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Women have been a significant part of law enforcement since Rose Fortune, a freed slave declared herself the first female police officer in 1774. The road through history has not been smooth for a host of reasons, including societal condemnation and legal barriers to entry. 

As in most professions the early pioneers endured challenges different than those encountered today and sacrificed a great deal including the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  Women continue to progress at all levels throughout federal, state, local, tribal and international policing. 

Leadership roles include head of agency; Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs and Directors of Public Safety.  Women serve in tactical response and EOD units as well as on technical and scientific teams.


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is a law enforcement agency in the Department of Justice that protects communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. AFT partners with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public through information sharing, training, research, and use of technology. For more information on ATF see here.

The Secret Service is charged with safeguarding the nation's financial infrastructure and payment systems to preserve the integrity of the economy and to protect national leaders, visiting heads of state and government, designated sites, and National Special Events. For more information please see here.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) swore in their first female Special Agents in 1972. This tribute celebrates the careers of numerous Special Agents and includes interviews with women on their time in the FBI.

The National Center for Women and Policing is an organization dedicated to the promotion of women in all ranks of law enforcement and improving police responses to violence against women. For more information on the NCWP, please see here.

Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) is an organization whose mission is to promote gender equity through leadership education that provides training, research, scholarships, awards, and networking opportunities in partnership with federal law enforcement agencies, WIFLE members and WIFLE sponsors. For more information on WIFLE see here.

The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) was established to address the needs of women holding senior management positions in law enforcement. NAWLEE is dedicated to serving and furthering the interest of women executives and those who aspire to be executives in law enforcement. For more information see here.

The International Association of Women Police  (IAWP) seeks to strengthen, unite, and raise the profile of women in criminal justice internationally. IAWP has members in over 60 countries and is continuing to grow, while promoting female criminal justice professionals throughout the world. For more information see here.

This 2015 report Ambushes of Police analyzes incidents of extreme violence against law enforcement officers with special focus on ambushes. It investigates methods of preventing, responding to, and surviving ambushes. 

Featured Women: Federal

Laura A. Bucheit

Laura A. Bucheit is currently Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Las Vegas Division. Prior to this she served as the Director's special assistant at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Bucheit began her career as an FBI special agent in February 1996. She first reported to the Baltimore Division where she conducted investigations into terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and criminal violations. In addition, while assigned to the division, she worked in an undercover capacity to successfully infiltrate a criminal enterprise of motorcycle gangs involved in a large-scale, multi-jurisdictional distribution of methamphetamine throughout the southeastern United States. She was also the Baltimore Division's first female SWAT team member and the second certified female sniper in FBI history. In January 2003, she was promoted to supervisory special agent at FBI Headquarters to provide guidance and oversight of the FBI's Criminal Undercover Program.

Teresa Chambers

Teresa Chambers is in her 26th year of law enforcement service. She currently serves as the Chief of Police of the United States Park Police Force, headquartered in Washington, D.C. United States Park Police employees are responsible for protecting national parks, monuments, and parkways in the Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and New York City areas as well as providing liaison between the Park Police and National Park Rangers all across the country. They also provide dignitary protection for the President and other officials as well as a variety of law enforcement functions necessitated in the agency's role as one of only a few uniformed Federal law enforcement agencies.

Before being sworn as the Chief of the United States Park Police in February of 2002, Chief Chambers served four years as the Chief of Police of the Durham, North Carolina, Police Department. There she was credited with significantly reducing crime while improving morale and retention of employees throughout the agency. Chief Chambers also served more than 21 years in the Prince George's County, Maryland, Police Department. She retired from that agency in 1997 at the rank of major in order to accept the job of Chief of Police in Durham.

Chief Chambers has received her bachelor's degree in law enforcement / criminology from the University of Maryland University College and a master's degree in applied behavioral science with a concentration in community development from the Johns Hopkins University. Chambers is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI's prestigious National Executive Institute. Chief Chambers currently serves as the President of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.

Stephanie Douglas

Stephanie Douglas is the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI's National Security Branch. Prior to this she served as special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division.

Ms. Douglas entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in November 1989. She first reported to the Washington Field Office, where she worked violent crime, public corruption, and national security matters. While there, she played a significant role in the espionage investigations and successful prosecutions of FBI Supervisory Special Agent Earl Pitts and CIA Officer Harold James Nicholson.

Patricia M. Ferrick

Patricia M. Ferrick is the special agent in charge of the FBI's New Haven Division. Ms. Ferrick most recently served as acting special agent in charge of the Milwaukee Division.Ms. Ferrick began her career as a special agent with the FBI in September 1987. She first reported to the Pittsburgh Division, where she investigated organized crime and narcotics. In 1992, she transferred to the Miami Division and was assigned to investigate white-collar crime. While there, she led the formation of the first FBI/FEMA task force to combat government fraud related to Hurricane Andrew, which served as the model for similar task forces formed in response to subsequent disasters.

Prior to her appointment with the FBI, Ms. Ferrick was an officer with the New York City Police Department.

Deirdre Fike

Deirdre Fike is currently the Special Agent in Charge of the Anchorage Division for the FBI. Prior to this she served as an inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington DC. Ms. Fike began her career as a special agent with the FBI in January 1989. She first reported to the Louisville Division, where she investigated violent crimes and served as a crisis negotiator and a coordinator for the Behavioral Analysis Unit. In 1997, Ms. Fike transferred to the Omaha Division and investigated white-collar crime matters, specializing in health care fraud on the Nebraska Health Care Fraud Task Force.

Marcy M. Forman

Marcy M. Forman is the Director of the Office of Investigations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and oversees the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. As Director, Ms. Forman is responsible for strategic planning, national policy implementation, and the development and execution of operational initiatives spanning the five major investigative program divisions within the Office of Investigations: National Security Investigations; Financial, Narcotics and Public Safety Investigations; Critical Infrastructure Protection and Fraud Investigations; Investigative Services; and Policy and Emergency Preparedness.

Ms. Forman has over 29 years of law enforcement experience. Prior to assuming the position of Director of Investigations, Ms. Forman held a number of key management positions. Ms. Forman was the Deputy Assistant Director of the Financial Investigations Division of the ICE Office of Investigations. Before joining ICE, she served in numerous positions with the U.S. Customs Service. During her career with U.S. Customs, she was the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the Money Laundering and Narcotics Unit in the Houston, Texas field office, and Division Director for Financial Investigations at U.S. Customs Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Ms. Forman is recognized by both the private and public sector as an authority in the field of terrorist financing and money-laundering and served as the Executive Director of Operation Green Quest, a highly successful U.S. Department of Treasury led, multi-agency task force that was established immediately after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to address the threat of terrorist financing.

Polly Hanson

Ms. Polly Hanson is currently the Chief of Amtrak police. Chief Hanson began her career with the Metro Transit Police Department, Washington D.C. She spent 27 years with the department and advanced up through the ranks from police officer to Chief of Police from 2002 to 2007. She retired from the department in the position of Assistant General Manager for Safety, Security and Emergency Management.

She then worked at the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C. from 2008 to 2011 as Executive Director, Strategic Services Bureau with responsibilities including development of policies and procedures, tactical crime analysis, strategic planning, performance management and government relations. Presently, she is Director, Office of Law Enforcement and Security at the U.S Department of Interior where she is a commissioned federal special agent providing policy guidance and oversight of law enforcement, security and intelligence programs.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Temple University and her MBA in Applied Behavioral Science from John Hopkins University. She is a former member of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

Stacia A. Hylton

Director Hylton attended Northeastern University on a full athletic scholarship and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She began her 32-year law enforcement career as a Deputy United States Marshal. During her tenure with the U.S. Marshals Service, she has held several positions in diverse mission areas, including 10 years as a member of the USMS Special Operations Group.

