Friday, November 10, 2017

NOT IF BUT WHEN ...

It's best to be prepared. Ready to prevent an incident and knowing how to respond when it happens. 

We must stay ever vigilant. Remember the caliber press reminder to "stay alert stay alive".

No place is off-limits to someone who is head set on doing violence or reeking havoc. 

This past weekend was a very sad reminder of how domestic violence and social violence often go hand in hand. Two men; one in Sutherland Springs, Texas (USA) and another in Fresno, California decided to bring their anger and hatred from their homes into the public. 

Domestic Violence is about power and control. Both female halves were estranged from these violent offenders. 

They took their need to control to the streets leaving the home environment where they used to be able to exert control over their target. Their rage and anger took the lives of 28 people last weekend between the two incidents. 

Pray for the lives taken last Sunday while they were at church šŸ˜”

Please remember if it's JDLR (just doesn't look right ) Follow your intuition and teach your family and loved ones to be aware of their situation and the behavior of people around them when they're out in public and at school. 

Many areas of our world are mourning from violent senseless events. Please continue to pray for our friends and colleagues globally. 

This weekend the United States will observe our Veteran's Day. We will honor our military service member and celebrate their choice to serve. 

Thank you to all of our IAWP members who have served in their countries Armed Forces/Military. 

Canada just celebrated and throughout the world at various times of the year a day of Thankfulness is observed. 

The USA will be observing our day. We call it Thanksgiving and its on the fourth Thursday of this month. 

Thanks - Giving 

Please take some time this month to count your blessings. Write down what you are thankful for. Who are you grateful to have in your life ? 
What obstacles are you thankful you have overcome ? 

I challenge you to set aside a few minutes daily to write down five things your grateful for and five blessings in your life. 

This exercise especially if done early in the morning before you start your day can send you off with a amazing attitude and set the tone for your day. 

In honor of the Giving part - Give the gift of your presence or a phone call or letter. Give away excess you are not using to bless others. Seek to see how and what you can give, this Thanksgiving. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating it this month. 


BEREAVEMENTS

Please take a few minutes and visit our memorial section on the IAWP page where you'll find remembrances of female officers that have passed away.  This section recognizes those who have fallen in the Line Of Duty, off duty or of illnesses. 



Please keep the families, friends and colleagues of these officers in your thoughts and prayers. 

Help us keep this section current. If you look and do not see an officer you know has passed away. Please contact me with their information. 

I pray you have a safe weekend. 

Thank you.    

Tamia Dow 
IAWP Chaplain

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Who Will You Be

The Season For Masks and Costumes

Why do Americans seem to have such an obsession with Halloween ? Is it the dressing up ? Is it the parties ? Is it the candy ? 

It depends on what stage of life they are in. 

Children usually enjoy Halloween for the costumes (they can become their favorite cartoon character, ghoul or super hero for a night), fun with family and friends, trick or treating and candy. Most kids Love Candy.  

Teens usually enjoy Halloween because they can hang with friends. Most don't wear costumes unless their at friends's parties. They don't trick or treat door to door any more yet some do pranks during Halloween. Their too old for cartoon characters yet ghouls and super heroes are still regular choices. 

College/young adults look forward to the parties with their friends and tend to wear more risquĆ© costumes that show off their physiques. You see sexy dark costumes often XXX rated. 

The wearing of masks start to play more prominent at this age. 

For working Adults (this includes post-college and includes the partners and spouses of this age group ) 
They usually enjoy the parties which generally include alcohol consumption and other adult party favors. Alter ego costumes and masks do play big here. 

Why ? 

A Personal Escape from reality.  

On Halloween one can be anyone they want to be via their choice of costume/mask. 

For a night or a weekend. 

They can pretend to be anything they want to be and no one usually raises an eye. 

Why are people so eager to take a temporary escape from who they are in their own life ? 

Choose to live the life you've always dreamed of daily so that when Halloween (or other occasions ) offers the opportunity to mascarade as someone or something else you show up as Your Best You šŸ˜€

Enjoy the season šŸ‘

Tamia Dow 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Gratitude is a way of life

Gratitude is a way of life

By Tamia Dow

First thing in the morning we give thanks,

We give thanks that we've opened our eyes and can see the world.

We give thanks that we are breathing and can breathe in the fresh air.

We give thanks for our beating hearts open and available to love.

We give thanks for our healthy hands useful to be of help.

