Thursday, August 14, 2014

Welcome IAWP Region 14 Coordinator

The President of the International Association of Women Police, Jane Townsley, today announced the appointment of May-Britt Rinaldo to be the IAWP Coordinator of Region 14.

Region 14 covers
Northern Europe (Baltic) – Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden

Contact details:
May-Britt Rinaldo, Coordinator
National Police Authorities of Sweden
Region West

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Monday, April 21, 2014

IAWP Region 14

International Association of Women Police
Region 14

Region 14
Northern Europe (Baltic) – Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden

Monday, October 14, 2013

October 2013

My name is Dorothy McPhail and I am the IAWP Region 14 co ordinator. This is my first Region 14 IAWP newsletter and I hope that other region 14 members will contribute to future issues.
2013 IAWP Durban Conference
Eleven Region 14 representatives attended the 51st IAWP conference held in Durban. This was the first IAWP conference held in Africa and had a record attendance of over 1200 from 54 countries. South Africa put on a very memorable conference - both the training sessions as well as the social events. Below are some photos taken on the opening day of the conference. 
Clockwise from top - African delegates, Opening March, Region 14 members (Tina Westra, Karen Salisbury, Dorothy McPhail) Canadian delegates,  Middle East delegates
IAWP Bravery Award
Awards presentations are held as part of the conference and congratulations go to NSW member Karen Lowden who received a bravery award for her excellent work with a bomb threat victim in Sydney. Karen traveled to Africa with her husband and two young children to receive the award in Durban. 
L-R Dorothy McPhail, Karen House, Tina Westra, Karen Lowden, Jennifer Saunders, Siripa Uelese
Region 14 Presenters
Numerous presenters from throughout the world presented on a wide range of topics including two region 14 members. Helen McDermott spoke about the value of Womens networks and Australasian Council of Women and Policing while Robyn Forester presented on supporting women from diverse backgrounds.  
L - Helen McDermott with co presenters from South Sudan and Uganda
R - Robyn Forester
Region 14 Delegates
L-R Dorothy McPhail, Karen House,  Helen McDermott, Lindy Kerr, Tina Westra
Breakfast networking by Australian and English IAWP delegates including "Angry Bird" Andrea Humphrys at the head of the table.
Future Conferences
IAWP conferences are unique in that any law enforcement staff, both male and female, are eligible to attend and choose to attend training from a broad spectrum of topics. This year there were attendees from 54 countries so this is an excellent opportunity to network with law enforcement staff from around the world sharing knowledge and experience.

Winnipeg 2014
Next year’s conference is being held in Winnipeg in Canada and I encourage you all to consider attending. I appreciate that it may be difficult financially for Police services to fully fund staff to attend the conference however other options are for you to partially of fully fund your attendance yourself incorporating it into a vacation. If family and/or friends accompany people attending the conference activities are provided for these people or family and/or friends may wish to join you after the conference.

Cardiff 2015
In IAWP celebrates their centenary in Cardiff in Wales which I am sure will be a wonderful experience. The conferences are motivating and inspirational so be sure to take advantage of the great opportunity to attend future conferences.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

November 2011

Congratulations to Inspector Lindy Kerr, a lifetime member of IAWP, who recently retired from Victoria Police.

What a busy life we all lead - even in retirement when it would seem illogical, I have found this year has flown. While we in the Southern Hemisphere are gearing up to a hot and humid Christmas and our Northern associates are preparing for Winter holidays - it is time to reflect on the year 2011.

In August, both Mel and I went to to Lexington, Kentucky for the 49th IAWP annual training conference. It is a testament to the effectiveness and currency the IAWP that these conferences continue to be held successfully. Of course this only happens as the result of lots of hard work and dedication by the conference hosts. Kentucky provided a very friendly and hospitable atmosphere with the theme of Racing to the Future.

Your IAWP membership is enhanced and reaffirmed by attending a conference on the other side of the world. It may be difficult to raise funds but the benefits for both yourself and your organization are guaranteed.
It is such an honour to participate in uniform in the Parade of Nations, surrounded by the spectacular variety of uniforms and cultures represented. The Opening Ceremony is truly inspiring and marks the start of a memorable experience that each IAWP conference proves to be. An IAWP conference involves informative training sessions, social networking, the AGM, regional meetings, the Final Banquet and my personal favorite, the Awards Luncheon. It is a triumph that fellow officers from around the globe are acknowledged for their achievements in a variety of situations. I challenge anyone to attend the Awards Luncheon and not make a resolution to nominate either themselves or a colleague for the next round of awards.
I have found each conference I have attended to be unique. I have met so many interesting people and have learnt a little about the place where the conference is held.
If you were unable to attend this year, why not make a plan now to attend one of the future conferences? The locations for the next two are St. Johns, Newfoundland in 2012 (google it if you are not familiar with it) and Durban, South Africa in 2013. Both these, owing to their location, offer an opportunity to visit a country so completely different from your own. This will enrich your life experiences and at the same time increase your professional knowledge and network of peers.
I suggest you approach your supervisor some time soon and 'plant the seed' for gaining their support to facilitate your attendance. Perhaps they might attend as well. You will receive quality training directly relevant to your current and future duties and responsibilities. You can renew or form new friendships with people from our amazing cosmopolitan membership.

Please contact either Mel or myself if you have any queries or we can provide any assistance to you.

Take care

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 2011

Sergeant Mel Edwards of Northern Territory Police and Karen Salisbury (retired sergeant formerly of Queensland Police Service) are co-coordinators and looking forward to keeping you up to date on the events in our region.
The news covered the many natural disasters that have occurred within our region in recent times. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many people affected by this devastation.
Prince William has been to New Zealand and is currently in Queensland.
March 8 has been the centenary celebration of International Women's Day (IWD). We can only imagine how much courage it took for the women in 1911 to take steps to initiate IWD. How proud would they be to know that in 2011 IWD is celebrated in over 100 countries throughout the world. It is wonderful to see the amazing achievements being made by women and we need to support those in countries where they are still working towards equal opportunity.
We can all help to raise the profile of females within police organisations by nominating for the 2011 IAWP annual awards. The closing date is March 21 and can be found on this link:
It would be really great to have recipients from our region this year.
Coincidently, the Australasian Council of Women and Policing (ACWAP) conference is being held in Hobart from August 21 - 24. It is pleasing to see many officers from our region received awards listed on the following link:
Something to look out for - 'AFP, the series' will be broadcast on the Nine Network in the near future. Two season in documentary format have been filmed depicting our Australian Federal Police on both a national and international level.
Take care.