Director Hylton also served as an instructor at the USMS Training Academy; Witness Security Inspector; Chief for the Judicial Security Programs; Chief Deputy, District of South Carolina; and Assistant Director for Prisoner Operations. Additionally, she was the agency's Emergency Response Incident Commander for such assignments as Ground Zero after 9/11.

In 2004, Director Hylton was appointed as the Attorney General's Federal Detention Trustee. Since 2010, when she was appointed Director of the Marshals Service, she has led a key Department of Justice law enforcement agency responsible for federal judicial security; fugitive apprehension; witness security; asset forfeiture; and prisoner operations.

Director Hylton serves on the Executive Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and the Attorney General Edmund Randolph Award in recognition of outstanding service.

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Michelle S. Klimt

Michelle S. Klimt is Special Agent in charge of the FBI's Jacksonville Division. Prior to this she served Ms. as the acting deputy assistant director of the Operational Programs Branch in the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division.

Ms. Klimt began her career as an FBI special agent in May 1990 and was assigned to the San Antonio Division, where she investigated drug matters involving the Southwest Border Initiative, counterintelligence, and international and domestic terrorism. Ms. Klimt was also a charter member of the Evidence Response Team and participated in the crime scene recoveries at the Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11, 2011 attack in New York City. In December 2002, she was promoted to supervisory special agent to oversee a public corruption and civil rights squad. She was reassigned to supervise a counterintelligence squad in 2004 and, subsequently, a violent crimes squad.

Michele Leonhart

Michele Leonhart is the current administrator of the DEA. She as served in this role since 2010. She graduated from Bemidji State University in 1978 and joined law enforcement as a Baltimore Patrol Officer.

In 1980 she joined the DEA as a special agent and in 1997 she became the DEA's first female special agent in charge. In 2003, she was nominated the Deputy Administrator of the DEA and the Senate confirmed here in 2004. During this time she served in Minneapolis, Los Angles, and San Francisco. She served in this role until her nomination as the Administrator of the DEA in 2008.

She was not confirmed until 2010 but served as the acting administrator from 2008-2010. Her tenure has been marked by controversy due to her refusal to state that marijuana is less addictive and harmful than heroin or crack-cocaine and undermining state law with regards to marijuana.

She has received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive in 2004, the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service in 2000, and recognized for her leadership in the Law Enforcement Exploring program, which provides resources students interested in law enforcement careers.

Christy McCampbell

Christy McCampbell is a 30-year career law enforcement officer with state, local, federal and international experience. Currently, she is the Vice President of Counternarcotic and Law Enforcement Programs at Pro-Telligent.

Prior to this position she was the Vice President of the Training and Law Enforcement Division at USIS. She has served as a senior executive level administrator with oversight of major law enforcement agencies. She has also worked overseas representing the U.S. Department of State (INL).

She also served as the United Nations Country Representative to Pakistan for the Office on Drugs and Crime where she was responsible for the highest level of country development and implementation of anti-drug and crime control, police training programs, and collaboration with country leaders and local authorities.

She has also served as the Staff Director of the Caucus on International Narcotics Control for the U.S. Senate. She also has experience working at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the California Department of Justice.

She is a subject matter expert in law enforcement, training both nationally and internationally, counter narcotics, anti-terrorism, fraud, rule of law, and human trafficking and has been responsible for congressional affairs in international narcotics and crime. Ms. McCampbell is a frequent public speaker and has testified before the United States Congress.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree, a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate. She has received the President's Award for Outstanding Leadership in Drug Enforcement by California Narcotics Officers' Association 2003, the San Francisco Police Department's Police Chief Award for Outstanding Contributions in Narcotic Enforcement 1999, and the FBI's National Academy Commendation for Contributions in Narcotic Enforcement in a guest lecturer series 1998.

Nancy McNamara

Nancy McNamara is assistant director of the FBI's Inspection Division. Prior, Ms. McNamara served as deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division.

Ms. McNamara joined the FBI in 1996 as a Special Agent and was assigned to the New York Division to investigate public corruption. Ms. McNamara was named supervisory special agent for the applicant program in 2002 and the public corruption/government fraud squad in the white-collar crime program in 2005. Later that year, Ms. McNamara was promoted to assistant inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she led teams that reviewed and assessed investigative programs in field offices, legal attaché offices, and Headquarters.

In 2007, Ms. McNamara was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the white-collar program in the Los Angeles Division. She returned to FBI Headquarters in 2009 when she was appointed chief of the Public Corruption/Civil Rights Section, where she was in charge of public and international corruption as well as civil rights investigations.

Ms. McNamara was appointed special agent in charge of the Milwaukee Division in 2010, the first woman to hold this position. A year later, she returned to Washington D.C. after being promoted to deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division.

Monica M. Miller

Monica M. Miller is currently the Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Field Office. Prior to this she served as an FBI senior detailee to the Central Intelligence Agency, where she oversaw counterespionage personnel.

Ms. Miller joined the FBI in 1989 as a special agent and was assigned to the Washington Field Office (WFO), where she worked a variety of violent crime cases. In 1994, she transferred to the New Orleans Field Office's Shreveport Resident Agency to work white-collar crime and numerous other criminal violations. She joined the San Juan Field Office in 1999 and investigated public corruption cases and coordinated the division's human source program. Ms. Miller performed similar duties at WFO from 2004-2005.

Sheree Mixell

Sheree Mixell has served 23 years as an ATF special agent and 2 years as an officer in the Secret Service, which she joined after graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Criminal Justice. She has served as Special Agent in Charge since 2011.

Throughout her career she has served as a mentor for a new generation of agents and volunteered with organizations that promote diversity throughout Law Enforcement. She currently serves as the Vice Preside of Women in Federal Law Enforcement Foundation and the Deputy Executive Director of WIFLE, Inc.

Margaret M. Moore

Ms. Moore started her law enforcement career in New York City in 1973. She served as an undercover narcotics police officer and in June, 1976 she joined the New York Office of the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) responsible for the enforcement of the federal explosive, firearms and arson laws.

Ms. Moore was promoted to positions of increased responsibility to become that agency's first woman Special Agent in Charge and retired in 1999 after 23 years as the highest ranking woman agent, Deputy Assistant Director for Science and Technology. In that position her responsibilities included oversight for the forensic labs, which successfully linked evidence involving Eric Robert Rudolf to the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing, the Sandy Springs clinic bombing and the Otherside Lounge, both located in Atlanta.

As a former ATF agent Ms. Moore is very familiar with clinic violence in the United States having investigated incidents from the early 1980's as well as having oversight and responsibility for the conduct of explosive and arson investigations relating to clinic violence which to date has totaled over 260 actual incidents nationwide.

Ms. Moore is considered an expert on anti-abortion extremist violence (domestic terrorism) and conducts training for police departments in the United States, Ireland and Australia. The focus of the training is on history of the extremist movement, what local police need to know to respond effectively, assessing the threat of violence, developing security protocols and implementation of security plans.

Ms. Moore joined the Feminist Majority in September, 1999 and is the chief point of contact to federal, state and local law enforcement for the National Center for Women and Policing, (NCWP). The NCWP is the primary women's police organization that promotes and advocates the increasing of women in law enforcement to achieve gender equity. The NCWP conducts annual leadership training conferences with a focus on women and leadership, police reforms and strategies to increase the numbers of women in policing.

In June, 1999, Ms. Moore incorporated Women in Federal Law Enforcement, a not-for-profit organization. She serves as the organization's Director and donates her time and efforts each year in planning and delivering a women's leadership conference attended by over 500 representatives from 60 federal agencies.

