Annual General Meeting.

Recognized this afternoon during our banquet ceremony:

Officer of the Year - Chief Diane M. Sorantino, Cape May Plice Department, Cape May, New Jersery USA

Mary Jo Blahowski Leadership Award - Detective Constable Shari MacKay, Toronto Police Service, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Excellence in Performance Award - Allison (Ally) Jacobs and Police Specialist Lisa Campbell, University of California Police Department, Berkeley, California, USA

Mentoring Award - Inspector Nicky Flower, South Wales Police, Bridgend, Wales, UK

Community Service Award - Constable Thora Isabel Shepherd, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Trinidad and Tobago

Civilian Achievement Award - Nancy Speck, Niagara Regional Police Sevice, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada

Medal of Valor - Police Constables Catherine Morgan, Kate Peplow, Diana Shaw, West Midlands Police. Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

Medal of Valor (Posthumously) - Officer Jillian Michelle Smith, Arlington Texas Police Department, Arlington Texas, USA

A table was set up with our memorial candle in honor of Arlington Texas Officer Jillian Michelle Smith. Jillian wanted to be a police officer since she was very young. She was on the job 10 months when she gave her 28 year old life to save an 11 year old girl who father murder his wife and himself during a Domestic Violence situation. Jillian was in the home taking a DV report when the suspect (the husband in this case) returned and begin shooting at his daughter. Jillian used her own body to shield the child and was shot several times resulting in Officer Jillian Smith's death. The husband went on to shot his wife and himself. The daughter survived. God bless that child. She was saved for a reason. I pray her life will be spent helping others and living out the opportunity Jillian's sacrifice provided for her.

Rest in Peace brave warrior. We have your watch.

These women inspire us all.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lexington Law Enforcement Memorial

Tonight a few of us went to the local Law Enforcement and Firefighter Memorial after visiting the Law Enforcement Museum. The history I unvielled tonight really opened my eyes. The very location we held our evening activity used to be an area used to buy and sell slaves. Tonight it had people of diverse origin from many nations sitting in its midst enjoying music and fellowship.