We give thanks for the day we have been given, pregnant with abundant possibilities.

And we are grateful for the blessings of our sisters and brothers in service that wake every day willing to give their life to save another.

For all these things and more we are grateful.

Thank you. 

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This is the inspirational message I delivered as we began our International Association of Women Police Board of Directors meeting on 15 September 2017 at the Boland Center in Cairns, Australia. We are looking forward to a successful meeting and an extraordinary sold out Annual Conference 17-21 September at the Cairns Convention Center. 

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
Facebook/Twitter @ChaplainDow
Email ChaplainDow@yahoo.com 

Friday, September 08, 2017

Choose optimism

With all that is going on
I feel our hearts should be focused on optimism and helping our fellow man not bitterness and hatred towards someone who doesn't look like us.

Just saying.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Through The Eyes Of Love

Through the eyes of love

By Tamia Dow

When I look,

When I see through my eyes,

I see wonderful colors,

I see happy faces,

I see smiles,

I see also frowns,

I see how people react to me,

React to who I am,

React to who God created me to be.

I am Lovely.

I am a miracle.

 I find the world fascinating.

I love people,

People of all shapes, sizes and colors.

I love the world,

I explore it.

All of the continents host beautiful fascinating people.

I love them.

They are children of God.

So why?

Why?

Why do so many see only my color?

Make their own learned assumption as to who I am, what I'm worth,
and what they choose to see of me.

Through the eyes of love there is no color,

There is no race,

There is no lesser,

There is no greater.

Through the eyes of love there is no color.

It is a weak person that needs to assign themselves as greater than another person to get their self worth.

Are you a weak person?

A strong person is colorblind when looking through the eyes of love.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bereavement Notice and Praise for US Capital Police Response

Bereavement Notice

Our sisters and brothers in the correction leg of law enforcement have suffered great violence in the past week.

Corrections Officer Shana Tedder of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice collapse and passed away after a physical altercation with an inmate.
And
Georgia Department of Corrections Officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue lost their lives in the line of duty.
A transport escape resulted in these two officers lives being violently taken by the inmates they transported.

Please say a prayer for the families, friends and colleagues of Correction Officers Shana Tedder, Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue.

Keep all our corrections brothers and sisters in your daily thoughts and prayers.
Dealing with hostile inmates in a closed environment takes great courage and poses it's own unique set of threats.

Everyone please stay #vigilant. Practice contact and cover techniques, practice strong officer safety tactics. Nothing that law enforcement officers do is "routine". Always Be Alert.

#Praise for the quick and heroic actions of the two US Capitol Police Officers that saved many lives by taking out a heavily armed gunmen who was shooting at elected officials in Virginia this morning.

#Pray for the swift and full recovery of the officers who were injured and the citizens who were wounded.

As law enforcement officers you never know when it will happen, always be prepared.

I ask for a special blessing over law enforcement #officers (LEOs) worldwide.

Terrorist attacks are becoming more bold and frequent. Too often LEOs are targeted. This message of vigilance is timely and we know through vigilance many attempts and plots have been foiled.

The challenge we have in law enforcement is we must always be on guard for the terrorist, they just need to succeed in one #action.

May LEOs be wise in stopping these acts.

Please keep the people of London, Manchester, Egypt, Afghanistan, Paris and throughout the world
in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to recover from injuries and losses from the recent acts of #terror.

Law Enforcement will not back down. We are now even more resolute in keeping the citizens we are charged to protect #safe.

Know you are well supported by all who wear the badge or the shield worldwide.

Stay Safe,

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
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Email : ChaplainDow@yahoo.com


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mid-year approaches

Mid-year is upon us. Summer for some on the globe, winter for others. What are your mid-year plans ? 

Travel
Adventure 
Writing 
Reading 
Swimming 
Fishing 
Playing 
Sporting 

What's the plan ? 

It's good to have a recreation plan. It's even more important to actually re-create. Do something that renews your soul. That feeds your spirit. The ignited your fire of creativity. Leisure activities help to do that. They also help to keep you sharp. 

Whether you do these activities alone or with family and friends DO IT. 

Pick something and Do It. 

I promise you you will appreciate the time you invested in rebuilding YOUrself through re-creation. 

Enjoy this season. 

Tamia Dow 
IAWP Chaplain 
On Twitter and Facebook @ChaplainDow 
Email : ChaplainDow@yahoo.com 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Awareness Saves Lives - Recognizing Violence in Relationships

#unforgettablemovie

I just watched the movie "Unforgettable".