Ms. Moore holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay of Criminal Justice in New York City and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Cheri Nolan

Cheri Nolan has a long and distinguished career in the criminal justice field. She has served four Attorneys General and three Presidents and was appointed as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) in July 2001. OJP comprises five program bureaus and various program and administrative offices that provide federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist crime victims.

Ms. Nolan's responsibilities include oversight of the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. In addition, she led the development and release of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, a government-wide initiative to help reduce recidivism.

Prior to her appointment at OJP, Ms. Nolan was affiliated with the television show America’s Most Wanted. As executive assistant to John Walsh, the program’s host, she continued the work she had begun in her previous assignment at the Department of Justice, working with state and local law enforcement, elected officials, and crime victims.

Ms. Nolan's extensive work in the justice field was preceded by distinguished service on the White House staff of President Ronald Reagan and in various Cabinet agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, Energy, and the Treasury. She joined the Department of Justice for the first time in 1987 on a temporary assignment for then- Attorney General Edwin Meese.

This became a permanent assignment when she was named Deputy Director of the Office of Liaison Services for successive Attorneys General Richard Thornburgh and William P. Barr. In that capacity, she was involved in some of the most important crime issues of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Valarie Parlave

Valarie Parlave is currently the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office. Prior to this se served as a Deputy Assistant Director in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters. Ms. Parlave began her career as a special agent with the FBI in 1991. She first reported to the Las Vegas Division, where she conducted violent crime and fugitive investigations until February 1993, when she was assigned to the division's violent gang and drug squad. In that role, she coordinated two violent gang and drug task forces, led task force investigations, supervised undercover buys, executed felony warrants, conducted wiretap investigations, and acted as an undercover agent.

Julia Pierson

Julia Pierson is the former director of the U.S. Secret Service. She was the first woman to hold this position. Director Pierson began her law enforcement career in 1980 in the Orlando Police Department before transferring to the Miami Field Office.

Throughout her 30 year career in the Secret Service, she has served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Administration, the Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Protective Operations, Chief of Staff, Assistant director of the Office of Human Resources and Training, and the presidential protection details of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

Mary Frances Rook

Mary Frances Rook is currently the Special Agent in Charge of the Salt Lake City Division of the FBI. Prior to this, she served as the Speical Agent in Charge of the Anchorage Division. In 2001, Ms. Rook transferred to FBI Headquarters as a supervisor in the Internal Investigation Unit of OPR. In 2003, she was promoted to unit chief of OPR’s Adjudication Unit. Ms. Rook reported to the Salt Lake City Division in November 2004 as assistant special agent in charge. In this role, she was responsible for all criminal, cyber, and administrative programs, as well as the five resident agencies located in Utah.

Delena D. Spann

Delena D. Spann is employed with the United States Secret Service, Chicago Field Office where she is assigned to the Electronic and Financial Crimes Task Force. She serves as the financial analysis expert in commodity flow analysis and net worth analysis where she is responsible for conducting and exercising ingenuity and applying the ability to conduct independent financial analysis and research in financial crimes investigations. Delena D. Spann holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Barry University, a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Certificate of Public Policy from Florida International University, and a Paralegal Studies Diploma from Barry University. Spann is Board of Regents Emeritus for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Melanie Stinnett

Melanie Stinnett is become Deputy Chief Counsel of ATF. Prior to this she served as Assistant Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations and as Assistant Director of the Office of Management and chief financial officer from January 2006 to May 2010. Stinnett began her career with ATF as a staff attorney in the Office of the Division Counsel, Philadelphia, in 1983, a year after earning her doctor of jurisprudence degree from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington. From 1987-1991, she served as senior attorney in charge in the Philadelphia office before becoming the assistant chief counsel there and later in New York. She came to Washington in 1998 as senior counsel for field operations. Two years later, she became the acting deputy chief counsel and in 2002 the deputy chief counsel and a career member of the Senior Executive Service. Stinnett, a native of Washington, Ill., received a degree in history, magna cum laude, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1979 and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national honors organization.

Theresa Stoop

Ms. Theresa Stoop is the Assistant Director for Human Resources and Professional Development (HRPD) She is responsible for the strategic management of ATF’s workforce and, through recruitment, selection, development, and evaluation programs, ensuring that it stands ready to meet the challenges of the Bureau’s mission. Her 26 year career with ATF and wide variety of assignments provides her with a unique perspective from which to build the Bureau’s 21st century workforce.

Prior to assuming the leadership role in HRPD, Ms. Stoop was serving her second tour as the Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Field Division, a position she held since November 2008. She was responsible for ATF’s law enforcement operations and industry regulation activities spanning nine field offices in Maryland and Delaware. During this period, she was also called upon to serve as ATF’s Chief Financial Officer during an interim period.

Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently assigned as the FBI Senior Liaison to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as Deputy Director for Operations at the Export Enforcement Coordination Center (E2C2).  As part of the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative, in November, 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13558, creating the multi-agency E2C2 for coordination and enhancement of U.S. government export enforcement efforts.  In her E2C2 leadership role, Ms. Thompson oversees operational coordination and engagement among 18 federal agencies on export enforcement matters. 

Ms. Thompson began her professional career at the U.S. Department of State, Office of Foreign Missions where she worked as a Program Manager from 1988 until 1995.  During this time, Ms. Thompson helped to open and establish the Office of Foreign Missions San Francisco and Los Angeles field offices overseeing the foreign diplomatic corps located in the West Coast region of the United States.

In 1995, Ms. Thompson entered on duty with the FBI as a Special Agent.  She was assigned to the FBI San Francisco Division field office where she investigated National Security, Cyber and Criminal matters.

In 2006, Ms. Thompson rose to be the Supervisory Special Agent of the San Francisco Division’s Global Counterproliferation Squad.   Ms. Thompson transferred to FBI Headquarters in 2009 following a promotion as Unit Chief within the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. 

Ms. Thompson later assumed a leadership role as Unit Chief within the newly created FBI Counterproliferation Center, a hybrid Center integrating the Counterproliferation expertise from the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate and the Directorate of Intelligence.  

In 2010, Ms. Thompson was selected as the 2010-2011 FBI Fellow in the International Women’s Forum Leadership Fellows Programs.  As a Fellows Program participant, Ms. Thompson was among 32 women leaders from 13 countries engaged in advanced executive leadership training and mentoring.  Ms. Thompson has since become involved in the FBI’s Leadership Development program, where she serves as an adjunct Leadership Development facilitator.    

In November, 2011, Ms. Thompson assumed her current role with DHS to establish and build the E2C2, helping to officially open the doors of E2C2 in March, 2012.

Ms. Thompson, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, currently lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and one son.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary’s College of California. 

Julie Torres

Julie Torres is the Assistant Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations. She most recently served as Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Field Operations ’ East Region. Prior to that she was the Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Miami Field Division April 2004 to June 2008.

Heather Fong

Today, Heather Fong is the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement.  She has served in this role since November 17, 2014.  As the head of the Department’s Office for State and Local Law Enforcement, Assistant Secretary Fong is the Department’s primary liaison with nearly 18,000 state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies across the country.

