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     of  Women Police

 Our mission is to strengthen, unite and raise
 the profile of women in criminal justice internationally.

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2015 Award Recipients Congratulations to the 2015 Recipients of the annual IAWP Recognition program.

2015 Heritage Award Recipient
Congratulations to the 2015 Recipient of the IAWP Heritage Award


President Atifete Jahjaga speaks at the International Association of Women Police Conference in Cardiff

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Dual IAWP Scholarship Recipients for 2015

Assistant Superintendent
Deemathi Periyapperuma
Sri Lanka Police (Life Member IAWP)


Additional Superintendent
Victoria Yengkhom
Manipur Police Department, India


Read about these two outstanding officers on the IAWP 2015 Scholarship page



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Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Celebrating 60 Years of Women in Police

The original Eleven TTPS Police Officers, 29th August 1955

     On the 29th August 1955 women police were introduced in Trinidad and Tobago.  Out of over two thousand (2000) applicants, twelve were selected for training at the Police Training College, St. James Barracks, for a period of six (6) months.  Eleven (pictured above) passed out of training after completing the course; one of the twelve returned to her substantial post from which she was seconded.   Read more on the history of women police in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.



Celebrating 60 Years of Women Police on Saturday 29 August 2015


     The TTPS will be celebrating 60 years on Saturday 29th August 2015 with great celebrations.  Several dignitaries will be in attendance; retired female officer speakers; a grand Interfaith Church Service. 

     The IAWP Region 26 Coordinator , AnnMarie Alleyne-Daly, is the most Senior Woman Police Officer and the first to be Acting Commissioner of Police.  The position is the second highest ranked officer in a service of 7000 officers.  Ann Marie’s Region covers the Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, , Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands USA).  She proudly quotes that TTPS has made considerable headway with females officers: 3 other Assistant Commissioners, 8 Senior Superintendents, 3 Superintendents, 4 Assistant Superintendents, and 12 Inspectors.  Today there are 1800 women who serve in all departments (except one) as detectives, fingerprint experts, homicide officers, cybercrime trained officers, patrol officers, guard and emergency officers.  TTPS prides itself on the tremendous strides made over the past 60 years.




Queensland Police Service (QPS) Australia Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the QPS

Queensland Police celebrate half century of women in the service; from eight in 1965 to 3,038 today!
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Photo: A line of women in policewomen's uniforms showing the evolution of the uniform on International Women's Day in 1998. (Supplied: Queensland Police Service)

Until 1931, the Queensland Police Force, as it was known at the time, was exclusively male, and while two women were then appointed as officers they were not given a uniform or any powers of arrest. It was not until 1965 that eight women were given sworn powers and joined the force as plain clothes officers. While the women had equal power and rank to male officers, it was not until September 1970 that women would receive equal pay. Today there are 3,038 female police officers in the Queensland Police Service, making up about 26 per cent of the service. 

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IAWP 2015 Welcomes Board and Participants
  • All Law Enforcement Invited to Attend. Sessions for Everyone! International Speakers and Presentations.


Sunday 23rd August 2015

Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga with IAWP 2nd Vice President Stephanie Harding

June 2015. IAWP Stephanie Harding visits with the President.  President Jahjaga is an honorary member of the International Association of Women Police.



Kenya Association of Women Police

KAWP is an Affiliate of IAWP.  Some members are pictured after a meeting held in the garden.
Photos courtesy of IAWP Region 20 Blog

The two uniforms represent the two Services that make up the National Police Service in Kenya. The white shirts are from Kenya Police Service (KPS) and the jungle represent the Administration Police \Service (APS). The difference is minimal but the integration especially with the women is amazing. The KAWP are very close and we meet regularly to discuss, share and bond. These women are all from IAWP Region 20, Terry Muttayi, IAWP Regional Coordinator. 

VINTAGE PHOTOS San Antonio Police Department  courtesy of

More than 200 women officers serve in the San Antonio Police Department today, but in 1961, there were only six.
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Sworn in as patrolwomen in graduation ceremonies, November 1974,
 from left to right: Mahala Lefteller, Joye Wells and Irene Garza
In 1961, Sgt. Mary Saunders was one of six women in the San Antonio Police Department. She handled complaints. Ruby Vollmer Mangold was born in Helotes in 1910. She worked at the San Antonio Fire Department and the police department, and she later volunteered at the Bexar County Probation Department, according to her obituary in the San Antonio Express-News. She died in 2007. Mrs. George Kirkpatrick was a switchboard operator in 1960.





The Female Met Police UK


The transformation to "Voluntary Women Patrols" in 1917

Courtesy of Leonard Bentley Flickr July 8, 2012

The Met's future Women Police had their foundation in the second scheme proposed by the National Union of Women Workers, known from 1918 as the National Council for Women. In 1914 they had been approached by Scotland Yard and asked to set up women patrols in the Metropolitan Police area, they were known as Voluntary Women Patrols (VWP). Their task was to work among the women and girls who were coming to London in increasing numbers to hang around the various army camps, parks, recruiting stations and railway terminals.

A special Women's Patrol Committee was formed by the National Union in London and within a few months more than 500 voluntary patrols had enrolled, the movement gradually spreading throughout the country and proving to be of invaluable help. The National Union of Women Patrols Committee received a subsidy of Ł400 in 1917 to carry out its patrol work in the Metropolitan area. Records show that 2,338 women were working as patrols in 92 different areas. The Union trained the women and then sent them out under their auspices or lent them to Chief Constables. Between 4,000 and 5,000 women passed through their hands.








Throughout 2015, the IAWP is focusing on several critical issues. Read about each at their webpage link.

STOP Human Trafficking

The shameful practice of human trafficking around the world knows neither borders nor gender.









Raising awareness of the challenges facing police women in Afghanistan












The IAWP Resolutions









LISTING with Contacts (RTF)

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Celebrate 100 Year Birthday of the International Association of Women Police, 1915-2015

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