Annual Recognition Program

The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) offers annual recognition for female and male officers in various categories.  Submission can be made online using the electronic nomination form.  Nominations open each year on January 1 and close at midnight EST on March 31st.

Awards are highly competitive for this international recognition.  These are a prestigious honor for the recipient and the employing law enforcement organization. Award recipients are honored during the IAWP Annual Training Conference and prominently featured in social media and WomenPolice magazine.

There are no extensions of time granted for award submission. Entries can be submitted by the candidate's supervisor, employer, the President of an IAWP Affiliate or an IAWP Board member, but not by the candidate themselves. Candidates can only be entered for one category.

·       IAWP Foundation Policy on the Annual Recognition Program

·       Helpful instructions to submit a nomination


Click here to submit a nomination

    Categories and Citations

    Officer of the year

    To be awarded to a female police officer who distinguishes herself by her exemplary conduct and achievements in more than one area of policing and over a period of time that has a significant impact on her agency and /or area of responsibility.

    Civilian of the year

    To be awarded to a female civilian staff member of a law enforcement agency who by her exemplary conduct has made an outstanding achievement to support, promote, improve and enhance policing, law enforcement and/or the criminal justice profession. 

    Bravery

    To be awarded to a female police officer who distinguishes herself by an exemplary act of bravery or heroism, on or off duty, and at risk of her own personal safety or in the face of danger and in the execution of her duty. 

    Leadership

    To be awarded to a female police officer who distinguishes herself by demonstrating a continuing long term commitment to leadership using exceptional personal skills, leading teams and team building, developing others, organizational skills and administration that has an outstanding positive impact within her agency or area of responsibility. 

    Community service

    To be awarded to a female police officer who distinguishes herself by her exemplary actions to improve public safety, reduce crime and criminal behavior, reduce anti-social behavior or foster better relationships between Police and the local community. 

    Excellence in performance

    To be awarded to a female police officer who distinguishes herself by her exceptional policing skills that have a significant impact in her agency or area of responsibility.  Such as the arrest of a prolific criminal, detection of multiples offences, improved road safety or improved Policing performance.

    Mentoring and coaching

    To be awarded to a female police officer who distinguishes herself by her support, assistance and development of women in law enforcement by focusing on their career aspirations, their ongoing personal development and/or producing training programs or policies which enhance the role of women in policing.

    Male award in support of the UN ‘HeForShe’ campaign

    Award to recognize a male police officer or male civilian employed by a law enforcement agency or police force, who has made a significant contribution and commitment to the advancement of women in policing.

    Prevention and detection of violence against women

    To be awarded to a female police officer who distinguishes herself by her exceptional policing skills to prevent and/or detect offenses of violence against women, including human trafficking.

    Contact IAWP Awards Chair, Linda Mayberry, at awards@iawp.org for details. 

    IAWP Recognition Award 2021 Recipients

    Click any of the recipients to download the media release


    Previous Recognition Award Recipients

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    2003 Recipients


    Contact IAWP Awards Chair at awards@iawp.org for details. Check back each January for Award Open Notice and a link to the nomination form.  Nominations are submitted online.

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