Assistant Fong previously served as the Chief of Police of the San Francisco Police Department for five years, culminating a 32 year career with the Department. She is the first woman to lead the San Francisco Police Department, and the first Asian American woman to head a major metropolitan city police force. Sworn in as a police officer in 1977, Assistant Secretary Fong worked through the ranks of inspector, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain.  In August 1998, she was promoted to commander and assigned to the Special Operations Division, with responsibility for Traffic, Tactical, and MUNI Transit companies.  In June 2000, upon promotion to deputy chief, she was assigned to the Field Operations Bureau, where she managed the uniformed patrol force.  In August 2002, Assistant Secretary Fong was assigned to the Administration Bureau to oversee the budget, planning, training, staff services, and support services of the Department, and in May 2003, was appointed Assistant Chief of Police.  She was appointed Acting Chief of Police on January 22, 2004 and Chief of Police on April 14, 2004.

During Assistant Secretary Fong’s law enforcement career, she has been assigned to foot and motorized patrol, served as an Academy training officer and instructor, child abuse investigator, drug education instructor, grant writer, strategic planner, district station watch commander and district commander.  Prior to entering the Department, she served as a Police Activities League Cadet and Civil Service Police Cadet.

Monica Blodgett Rocchio  

Monica Blodgett Rocchio started her career with the Federal service in June 1970 with the Office of Personnel Management (formerly the U.S. Civil Service Commission), prior to women having the legal authority to carry firearms in performance of their duties. Six short weeks later, she transferred to the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), remaining there for thirteen years. Ms. Rocchio served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, as a Criminal Investigator from 1983 until she transferred to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1987.

Ms. Rocchio served in various positions with EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID). She started as a field agent in the Philadelphia Office and transferred to CID’s Headquarters Office in November 1993 as a Senior Special Agent. In 1995, she was the first EPA/CID Special Agent assigned to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) in Washington, DC, with responsibility for the newly created environmental crimes program at that office. In March 2002, Ms. Rocchio was promoted to the position of Special Agent in Charge for International Activities and Liaison. She retired from Federal service in December 2003.

Ms. Rocchio is a founding charter lifetime member of Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc., and served as the first President of the organization from 1999 through December 2003. She currently serves as the organization's Deputy Executive Director, fulfilling one of her passions in life of furthering the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in federal law enforcement.  In March 2006, Ms. Blodgett became the first Vice President of the newly incorporated WIFLE Foundation, a not-for-profit organization which is the training, research and educational arm for WIFLE. 
Ms. Rocchio has received numerous awards during her federal career including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Center for Women and Policing. 

Tamra L. Goldsmith
Ms. Goldsmith joined the Office of Law Enforcement/ Federal Air Marshal Service (OLE/FAMS) in May 2002. Currently assigned as the Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (SAC) at the Transportation Security Operations Section (TSOC), she supervises senior level managers responsible for a watch floor that provides 24/7 situational awareness for transportation-related incidents by monitoring aviation, surface, rail, mass transit, and maritime transportation activity nationwide. SAC Goldsmith is also currently participating in the Transportation Security Administration’s Senior Leadership Development Program.

Ms. Goldsmith began her career with the FAMS at the Orlando Field Office in May 2002 where she flew missions and later served as an Assistant Operations Officer and a Physical Training
Coordinator.  In 2005, she was selected for a lateral position with the Information Coordination Section (ICS). In 2006, she was selected for promotion to Supervisory Federal Air Marshal
(SFAM) at the Atlanta Field Office and managed a squad of 20 mission FAMs. She also served as SFAM within the ICS from 2008-2010 where she managed up to 30 FAMs assigned to the Transportation Investigations Branch (TIB) and the Counterterrorism Branch (CTB) units.

Ms. Goldsmith was selected for promotion in 2010 to Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC) within ICS where she supervised the TIB and the CTB units and managed the FAMS/JTTF Program, Special Mission Coverage Program and Tactical Information Sharing System (TISS) Program.  In 2011, she was reassigned to the Office of the Director as the Staff
SAC where she supervised 5 Supervisory Federal Air Marshals (SFAMs) while providing direct administrative support to the Director’s Executive Staff. She oversaw the management and administration of the financial and operational functions within the Office of the Director, the OLE/FAMS Tasking Section, and the Law Enforcement Culture Section. She also served as the Office Emergency Coordinator for OLE/FAMS Headquarters. In 2013, Ms. Goldsmith was selected as the Deputy SAC at the Washington Field Office where she supervised 3 ASACs and
24 SFAMs overseeing mission operations, training, Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) operations, and administrative actions at the largest FAMS field office.

Prior to joining the Federal Air Marshal Service, Ms. Goldsmith served eight years with the Virginia Beach Police Department.  She was a Master Police Officer and worked in several units
to include patrol, mountain bikes and motors. She was certified as a breath technician, a radar operator, a Field Training Officer, a School Resource Officer and was part of the Community
Policing Unit. Ms. Goldsmith holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Graphic Design from Radford University in Radford, Virginia, where she played Division One basketball on a full athletic  scholarship.   

Cheryl L. Tyler 

With more than 25 years’ experience in the security, intelligence and risk assessment industry, Cheryl L. Tyler has developed an expertise in logistical advance, investigative skills, intelligence threat and risk assessment and analysis, and criminal investigations. As a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, Ms. Tyler was a training instructor at the Secret Service Academy and the first woman of color assigned to the Presidential Protective Division, where she served on protective duty for Presidents George H. W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton. She conducted hours of logistical advance work for world leaders’ visits to the United States, events in private and public venues for Presidents, Vice Presidents and dignitaries here and abroad.
She has worked with international government officials, CEOs, celebrity entertainers, sports figures, and more.

 Following the September, 11, 2001 attacks, Ms. Tyler joined forces with several colleagues in the security and intelligence community to work for the newly formed Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where she served as a special Agent in the Office of Internal Affairs and Office of Inspection. While at TSA, Ms. Tyler utilized her training and security expertise to play an integral role in security compliance and airport testing. She is versed in various types of advance technical security equipment, which she used to address the myriad, complicated security challenges confronted daily by our nation’s airports. She has supervised and coordinated numerous covert test teams throughout the U.S., and coordinated and developed budget analysis for testing programs in excess of $1 million. Ms. Tyler also served as the office liaison representative between critical departments within TSA, including General Counsel and Procurement, and the business community ’ a vital role in the relationship between the TSA, the Office of Investigations and other entities. As the With more than 25 years’ experience in the security, intelligence and risk assessment industry, Cheryl L. Tyler has developed an expertise in logistical advance, investigative skills, intelligence threat and risk assessment and analysis, and criminal investigations. As a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, Ms. Tyler was a training instructor at the Secret Service Academy and the first woman of color assigned to the Presidential Protective Division, where she served on protective duty for Presidents George H. W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton. She conducted hours of logistical advance work for world leaders’ visits to the United States, events in private and public venues for Presidents, Vice Presidents and dignitaries here and abroad.
She has worked with international government officials, CEOs, celebrity entertainers, sports figures, and more.

 Following the September, 11, 2001 attacks, Ms. Tyler joined forces with several colleagues in the security and intelligence community to work for the newly formed Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where she served as a special Agent in the Office of Internal Affairs and Office of Inspection. While at TSA, Ms. Tyler utilized her training and security expertise to play an integral role in security compliance and airport testing. She is versed in various types of advance technical security equipment, which she used to address the myriad, complicated security challenges confronted daily by our nation’s airports. She has supervised and coordinated numerous covert test teams throughout the U.S., and coordinated and developed budget analysis for testing programs in excess of $1 million. Ms. Tyler also served as the office liaison representative between critical departments within TSA, including General Counsel and Procurement, and the business community ’ a vital role in the relationship between the TSA, the Office of Investigations and other entities. As the office liaison representative, Ms. Tyler oversaw the development of partnerships and joint operations with stakeholders that netted a savings of more than $1.8 million in less than nine months. Under her supervision, theft was down, profits were up and joint ventures continue today. Building on her success in logistical operations, Ms. Tyler later served as a Program Manager in the Office of Internal Affairs/Operations Section for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. There, she was responsible for the day-to-day logistics and coordination of more than 100 field investigations personnel across the nation. Ms. Tyler continues to provide individuals and government entities with security, risk assessment, training, event planning, and management today.

