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International Association
Women Police





WELCOME Members, Visitors and Supporters Worldwide!

Welcome to the website of the International Association of Women Police.  The IAWP was established in Los Angeles, California USA in 1915 by the first American policewomen as an international organization to provide professional development, mentoring, training, networking and recognition for female law enforcement officers and civilian support staff, as well as increase the numbers of women in policing. One-hundred years later, IAWP has members in more than 60 countries and continues the same traditions established by the founders.


Season of Giving: DONATE to IAWPF

The IAWP Foundation, Inc. was established in April 2002 by the International Association of Women Police Board of Directors. The IAWP Foundation, Inc. (IAWPF) was incorporated in the United States in the State of Georgia as a not for profit (501c3) corporation. The formation of the IAWPF as a charitable foundation allows tax-deductible donations for contributors in the US. IAWPF provides fundraising opportunities to support specific IAWP educational programs such as the International Scholarship Program. 

Your donation will support the future of Women in law enforcement / criminal justice around the world. You can donate conveniently online with your credit card, or download a form to mail with your check or money order.

Please make your donation today! Contact the Foundation Treasurer, Michele Lish, foundationtreasurer@iawp.org, for assistance.

Congratulations to Cindy Shain, IAWP Board

Kentucky Law Enforcement Council Chair, Sheriff Keith Cain, Shein Award Recipient Cindy Shain, and Kentucky Law Enforcement Council Executive Director, Fran Root (11-2-16)




SPI Director Cindy Shain was surprised on Wed. Nov. 2nd at the quarterly meeting of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC) by being selected as the recipient of the Shein Award for 2016. The Shein Award, named for Dr. Melvin Shein of Louisville, has been awarded annually since 1973. The recipient of the award is a person who has contributed the most to assist and promote law enforcement during the previous year. Shein made outstanding commitments and contributions to the law enforcement field in Kentucky. His conscientiousness was demonstrated when he donated to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council a plaque, which is presented annually to the person contributing the most to assist and promote law enforcement in the Commonwealth for the previous year. Each year the recipient of this award is acknowledged on the Shein Award, which is displayed in the office of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council in Richmond. Additionally, the recipient was presented with a plaque of her own.



IAWP Region 2 Coordinator, Beverly Peal, meets with an international delegation hosted by the U.S. Department of State in New York.  The discussions focused on women in policing.

The delegates and countries are:
Ms. Henriette PRAHA
Head, Control and Engagement Service
Ministry of Public Functioning and Administrative Reform

Republic of Congo
Ms. Prisca Nadege BOUNDA
Pastor and Undersecretary, Promotion of Women and Children
Evangelical Church

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Representative, Fonds pour les Femmes Congolaise (FFC)

Cote d'Ivoire
Ms. Valerie Yene David Djeneba VAI
President, Collective of Civil Society Organizations for Security and Peace

Ms. Rouguiatou CAMARA
Managing Director
Active Women for Development

Ms. Josephine EKIRU
Peacebuilding Coordinator
Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT)

Ms. Caroline MTAI
Senior Prosecution Counsel
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Ms. Sitan DIALLO
President, YERE Deme Association (Work for Oneself)

National Director of Public Safety
Public Security Directorate

Ms. Aminetou M’BARECK
NGO Manager

Ms. Fatimeta SY
Justice Clerk, Nouadhibou Court

Commissaire de Police
National Police

Ms. Jeanne Beatrice MANGA EP DIATTA
Head, Carabane Secondary School
Ministry of National Education

Communication Director
Association of Female Jurist

South Africa
Ms. Funeka Nontombi PLAATJIE-NJOBENI
Independent Clinical Social Worker and Transformational Coach

Attorney, Tribunal of Aneho

Youth Team Leader
Uganda Women’s Situation Room




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Acting NT Police Commissioner Kate Vanderlaan in 1980

Story January 31, 2016 ABC Net Australia Photo Northern Territory Police

Acting NT Police Commissioner Kate Vanderlaan was the first Policewoman motorcyclist in Australia, seen here in 1980.  Read the full article here.



When I Grow Up I Want To Be a Policewoman

From the BBC

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IAWP 2017 Cairns Australia

The IAWP 55th Annual Training Conference will be held in Cairns, Australia. Planning has started for this event! Read some history on Cairns on Wikipedia. Conference dates are September 17-21, 2017.  LMB dates are September 14-16, 2017.


IAWP 2018 Calgary Alberta Canada

Calgary Alberta Canada won the bid for the IAWP 56th Annual Training Conference in 2018. Visit the City of Calgary webpage to see what all the city offers.  NOTICE:  Registration for 2018 will be offered at 2016!  Look for the Calgary Booth.  Conference dates are August  26-30, 2018



IAWP 2019 Anchorage Alaska US

IAWP2019 Anchorage won the bid for the IAWP 57th Annual Training Conference in 2019. 



IAWP Campaigns

The IAWP is focusing on several critical issues. Read about each at their webpage link.

   STOP Human Trafficking ::Visit Webpage::

   Violence Against Women ::Visit Webpage::

   Awareness in Afghanistan ::Visit Webpage::


IAWP Resolutions

The IAWP Resolutions, For details or to recommend a Resolution to IAWP, contact Leanne Fitch, Chair IAWP Resolution Committee

IAWP Resolution #01-2013 Prevention and Intervention of Human Trafficking

IAWP Resolution #02-2013 Elimination of Violence against Women

Download IAWP Policy 33 Formal Resolution Policy


IAWP Adopted Officer Program

Under the program, an officer's membership fee is paid by an IAWP member who serves as the sponsor.  The program is open to any officer who can not afford the membership fee.  To read more, see IAWP Policy 16 and the WebPages at http://www.iawp.org/adoptofficer/adopt.htm and http://iawp.wildapricot.org/Adopted-Officer-Program/




IAWP Global Presence through 26 Regions

IAWP has 26 Regions around the globe.  Visit the webpage for IAWP Regional Coordinators and the countries in the region.  Click here for the webpage.




The IAWP Foundation

Donate to the IAWP Foundation

Our mission is to strengthen, unite and raise the capacity of women in policing internationally.  The IAWP Foundation provides funding for educational purposes under the US IRS Tax Subsection 501(c)(3).  In the U.S., donations to the IAWP Foundation are tax deductible. 


IAWP Centennial Coin

Own a piece of history!  Use this link if you are interested in an IAWP 100-year Centennial Coin. There are a few remaining from our 2015 Centennial.



IAWP Copyrights


All IAWP trademarks, logos, service marks, trade dress, slogans, copyrighted designs or other brand features (collectively "Brand Features") will be used only as explicitly licensed by the International Association of Women Police (IAWP), and only under the terms and conditions and for the purposes described if such License is issued to outside parties. 

No reproduction or duplication, in whole or in part, of any section, item, text or graphics found on this Website is authorized unless a grant of License or Copyright Permission is specifically issued in writing. The IAWP Website is copyrighted and protected in full by international law as is the material and content therein protected by the IAWP.

If there is a question on our licensing guidelines, copyrights, or, if you have a permission request, you may email the president@iawp.org or the executivedirector@iawp.org.

The IAWP Trademark is Serial Number 85106226 and the Registration Number is 3947363. 
     U.S.P.T.O. April 19, 2011.
The letters IAWP are Serial Number 85739692 and the Registration Number is 4346213.
     U.S.P.T.O. June 5, 2013.




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