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.

A great day of training

I had the opportunity to begin my day learning about the effects of Human Traficking in Bangladesh which was explained by MST Shahala Pervin. I then enjoyed The Leadership Legacy Class taught by Chief Ronnie Bastin (long time IAWP member and Chief of The Lexington (Kentucky) Division of Police). Jennifer Thacker former president of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)taught a class on The Traumas of Law Enforcement Deaths and Retired Chief (and published author) Edward L. Mercer explained how to write your book in his class "So you want to write a book."

The Lexington Conference Committee has put together very informative training.

Monday, August 22, 2011

St. John's Hospitality Night

The IAWP 2012 St. John Newfoundland Hospitality Night was held at The Penguin Dueling Piano Bar in Lexington Kentucky. There was plenty of food and entertainment provided. It was a great sampling of what to expect in Canada next year.

Lexington, Kentucky Opening Ceremony

After The Parade of Nations we attended Opening Ceremony at The Lexington Opera House. The ceremony was followed by Award Winners and Region photos. I said the Invocaton blessing the conference and the attendees. We also prayed for those who were unable to attend and for our fallen Women Warriors.

Please keep Diane Mueller and Phyllis Nolan in your prayers.

Lexington, Kentucky Opening Parade

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Conference Planning at it's finest

The second day of the meeting your Board worked on strategic planning.

The objectives of the IAWP Strategic Planning Committee are to:
1) ensure the plan is successfully implemented by:
a) ensuring the plan is communicated to IAWP members, creating excitement about opportunities to
b) working with the IAWP Board of Directors, our management team, to develop the 2010-2011 portion of
the strategic plan
c) managing the process for the development and implementation of IAWP 2010-2011 Work Plans which
support the overall strategic plan.
2) create a system for continued high performance through the development of an annual cycle which includes
accountability for activities, plan review/revision, and inclusion of all members demonstrating interest and
competence, including:
a) a reporting out process, taking into account the key success measures
b) aligning the Strategic Plan’s financial requirements to the budget cycle of the IAWP
c) developing an organizational Strategic Planning network throughout the IAWP

The meeting was very productive.