As the office liaison representative, Ms. Tyler oversaw the development of partnerships and joint operations with stakeholders that netted a savings of more than $1.8 million in less than nine months. Under her supervision, theft was down, profits were up and joint ventures continue today. Building on her success in logistical operations, Ms. Tyler later served as a Program Manager in the Office of Internal Affairs/Operations Section for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. There, she was responsible for the day-to-day logistics and coordination of more than 100 field investigations personnel across the nation. Ms. Tyler continues to provide individuals and government entities with security, risk assessment, training, event planning, and management today.

Dorene F. Erhard

Dorene F. Erhard began her career with the Federal Government in New York, New York in 1970, with the then Treasury Department’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division of the
Internal Revenue Service (now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In 1972, she transferred to the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC where she held positions drafting explosives and firearms regulations, overseeing research and development efforts on the tagging of explosive materials, and planning and analysis for the ATF Assistant Director for Law Enforcement.
Ms. Erhard transferred in 1987 to the position of Senior Advisor to the Director of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, charged with overseeing economic sanctions
programs and freezing assets of hostile foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers. This national security and foreign policy-related position was followed in 1999 by service on the newly formed Office of Professional Responsibility assigned to Treasury’s Under Secretary for Enforcement. Her duties included oversight of operations of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Executive Office of Asset Forfeiture; review of departmental studies on the United States Secret Service and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; and service on an interagency working group to develop and implement the Federal Government’s General Counterdrug Intelligence Plan. In 2001, Ms. Erhard was appointed to act as the Chief of Staff to the Acting Under Secretary for Enforcement during the transition from the Clinton to the Bush Administration. Initially expected to be a three-month detail, the term extended to ten months due to delays in the confirmation of the new Treasury Under Secretary. Shortly after the creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) following the tragic events of 9/11, Ms. Erhard transferred to assist in the set-up of the new agency and remained with TSA until her retirement in 2005 as Director of the Office of the Executive Secretariat supporting the TSA Administrator.

In addition to her position on the WIFLE Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, since her retirement, Ms. Erhard has served as Co-Editor of Women in Federal Law Enforcement E-News.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.

Elizabeth M. Casey

Ms. Casey started her career with the federal government in October 1973 with the United States Secret Service (USSS) Personnel Division. From that time until 1986, she worked in
the Staffing and Recruitment Branch and Employee Relations. During this period, she served as the USSS Federal Woman’s Program Manager and became involved with the then titled Interagency Committee on Women in Federal Law Enforcement. She served as Conference Co-Chair for two annual training conferences, as well as the Department of Treasury Chair for the Committee.

Over the years, Ms. Casey served in various positions and assignments at USSS and in May 2001 she was selected and reassigned to the position of Staff Assistant to the
Assistant Director, Office of Human Resources and Training. In March 2002, Ms. Casey transferred to the newly formed Transportation Security Administration as Program
Analyst (Human Resources Liaison), Office of Strategic Manag
ement and Analysis. She retired from federal service in February 2006, but in April returned to work as a federal contractor working for the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Chief Security Officer, as a Security Analyst. Ms. Casey holds a B.A. in Business Administration (Management) from Mount Vernon College (now part of George Washington University) in Washington, DC. She currently serves as co-editor of the quarterly WIFLE E-news.

Helen H. Yu

Dr. Yu earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Texas A&M University’Corpus Christi, teaching core and track courses in the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program. She is an expert on representative bureaucracy, federalism, and management of nonprofit organizations. Her research interests include the recruitment and retention of women in federal law enforcement and policy decision-making in policing.

In December 2014, Dr. Yu retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of service and is a retired Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). She began her law enforcement career in 1996 and held numerous positions to include Supervisory Special Agent, Special Agent in Charge, AFOSI Liaison Officer to HQ Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Deputy Command Counterintelligence Coordinating Authority at United States Pacific Command. She also served
on three deployments in support of Operations JOINT FORGE, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM.

Dr. Yu was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Foundation in July 2012 and subsequently a Board Member in January 2015. In this capacity, she provides consultation to the Foundation on the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in federal law enforcement and education to the criminal justice system and the media of the value that women bring to law enforcement.

Janice Ayala 

Ms. Janice Ayala is the Special Agent in Charge (SAC), of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Antonio, Texas. As such, Ms. Ayala is responsible for one of the largest districts that encompasses 58 counties, over 500 miles of international border between Mexico and the United States, and two Federal Judicial Districts (Western & Southern Districts of Texas). Additionally, HSI San Antonio contains three Customs and Border Protection sectors and responds to some of the busiest and most challenging ports of entry in the country. Human and contraband smuggling, financial and bulk cash smuggling are but a few of the programmatic areas that characterize the work in this area of responsibility. Ms. Ayala has served in several key management positions. In Washington, D.C., Ms. Ayala served as the Assistant Director of Investigative Programs within HSI. In this capacity, Ms. Ayala was responsible for strategic planning, national policy implementation and the development and execution of operational initiatives spanning major investigative program divisions.

Prior to this assignment, Ms. Ayala served as the Assistant Director of Domestic Operations and had previously served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Financial, Narcotics and Public
Safety Division. In both positions, Ms. Ayala had oversight of investigative efforts of over 7,000 HSI special agents assigned to 26 SAC offices, investigating matters related to national security, terrorism, export enforcement, money laundering, drug and bulk-cash smuggling, human smuggling and trafficking, customs fraud, child pornography, and other financial and immigration fraud. Prior to her Headquarters assignment, Ms. Ayala served as Deputy Special Agent in Charge in Laredo, Texas, where she directed investigations conducted by some of the busiest southern border offices in the nation, specifically Laredo, Falcon Dam, McAllen, Harlingen and
Brownsville, Texas. She also served as the Associate SAC and Assistant SAC for HSI San Antonio. Additionally, Ms. Ayala has served as the Resident Agent in Charge and the Acting
Assistant Regional Special Agent in Charge, for the former U.S. Customs Service, Office of Internal Affairs in El Paso, Texas.

Ms. Ayala began her federal service career with the U.S. Customs Service as an Intelligence Research Specialist, first in Mississippi then in Washington, D.C. and later served a four and a half year tour in Puerto Rico, where she was assigned as a Senior Special Agent and Caribbean Liaison Officer. Prior to her federal civilian career, Ms. Ayala served four years in a United States Air Force Intelligence Squadron as a Spanish Linguist and Analyst Reporter. Ms. Ayala serves as the Vice President for the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Executive Committee (WIFLE), is a Lifetime Member of WIFLE, and is a Senior Advisor to the WIFLE Foundation. During Ms. Ayala’s previous stay in Texas, Ms. Ayala was engaged in extensive volunteer work with the Boys and Girls Club, Crime Stoppers of Laredo, and was a Certified Rape Crisis Counselor for the State of Texas.

Margaret H. Coggins

Following a distinguished 32 year career in Federal law enforcement, Dr. Coggins retired from the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) in April, 2012, where she served as a Deputy Assistant Director for 10 years.  When she joined the FAMS in 2002, she was appointed to the Senior Executive Service.  There, she managed and directed numerous programs and divisions, including workforce management, succession planning, executive resources, occupational health, and quality of work life initiatives.  Most recently, Dr. Coggins directed the Office of Workforce Programs, where she also had responsibility for the Ombudsman and Diversity Programs and FAMS operational research initiatives.  

