From 1915 to Now
Formed initially as the International Association of Policewomen in 1915 by Los Angeles, California, Policewoman Alice Stebbins Wells, in 1956 under the name of International Association of Women Police, IAWP was moved forward by President Lois Higgins Grote. IAWP members voted that the organization represent sworn officers offering membership to those with full police authority. The IAWP served as a clearing house for information, adopted a code of ethics, and was a prelude to professional status, vital to policewomen. Higgins was president for eight years and Executive Director for twelve, during her tenure vigorously addressing issues of career opportunities, recognition for female officers within law enforcement, promotion and diversified assignments within departments. In speeches, Higgins called the feminine arm of the law the one that "rocks the cradle, and sometimes shoots a wicked .38." The IAWP reported 320 members, 295 from the U.S., three from Canada, and twenty-two from all other countries.* The organization has now grown to include members from 73 countries, holds annual training conferences in a different worldwide location each year, and embraces diversity and inclusion, continuing the traditions established by the founders.
*Lois Lundell Higgins paper presented at the 1st Biennial International Association of Women Police Conference September 30 - October 2, 1958, Lafayette, Indiana." (Read more in the Our History section of the 100 Year brochure.)
Meet IAWP President Deborah Friedl (United States) and hear her vision for the International Association of Women Police for the next 3 years. Link to video on IAWP YouTube https://youtu.be/MTpU9z27yJw
REGISTER TODAY at the Early Bird rates for the 2019 IAWP 57th Annual Training Conference, September 23-27, Anchorage, Alaska USA.
Presidents of the International Association of Women Police
Alice Stebbins Wells, Founder and 1st President (1915)
Mina C. Van Winkle (1919-1932) President, Incorporating Officer and chief financial contributor of the International Association of Policewomen (The organization later became the International Association of Police Women; then in 1969, became the International Association of Women Police.)
Lois Lundell Higgins-Grote (1956-1964) President and Incorporating Officer
Elizabeth Frances Mumford (1964-1966) President and Incorporating Officer
Mary Rita Ostrander (1966-1970) President and Incorporating Officer
Lois Becket (1970-1972) President and Incorporating Officer
Felicia Shpritzer (1972-1976) President and Incorporating Officer
Rosie Mason (1976-1980) President and Incorporating Officer
Carolen Bailey (1980-1982)
Mary Wamsley (1982-1984)
Carol Ann Halliday (1984-1988)
Kathy Burke (1988-1991)
Gale Buckner (1991-1994)
Linda Cherry (1994-1996)
Connie Maki (1996-1998)
Laura Goodman-Brown (1998-2000)
Terrie S. Swann (2000-2007)
Amy Ramsay (2007-2009)
Jane Townsley (2009-2015)
Margaret S. Shorter (2015-2018)
Deborah Friedl (2018-present)
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