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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.










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2016 IAWP Award Recipients

The Officers below were recognized during the IAWP Award Banquet for their service and dedication to duty.

Officer of the Year
Debbie Platz
Chief Superintendent
Queensland Police Service
Queensland, Australia



IAWP Leadership Award
Edith Turner
Patrol Sergeant
Winnipeg Police Service
Manitoba, Canada




Community Service
Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong
Director, Community Policing Directorate
Ghana Police Service


Community Service
Cristina Ekizabeth Ramos Bermeo
Ecuadorian National Police

Quito-Ecuador, South America



Excellence in Performance
Julie Henderson
Detective Inspector
Metropolitan Police
London, United Kingdom






Cathy Bawden

Staff Sergeant

Durham Regional Police Service

Ontario, Canada




Edlira Teferici

Albanian State Police
Tirana, Albania





Civilian Achievement
Jennifer Duncan

Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS)
Thunder Bay Ontario Canada




Medal of Valor
Stephanie Pelley
Royal Newfoundland constabulary
St. John, Newfoundland, Canada



Medal of Valor
Elizabeth Skilding
Waterloo Regional Police Service
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada






IAWP International Scholarship - 2016

Co-Chairs Linda Mayberry and Cindy Shain and members of the IAWP International Scholarship Committee are very proud to announce the recipient of the 2016 IAWP International Scholarship, W/Senior Superintendent Maxine L. Graham, Guyana Police Force, South America. She will attend the 54th Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain on October 9-13, 2016.  The process continues to be a very competitive one with high quality applicants. Sixteen scholarship applications, representing police women from eight countries around the globe (from such diverse countries as Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Australia, Tunisia, and Taiwan to name a few). 

Senior Superintendent Maxine I. Graham
Guyana Police Force




Opportunity to be directly involved with IAWP, a global organization of women and men in policing!

The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) is seeking bids for its publishing contract to create, produce, and mail WomenPolice magazine.

This is a rare opportunity for the right company in publishing WomenPolice Magazine. Specifications and the Request for Proposal (RFP) are at this link, or contact Carol Paterick, carolpaterick@gmail.com, to have a copy of the RFP emailed.   We would like to receive proposals from companies interested in working with us which will include creativity, design, layout, printing and distributing the magazine.

For additional details or information, contact Myra James, Editor WomenPolice Magazine, IAWP, at editor@iawp.org.




Articles and Publishing Contract - IAWP WomenPolice Magazine

The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) is seeking articles to publish in its quarterly magazine, WomenPolice.  In addition, IAWP is seeking bids for the publishing contract to create, produce, and mail WomenPolice magazine.

Four companies have expressed an interest in publishing the magazine. We are currently establishing the request for proposal (RFP) which will be distributed to all companies that may qualify for a contract.   We would like to receive additional expressions of interest from companies interested in working with us that would include layout, printing and distributing the magazine.

To submit articles or proposals, or for additional details or information, contact Myra James, Editor WomenPolice Magazine, IAWP, at editor@iawp.org.



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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

News in Pictures


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.




The www.IAWP.org website has made a reasonable effort to provide for translation. However, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and these systems are not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text of the IAWP website is the English version of the IAWP.org website. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of information presented by the translated version of the website, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.  Webmaster, September 2011.


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