Prior to joining the Federal Air Marshal Service, Dr. Coggins served as a senior manager and researcher for the United States Secret Service.   Dr. Coggins began her career with the Secret Service in 1984 as a staff psychologist.  She was promoted to various positions within the Office of Protective Research where her areas of responsibility included: providing risk assessment research, consultation, and training in support of the Secret Service protective mission, and the study of threatening and high-risk behaviors directed toward the President of the United States. 

Upon her retirement from Federal service, Continuum International named Dr. Coggins as a Managing Director, based in the Washington, DC area, responsible for business development, both in the private and government sectors.  Her new role in the relocation industry applies her extensive experience in law enforcement to the unique requirements of associated agencies and companies that relocate employees domestically and internationally.    

In May, 2012, Dr. Coggins was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Foundation.  In this capacity, she provides consultation to the Foundation and Executive Committee on matters of policy, advocacy, program administration, strategic planning, and executive leadership development. Presently, Dr. Coggins also serves as a consultant and advisor to government and the private sector  in areas of program development and evaluation, risk assessment and threat management, law enforcement/security operations, applied/operations research, policy, workforce planning and management, model workplace programs, organizational behavior and culture, employee wellness, and diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Coggins earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in psychology from the Catholic University of America.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Dickinson College.  In 2001, Dr. Coggins was certified as a Senior Executive by the Office of Personnel Management.  Her work has been published in several scientific journals.
In 2010, Dr. Coggins was awarded the ’Outstanding Advocate for Women in Federal Law Enforcement’ award by the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) organization.  In 2011, Dr. Coggins received  the President’s Award for Leadership and Diversity Excellence, from the Arizona Chapter, National
Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the President’s Commendation for Continued Support and Commitment to Diversity from the National Asian Peace Officers Association.

Val B. Demings 

Val B. Demings was born in Jacksonville to James and Elouise Butler, and the youngest of seven children. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University and her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Webster University. Demings also completed the Southern Police Institute Command Officer's Development Course, and is a graduate of the 226th Session of the FBI National Academy. After working as a social worker in foster care, Demings moved to Orlando in 1983 to attend the Police Academy. She was elected class president, and later received the Board of Trustees Award for overall excellence.

She has worked many assignments throughout her career, including the West Patrol, Criminal Investigation and Crime Prevention divisions, Explorer and Cadet Unit, Public Information Office, Internal Affairs and the Airport Division.
She has also served as the commander of special operations, where she managed special events, dignitary protection, traffic enforcement, traffic homicide, marine patrol, the K-9 and Vehicles for Hire Units, and the Reserve and Auxiliary Units.
Before becoming police chief, Demings served as the bureau commander for Patrol Services, and was responsible for over 300 sworn and civilian personnel.

On Dec. 17, 2007, Demings was appointed by Mayor Buddy Dyer as chief of police for the city of Orlando. She became the city's 36th police chief, and the first woman to ever be appointed to the office. Dyer officially swore in Demings on Jan. 10, 2008. In addition to her regular job assignments, Demings served 12 years on the Crisis Negotiation Team, commander of the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, and executive vice president of the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police.

Ruth M. Mendonca 

U.S. Postal Inspector Ruth M. Mendonca has eighteen years of service, with thirteen years at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and five years with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Inspector Mendonca has held assignments as the national Program Manager for the Inspection Service’s Mail Fraud Program as well as the Cross Border Fraud Program. Prior to these assignments, she was embedded at the U.S. Department of Justice Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section for two years, and served overseas as the Inspection Service Liaison Representative to the European Police Organization in The Hague, Netherlands.

Inspector Mendonca is currently assigned to the Inspection Service Headquarters where she supports two Deputy Chief Postal Inspectors with performance management oversight of ten field divisions. She is the recipient of various awards, including Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, New England Chapter. Inspector Mendonca has served as the Inspection Service national WIFLE representative since 2012.

Featured Women: State

Susan Kyzer

Susan Kyzer has served as the Executive Director for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) since March 1997. Director Kyzer hails from Texas originally, but has spent the last twenty years in Florida and the Bahamas. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Barry University and a Master’s of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University.

She’s also a graduate of the Chief Executive Seminar, Class XX, at the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute. Director Kyzer was most recently elected President for the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) after serving on the Executive Board for five years as Treasurer.

Susan Kyzer’s law enforcement career includes serving as the Planning and Research Director of the Port St. Lucie Police Department for eight years. Her many responsibilities with that agency included managing the accreditation program, developing and overseeing the budget, pursuing and maintaining state and federal grants; and strategic planning for a dynamic and constantly changing organization.

Director Kyzer served as an assessment Team Leader for both national and state accrediting bodies and has been involved in many capacities with accreditation since 1988. She recently returned to assessing nationally, and has been rated as one of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies’ (CALEA) Top Assessors. Susan Kyzer has served as a training instructor, both nationally and statewide, in all aspects of the accreditation process, career development, and budgeting.

Susan Kyzer was one of the founding members of the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition (FLA-PAC). She served on the FLA-PAC Executive Board from 1991 to 2001 in various capacities, and most notably as President from 1994 to 1996. Director Kyzer was one of the original task force members that developed the Florida law enforcement standards for the current state accreditation program. Other committee responsibilities include serving on the national State Accreditation Program Task Force Committee responsible for developing CALEA’s Recognition and Alliance Program between the state and national accrediting bodies.

Susan is serving on CALEA’s Strategic Planning Committee’s ad hoc Performance Measurement Subcommittee charged with identifying performance measures associated with accreditation standards and the SRIC Focus Group charged with reviewing CALEA’s 4th edition standards and accreditation process. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Support Standards Sub-committee of this Focus Group.

Kathleen McKinney

Kathleen began her law enforcement career in 1983 as a dispatcher with the Florida Highway Patrol. In 1984, she attended the Florida Highway Patrol Academy, 71st Recruit Class in Tallahassee, Florida. She was the recipient of the Academy’s Executive Director’s Award for Highest Academic Average. Upon graduation from the Academy she was assigned to Southern Field Operations as a road Trooper back in Miami.

Kathleen worked as a State Trooper for 18 years, apprehending drunk drivers, handling traffic crashes, assisting disabled motorists and educating the public through traffic enforcement. During that time she also participated in uncover operations to combat highway robberies and highway prostitution. She has also assisted on numerous hurricane task forces.

In 2001, Kathleen promoted to the rank of Sergeant and remained in Field Operations in her hometown of Miami. She worked as the Field Training Sergeant mentoring Troopers new to the job. In March of 2005, she transferred to the Florida Highway Patrol Bureau of Investigations and remained in Miami. The Investigations section focuses on driver license fraud, title fraud, identity theft and auto theft.

In October 2005, Kathleen was promoted to Lieutenant and returned to Field Operations in Miami as a Troop Shift Commander. The Troop Shift Commander is responsible for operations during their shift, allocation of personnel and response to high profile incidents.

During November 2008, Kathleen transferred to Monroe County, aka, the Florida Keys.  Kathleen is the Sub-district Commander for Monroe County.  She is responsible for the Florida Highway Patrol station and the supervisors and troopers assigned to Monroe. Given the unique, “small town” community like feel in Monroe County, Kathleen has worked closely with all members of the law enforcement community, from Sheriff Rick Ramsay, leading the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to Federal Law Enforcement partners.  The law enforcement community in Monroe County supports multiagency partnerships and cooperation, with the goal of all agencies providing a safe community for the citizens and visitors to the Florida Keys.