I was screaming inside my head "Don't Be Silent" the whole time as I was watching this movie.

As a Domestic Violence and Stalking Awareness trainer I am going to use it as a teachable movie. There was clearly one unstable person in the entire movie that was working through the classic power and control tactics with precision.

Helpful hints in Intimate Relationships:

1. Do not keep secrets in your relationships. Past spurned lovers, violent exes and expired restraining orders are things you Should be telling your current partner about.
2.  Do not assume you know why your partner's previous relationship ended. Ask. Both of Them.  Every exe can't be crazy (though some really are and are undiagnosed )
3. If the whole family gives you creepy vibes, trust your instincts, we are rarely wrong.
4. Male and Females can be the Abusers.
5. Just because you're "not together " does not mean you're safe. You must make sure everyone is aware that the abuser is not to be near you.

Again this movie showed how an abusive relationship can affect, hurt or even kill those closes to you when you stay silent.

#StopTheViolenceDon'tBeSilent
#SayNotoDV #DomesticViolence #AwarenessSavesLives

Friday, March 31, 2017

We help The One

There is a popular story about a young child throwing starfish off of a beach into the water.  The child is enjoying a walk along the beach and notices hundreds of starfish washed up on the beach by the waves of the ocean.  The child begins quickly and eagerly picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean.  He doesn't want the starfish to die.  While he's throwing back the starfish an older man walks up near him on the beach.  He watches what the child is doing.  He looks at the child and asked, "What are you doing ?"  The child says, "I am saving the starfish " the man says, "What possible difference could you make, there's thousands of starfish washed up on this beach? "

The little boy grabs another starfish and throws it into the ocean then looks at the man and says, "It made a difference to that one. "

As law enforcement officers we are blessed with daily opportunities to make a difference for "the one".  We encounter many starfishes in the form of the citizens we serve. Let's always have that child's heart and focus wholeheartedly on making a difference to the one(s) placed in our lives.

Shine Your Light.

Tamia
IAWP Chaplain
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email : ChaplainDow@yahoo.com

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Life Live It to Its Fullest, it's your choice

I Love My Life and am so thankful for all that God has blessed me with; the people, the opportunities, the challenges, the things I have are all Gifts from God.  I will celebrate these Gifts.  I will make the most of these Gifts. I will make the most of this Life God has given me.

Today is a gift that's why it's called the present.  Be present in the present and show the Lord your gratitude for The Life He has given you.

Use your talent, skills and abilities as a gift to help others in whatever situation you find yourself in.

Choose Love in your attitude always.  Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react.  We choose our reaction.

Resist anger.  Choose grace and understanding. We know at times we need mercy and patience.

Make the choice of kindness.  This is the greatest way we can show God our appreciation for our lives.

Choose to Make it a Great day for you and for those you come into contact with.

Blessings :)

Posted on FB 2 years ago
Also covered in whole or in part in my Manifesting Book and the Faith Is Book

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tragedy on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Bereavement Notice :

Please pray for the family, friends and colleagues of Orlando Police Department Master Sergeant Debra Clayton and Orange County Sheriff's Office Deputy First Class Norman Lewis their lives were lost tragically in the line of duty while serving their communities.

Sergeant Clayton was gunned down by a fleeing Domestic Violence suspect and Deputy First Class Lewis lost his life in a motorcycle wreck during the search for that suspect.

The suspect is NOT in custody. Let's pray for the safety of all the officers pursuing this suspect. Pray for supernatural wisdom and for conscious to work on the heart of whoever is harboring him to Turn Him In To The Police.

Now please also keep all Law Enforcement Officers in your daily thoughts and prayers.

What makes these LOD death even more  is that they occurred on Florida's Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

On January 7, 2017 the Las Vegas Law Enforcement community experienced similar tragedy. We lost our first officer of the year, NLVPD Detective Chad Parque, to injuries he sustained in a LOD car accident. That day too was our Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

These tragedies are unacceptable on a normal day yet hit us deep in the gut on a day of honor.

Please everyone Stay Safe, Drive Carefully and Cover Each Other's Backs. Let's make this year a record setting year where we see the least amount of officers that lose their lives in the LOD.

Never Forget :

Master Sergeant Debra Clayton and Deputy First Class Norman Lewis and Detective Chad Parque thank you for your service. RIP.

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
@ChaplainDow