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  • 25 Feb 2019 12:41 PM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)


    Media Release

    Corporate Partnership with Axon

    We are delighted to announce that Axon have again agreed to continue their corporate partnership with the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) in 2019. Continuing this partnership with Axon ensures IAWP can continue to influence at the highest level, the development of personal protective equipment and support technology designed to take account of women’s specific needs as well as cultural considerations. The support now provided by Axon will also allow IAWP to continue with its other projects and help ensure the organisation is sustainable.

    Natalia Villett, Director, International Marketing and Events for Axon said, “Axon first got involved with IAWP through its Taser brand at the IAWP conference in Cardiff in August of 2015, where we were surrounded by hundreds of brave and strong women from all over the world.

    After hearing many stories of success and bravery from around the globe we knew we needed to be aligned with such an organization… An organization that celebrates women and recognizes the commitment they make to make our communities safer. A statement Axon recognizes and lives by.

    We were pleased to become corporate partners and members of IAWP in 2016 and that partnership continued in 2017 under the Axon brand. We look forward to developing this partnership further, for the third year in succession, we will also be sponsoring the IAWP Officer of the year award to be presented at the 2019 IAWP conference in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

    At Axon we make innovative public safety technologies that, combined with the brave work of law enforcement officers, help to protect life. From our TASER smart weapons, to body worn cameras, to our industry-leading cloud-based evidence management software, we are the world’s premier public safety company and are committed to delivering safe, secure solutions for law enforcement, militaries, and citizens alike. As a proud sponsor of this year’s 57th Annual IAWP Training Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, we strive to protect and support the courageous women in policing by equipping them with products that best serve them as they serve others.  We appreciate the incredibly inspiring female officers that risk their lives every day and we look forward to meeting you at this year’s conference to discuss how we can combine our efforts in making communities around the world safer

    IAWP President Deborah Friedl said: This partnership is of great importance to IAWP.  It allows us to take an active role in the future development of equipment and technology designed to protect and support those working in law enforcement.  When law enforcement officers are protected, they are better equipped to protect their communities and keep them safe.  Supportive technology will aid officers’ investigations and supports IAWP’s resolution on combatting violence against women as well as increasing the prospect of successful prosecutions at court. Our partnership with Axon continues to grow as we find new ways of collaborating for the benefit of our members and victims of violence.”

    About the Axon network:
    The Axon network includes more than 100,000 licensed users from around the world and is changing the future of public safety.
    Axon protects life by connecting devices, apps and people onto one centralized network. Our technologies impact every aspect of an officer's day-to-day experience:

    • In the field - Our Smart Weapons offer a less-lethal alternative to firearms and have helped saved over 180,000 lives; our body-worn and in-car cameras collect video evidence to capture the truth of an incident; and our mobile applications enable simple evidence collection.
    • At the station - Our secure, Canadian cloud-based digital evidence management solution allows officers and command staff to manage, review, share and process digital evidence using forensic, redaction, transcription and other tools.
    • In the courtroom - Our solutions for prosecutors make collaborating across jurisdictions and agencies easy so that cases can be resolved quickly.

    Follow the Axon brand here:

    About the International Association of Women Police

    The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) is a richly diverse and growing organization with global reach.  We have Members, Affiliates, Friends and Strategic Partners in countries around the World.

    Our Mission: To strengthen, unite and raise the capacity of women in policing internationally.

    Our Vision: IAWP envisions a world where police reflect the diversity of communities they serve and human rights are protected. Our mission is to strengthen and raise the capacity of women in policing internationally.

     Posted 25th February 2019

  • 21 Feb 2019 5:45 PM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    IAWP Sgt At Arms - Halifax Police Sgt Nancy Rudback received the Order of Merit at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on January 30th, 2019.

    Featured with her is Her Excellency Julie Payette and RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki.

    Photo courtesy Myra James, IAWP Facebook post, February 2019
  • 13 Feb 2019 11:01 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    Publication Abstract
    Law enforcement has increasingly become the primary point of contact for individuals living with mental illness, and the presence of these individuals in jail and prison populations has grown to crisis proportions. This report - developed by the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) in partnership with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) - identifies innovative practices that have proven successful in reducing the arrest and incarceration of individuals living with mental illness in jurisdictions across the country. The programs have shown promise in several areas: diverting those who live with mental illness away from the criminal justice system, supporting individuals in the court system, identifying and treating those who have been incarcerated, and helping individuals successfully re-enter their communities after discharge. The report includes case studies of seven jurisdictions and resources developed by law enforcement executives and experts in the field.

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  • 7 Feb 2019 5:13 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    Women working to recruit more women to Austin Police Department

    Article, photos and video

  • 4 Feb 2019 6:39 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    Sara Thornton, UK, head of the National Police Chiefs' Council since 2015, will take up the role later this year.  Read article:

  • 28 Jan 2019 5:32 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)


    Over 7,000 personnel of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police, including 69 women constables, have successfully completed a grueling Elite Commando Training Course.

    As per a statement issued by K-P police’s public relations, the police personnel completed training in 15 basic courses conducted at different training centres.

    Most policemen, including the women constables, voluntarily opted for the tough four-month long course.

    The communique also said another batch of women commandos is currently being trained and shall soon be elevated to the rank of elite commandos.

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  • 25 Jan 2019 5:13 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    Some 168 Afghan women cadets are currently being trained in the Police Vocational Education Center in Central Anatolian province of Sivas as part of a memorandum signed between Turkey and Afghanistan regarding the training and capacity enhancement of the Afghan National Police.

    The training program, which started on Nov. 1, 2018, covers a period of six months.

    Afghan police cadets have been receiving training in Sivas since 2011 as part of the cooperating agreement between the two countries. So far, 3,353 Afghan cadets, including 1,212 women, have completed their training.

    Apart from their trainings, Afghan women cadets area also having a chance to establish close relations with Turkish women police officers who are training them.


  • 24 Jan 2019 5:27 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    Nearly 25% of Derby police officers are women.

    The Derby Police Department has a growing number of female officers and they say the stereotypes of working in a male-dominated field doesn't scare them. 

    47 officers make up the department and 11 of them are female. That number is is nearly double the national average for female officers in a single agency according to a 2017 FBI report. 

    "The city has gotten used to seeing female officers," said Lt. Karensa Schiffel. "So, that has kind of changed over the years."

    Lt. Schiffel has been working for the department for nearly 13 years and made history in 2016.

    "I am in the rank of leutinant and I am the first female to reach this rank in the department's history," Lt. Schieffel said. 

    Those growing statistics aren't only at the police station, though. 

    The two school resouce officers at Derby High School are also female. 

    Video and article:

  • 31 Aug 2018 11:25 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    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
    Remarks prepared for the 56th Annual Training Conference, IAWP 2018 Calgary, August 26-30, 2018. ©IAWP 2018.


    Deputy Superintendent, Lowell Police Department, Massachusetts United States

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IAWP is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization founded in 1915 and is unique being the oldest organization for women in policing.

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