Kathleen Sauter Stevens

Kathleen Sauter Stevens, a Chicago native, began employment with the Illinois State Police in November 1978. She was one of the first 10 women hired as a trooper and was assigned patrol duties in the Chicagoland area. As the second eldest from a working class family, she never anticipated a career as a police officer.

During her 27 year tenure with the ISP, she has served in numerous positions such as patrol Trooper, Public Information Officer, academy instructor, Cadet Class Coordinator, Personnel Bureau Chief, Commander of two field districts and the ISP Academy, and Lieutenant Colonel in the Division of Internal Investigation where she was responsible for overseeing investigations of allegations of wrongdoing of state employees.

She is enthusiastic about her current assignment as Colonel in the Division of Forensic Services because cutting edge technology is changing the role of forensics in the world of crime solving.

Colonel Stevens is a member and leader of various law enforcement and women=s professional associations. Most notably she was the founding President of Illinois Women In Leadership (IWIL) in 2004 in Springfield. She has a Master=s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

She has received numerous awards such as the First Annual IWIL Ruby Award for Excellence in April 2005 and authored the article "The Changing Role of Forensic Science " published in a number of police professional print media.

Featured Women: Local

Stephanie Harding

During a career spanning 23 years in Law Enforcement in Arizona, Stephanie Harding has experience in Field Operations, Firearms, Internal Affairs andTraining. She has received Law Enforcement’s highest honor, the Purple Heart for injury in the line of duty.

Stephanie was the first officer to be promoted to the motorcycle unit, the fugitive investigative unit and the witness protection squad while in Arizona. Stephanie has also served with the United Nations, Department of State and Department of Justice while on assignment’s in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Jordan, Iraq and is currently working with the Abu Dhabi Police Directorate in the United Arab Emirates. In addition Stephanie is a certified instructor for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program with the department of State.

Throughout her career Stephanie has developed curriculum directly for women’s police empowerment as well as starting women’s police networks. Stephanie is regularly asked to speak to the community and Police Conferences on policy and implementation of current police practices effecting women and society.

Roberta A. Abner

Roberta A. Abner is a 33-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department who heads the Department's Internal Investigations Division (IID). Chief Abner's career with the Sheriff's Department began in 1979, where she worked a variety of assignments including Sybil Brand Institute for Women, West Hollywood, Temple and Century Stations, Internal Affairs Bureau, Pitchess Detention Center - East Facility, and Scientific Services Bureau. Upon her promotion to Captain in 1999, she oversaw the operations at Court Services East Bureau, and eventually assumed command of Temple Station. In 2003, Chief Abner was promoted to Commander and was assigned to the Office of the Sheriff as Sheriff Baca's Executive Assistant. She was promoted to the rank of Chief in 2007 and headed the Department's Leadership and Training Division for six years. Chief Abner was selected to head the newly created Internal Investigations Division in March 2013. Chief Abner received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. She also completed the Leadership Southern California program in 1999. In May 2010, Chief Abner graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master's Degree in the Executive Master of Leadership (EML) Program.

Jane Castor

During her 30 years as a Tampa Police officer, Chief Jane Castor has built a reputation for working side-by-side with citizens, neighborhood leaders, activists and business owners to solve crime problems and improve our community. Those strong partnerships are now the foundation of the Department's crime reduction strategy, leading to unprecedented success in making Tampa a safer city.

Since its induction in 2003, Chief Castor's "Focus on Four" crime reduction plan has been the driving force behind Tampa's 65 percent reduction in crime. Chief Castor was elected president of her police academy class and quickly moved through the ranks of the Tampa Police Department. She has served in nearly every capacity: Patrol, Narcotics, Family Violence and Sex Crimes to Criminal Intelligence, the Field Training Program and Administration.

In 2003, then Lieutenant Castor assumed the lead role in the Department of Homeland Security's Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). She has become a pioneer in using homeland security trends in local law enforcement. Her dedication to the community reaches far beyond her role within the Tampa Police Department. Chief Castor serves on numerous boards in our community and continues to work with and mentor at-risk children.

Jane attended the University of Tampa on an athletic scholarship in Basketball and Volleyball, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminology. In 2006, she was inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2010 was the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. Jane also holds a Master's of Public Administration from Troy State University and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.

Most notably, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives named Chief Jane Castor, "Law Enforcement Executive of the Year."

Carol J. Aborn-Koury

Captain Carol Aborn-Khoury was born and raised in Los Angeles and joined the Department in 1983.

Through her years with the Department, she has worked patrol, vice, administration, communications, training and detective assignments.

Captain Aborn Khoury was promoted to Captain in January 2002 and is currently assigned to Planning and Research Division as its' Commanding Officer.

Paula Balafas

Paula Balafas is a 24-year law enforcement veteran, currently employed as a sergeant by the Cherry Hills Village Police Department in Colorado.

Paula’s career in law enforcement began with the Denver Sheriff’s Department in 1989, where she worked as a deputy sheriff. Paula was hired by the Wheat Ridge Police Department as a patrol officer in 1993. She worked patrol from 1993-1999, serving as a Field Training Officer from 1995-1999. Paula became a detective in 1999, working first Property Crimes and then Crimes Against Persons.

It was in 2000 when Paula was invited to attend her first NAWLEE conference, at the behest of a female division chief from Denver PD. It was in Madison, Wisconsin that Paula discovered the magic of NAWLEE, and she was hooked. The training provided at that conference helped make Paula a competitive candidate for her first promotional process just a few months later.

Paula was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2001, the first female promoted in the history of her department. She returned to the patrol bureau as a sergeant from 2001-2005.

In 2005 Paula became the Patrol Administrative Sergeant, supervising the Crime Prevention Team, the Telephone Reporting Unit, and School Resource Officers. Paula did the research and development for the Citizen Police Academy, Telephone Reporting Unit, a summer youth academy called Street Smarts, and she re-instituted the Wheat Ridge Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch, Walk and Watch, and Senior Safety programs.

Paula returned to the Patrol Operations Division in 2009. Collateral assignments during her career have included supervising the liquor enforcement team, serving as a firearms instructor, coordinating the Field Training Program, and acting as the department liaison to the Wheat Ridge Liquor Aurity.

Paula holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Eileen Whalon Behr

Eileen Whalon Behr of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania was appointed to fill the position of Montgomery County Sheriff in May 2011. She is the first woman to hold the position of Sheriff for Montgomery County.

From 1976 to March 2011, Sheriff Behr was a member of the Whitemarsh Township Police Department, Montgomery County, PA. She started her career as a police dispatcher. Over the next 34 years, Sheriff Behr worked in various divisions and specialized areas, including the Traffic and Accident Unit, detectives, Juvenile Division, and serving as a negotiator for the tactical team. In 2003, she was appointed chief of the department. She was the first female to serve as a chief of police in Montgomery County. Sheriff Behr attended LaSalle University, Montgomery County Community College, and Mainline Paralegal Institute. She is certified under the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Training Program. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Susan Benton

Sheriff Susan Benton, a 5th generation Floridian, was born and raised in Miami-Dade County. Following in the footsteps of her great grandfather who served as Chief of Police in St. Augustine, Florida during the early 1920’s, Sheriff Benton has served, with distinction in law enforcement for more than 30 years.

She has served "in the trenches" shoulder-to-shoulder with her fellow deputies and has risen through the ranks by gaining the respect and trust of her colleagues, superiors, agency members, and community.

Sheriff Benton has two grown children and three grand children. Sheriff Benton is Catholic and very active in her community and family.

Gwendolyn Boyd-Savage

Chief Gwendolyn Boyd-Savage began her law enforcement career as a public service aid with the Miami Police Department where she assisted police officers by taking reports from citizens. She became an officer, where she engaged in undercover work throughout Miami.

