Sunday, September 30, 2012

National Police Memorial Day

We started our 2012 IAWP conference (held in St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador 9 -13 September ) with a memorial observance honoring the officers that died in the line of duty since we held our last conference in Lexington, Kentucky August 2011. The names of twenty-four female officers were read. A candle was lit to symbolize all the Fallen Officers. The candle remained lit throughout the conference and was present at every major gathering of the delegates. The candle symbolizes the light of each member of law enforcement lost; for the souls who lost their lives in the line of duty. For the women and men whose lives were taken "In service" to their towns, country, the world and most honorably their fellow human. Since our conference ended we have lost four woman warriors in the line of duty. Police Constable Katia Hadouchi ( Quebec Provincial Police. Quebec, Canada) Police Constable Fiona Bone (Greater Manchester Police, Manchester United Kingdom) Police Constable Nicola Hughes (Greater Manchester Police, Manchester United Kingdom) And Correction Sergeant Mary Ricard (Colorado Department of Corrections, United States) They will be greatly missed. The men and women of the IAWP send out prayers and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of these wonderful ladies. September 30, 2012 in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom a day of remembrance is taking place. They will be remembering, recognizing and honoring their fallen law enforcement heroes. Please join me in praying for all the loved ones these officers leave behind. I pray for peace and comfort for the survivors. Know today women and men worldwide are thinking of you and your hero on this day of remembrance. Most importantly to all currently serving Officers, Please Stay Alert. Stay Safe and focus on coming home thankfully to your loved ones at the end of your watch (duty day). I ask for blessing over all who are serving and have served in law enforcement throughout the world. We honor you and the fallen today.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

IAWP Awards Luncheon

Here at the 50th Annual IAWP Conference St Johns, Newfoundland Labrador is housing over 700 delegates from 54 countries. We have weathered the storm literarally. Tropical Storm Leslie threatened hurricane force winds yet thankfully only caused a two hour power outage in the middle of our awards ceremony day. The 2012 Conference committee had contingencies in place and the conference seemlessly flowed on with a fabulous ceremony and classes conducted by torch light. We gave thanks through prayer and honored our fallen colleagues who died in the line of duty since we last met.
I had the honor of sitting with fellow Ontario Woman in Law Enforcement (OWLE) members and IAWP award winners Constables Nicole-Anne Bailey (Toronto Police Service, Canada) and Geraldine "Geri" Defoe (Halton Regional Police Service, Canada). Nicole was awarded the IAWP Mentoring Award and Geri was awarded the Excellence in Performance Award.
Congratulations to all of our award winners.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Canandian Hospitality

Members of the IAWP were welcomed to the 50th Annual Training Conference being held in St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador over the past few days. Opening ceremony was conducted yesterday at the The Grower Street United Church. The venue was blessed by First Nation member Angela Christmas with a prayer and recognition of the officers that have had their lives taken in the line of duty since we last assembled. Featured speakers included the Premier of Newfoundland The Honorable Kathy Dunderdale, City of St. Johns Mayor Dennis O'Keefe, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Chief Robert Johnston, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commanding Officer Tracy Hardy, Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement President Paula Raymond and President Jane Townsley. Opening ceremony was followed by a Parade of Nations where uniformed officers from around the world marched through the crowd filled streets of St. Johns greeted by applause, cheers and well-wishes.

Friday, September 07, 2012

IAWP Board Members meeting

The Board of IAWP is in the first of their two day Board meetings. The members have travelled from around the world to St. Johns to handle the business of the International Association of Women Police.

The BOD meet with Lieutenant Governor Crosbie

Many members of the IAWP Board attended a reception hosted by Lieutenant Governor & Mrs. Crosbie held at The Government House for St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Lt. Governor welcomed us to St. Johns and spoke very highly of the role of women as leaders and people of influence in all aspects of life. He recognized the accomplishment of police women and wished us a successful conference. He and his wife were very pleasant host. They were very friendly and visited with each board member showing a genuine interest in each member personal. The house and the grounds were beautiful. It was a enjoyable event.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

IAWP Board of Directors Arriving

Members of the Board were greeted by officers of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary at the airport in St Johns and transported to The Delta St. Johns Hotel and Conference Center. Our hosts, the officers and the staff of the Delta Hotel have been very accomodating. The Board will prepare for two days of Board Meetings where we will handle the business of the IAWP. For those of you still enroute to St Johns, safe Journey. See you at opening ceremonies.

Your Board of Directors are enroute

Greetings Everyone, The 50th annual International Association Of Women Police Conference is starting on Sunday September 9, 2012. The Board of Directors meeting is starting on Friday September 7, 2012 and your Board of Directors are making their way to St. John's over the next two days. We look forward to greeting everyone on Sunday at opening ceremonies and to meeting everyone throughout the week. Please feel free to contact any board member (we will be wearing name tags to enable easy recognition). I ask for traveling mercies for everyone who is coming to attend the conference. We also want to pray for those who are unable to attend whether for sickness, work or other related issues. I pray for the safety of the officers worldwide as they continue to protect and keep our neighborhoods. Safe journey. See you in St. Johns.