She then became the first African American female Major at the Miami police department, then the first female assistant Chief. Prior to being named Chief of the North Miami police department, Chief Boyd-Savage served as chief in Prichard, Alabama and Miramar, Florida.

She is the first police chief, male or female, in Florida to hold a doctorate. She has also served as the vice president of administrative services at Florida International University, her alma mater.

Chief Boyd-Savage’s major accomplishments include development of a training course and coordinated interviews and selection of officers for Miami Police Department’s nationally acclaimed Community Policing program and recruitment of minority women officer candidates.

Ellen Brin

Ellen Brin joined the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department in 1986. In 1994, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was appointed Classification Coordinator, where she developed and implemented the Department’s objective classification system. She continued to rise through the ranks and in 2010 was promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy and served as the Custody Division Chief. She is now second in command to Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi since her appointment to Undersheriff in early 2012. Ellen has been a member of the Emergency Services Unit for 24 years and, in that capacity, responded to many major crises including the Loma Prieta earthquake. She is proud to work with such a diverse group of people responsible for the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Department.

Born and raised in Northport, Long Island, Ellen relocated to San Francisco in 1982. She resides with her partner in an historic neighborhood of San Francisco in the home that she thoroughly restored to its original Victorian architecture.

Maurita J. Bryant

Maurita J. Bryant is the Assistant Chief of the Pittsburg Bureau of Police and has served in this role since 2011. She has spent her entire career in law enforcement at the Pittsburg Bureau of Police.

She has served in various capacities from patrol to criminal investigations and risen through the ranks to her current position. In this role, she oversees the investigations branch of the Pittsburg Bureau of Police.

She facilitates a domestic violent prevention program since 2000 and served as Executive Director of Save Our (little) Sisters, a teenage intervention program. In 1999 she founded the Pittsburg Chapter of the National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement.

She holds a BS and MA in Criminal Justice from Point Park University.

Ella M. Bully-Cummings

In more than 20 years with the Detroit Police Department, Police Chief Ella M. Bully-Cummings has held every rank’and in 2003 was appointed by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick as the Department’s first female Assistant Chief. As she moved through the DPD ranks, she also pursued her education, receiving a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Public Administration from Madonna University in 1993 and a Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1998. She was sworn into the State Bar of Michigan in 1998.

Bully-Cummings retired from the Detroit Police Department in July 1999 and entered private law practice. As an associate at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC and Foley & Lardner, Bully-Cummings represented and counseled management in labor and employment discrimination matters involving federal and state discrimination laws.

In 2002, Bully-Cummings returned to the DPD as Assistant Chief commanding the Administrative Portfolio comprised of Management Services, Training, Personnel, Science & Technology, and Risk Management Bureaus.

Bully-Cummings is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, National Bar Association, Wolverine Bar Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.

Bully-Cummings resides in the City of Detroit with her husband, William Cummings.

Andrea J. Cabral

Andrea J. Cabral was sworn in on November 29, 2002 as the 30th Sheriff in the history of Suffolk County. She is the first female in the Commonwealth’s history to hold the position. Sheriff Andrea Cabral is responsible for the operation of the House of Correction, the Suffolk County Jail, the Suffolk County Women’s Resource Center, the Suffolk County Community Corrections Center and the Civil Process Division.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department has more than 1,100 employees comprised of correctional officers, criminal justice professionals, caseworkers and administrative staff whose primary responsibility is upholding public safety and providing rehabilitative support for more than 2,500 offenders daily. The average operating budget for the Department is $100 million.

Sheriff Cabral brings an extensive legal background and a commitment to pubic safety as she begins her term as Sheriff. In her 16-year career in public service, she has a demonstrated a commitment to public safety. Sheriff Cabral began her legal career in 1986 as a staff attorney at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department at the Charles Street Jail, working to prepare and argue motions for bail reduction for the Suffolk Superior Court.

Subsequently, she served as an assistant district attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office from 1987-1991. Sheriff Cabral specifically litigated felony cases in Middlesex Superior Court seeking fair and appropriate sentences for all cases resolved by pleas and arguing pretrial motions for the Court.

Sheriff Cabral served as Cambridge Jury Supervisor and also handled more than 500 cases per year at the Cambridge District Court in the adult and juvenile sessions and investigated, prepared and tried more than 250 misdemeanor and concurrent jurisdiction felony cases. From 1991-1993, Sheriff Cabral served a variety of roles as an attorney at the Office of the Attorney General including work in the Torts Division/ Government Bureau and the Civil Rights/ Public Protection Bureau.

In the civil rights division, Sheriff Cabral successfully investigated six cases of alleged police misconduct and prepared reports for submission to the Attorney General and police chiefs accordingly.

Sheriff Cabral then began work at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in 1993 under then District Attorney Ralph C. Martin III. From 1993-1994, she was director of Roxbury District Court Family Violence Project. As director, she prosecuted domestic violence felony cases (including the nation’s first stalking case) and established new administrative policies and procedures for the processing of such cases in the Roxbury District Court.

In March 1994, Sheriff Cabral became chief of the Domestic Violence Unit at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. She supervised district and superior court staff in preparation and prosecution of domestic violence cases as chief of the unit. Additionally, she actively investigated, indicted and prosecuted major violent felonies in Suffolk Superior Court. In 1998, Sheriff Cabral was promoted to chief of District Courts and Community Prosecutions.

In this position, she effectively developed policy, staff supervision, training case management and administration in Suffolk County’s eight district courts and the Boston Municipal Court. Sheriff Cabral also oversaw the staffing and supervision of all district court community prosecutions, which included the Safe Neighborhood Initiatives and Prosecutor in Police Stations (PIPS) Programs.

Sheriff Cabral’s published works include Obtaining, Enforcing and Defending x.209A Restraining Orders in Massachusetts and co-authored Same Gender Domestic Violence: Strategies for Change in Creating Courtroom Accessibility. She has also participated in several legal forums sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and the Boston Bar Association.

Sheriff Cabral is a graduate of Boston College (1981) with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Suffolk University Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1986. She is a resident of Jamaica Plain.

Sheilah Coley

Sheilah Coley is the first female police chief of Newark, New Jersey. She has served in this role since August 2011 after 22 years of law enforcement experience in Newark. For more information see here.

Pamela Davis

Pamela Davis is the first female police chief for the Ann Arundel county police Department in Maryland. She has served as chief since July 2012. For more information see here.

Cassandra Deck-Brown

Cassandra Deck-Brown is the current Chief of Police for Raleigh, NC. She is the first Africa-American woman to hold this position. She is a 25 year veteran of the Raleigh Police Department. Upon joining in 1987, she worked her way through the ranks and was made detective in 1994, Sergeant in 1997, Lieutenant in 20002, Captain in 2003, and Major in 2006, when she assumed leadership of the Police Departments Administrative Services Division. She was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2011 and became Chief of Police October 1, 2011.

Barbara Duncan

Chief Barbara Duncan has been the police chief in Salisbury, MD since 2010. Prior to this, she served as Chief of Police in Mount Vernon, New York since 2008. She has been in law enforcement for 21 years ’ with 14 years spent in an executive leadership role.

Since 1989 she served as a police officer for the City of Mount Vernon and created and implemented a Bicycle Patrol Unit, served as patrol Sergeant with overlapping duties to Organized Crime/ Internal Affairs. Mrs. Duncan was instrumental in creating the Citizen Police Academy. She created a physical fitness component for the Probationary Police Officer in-house training segment. She also restructured and enhanced the department’s firearms training program by transitioning from static line firing to reality-based training.

Margaret Fischer

Margaret A. (Penny) Fischer is a lieutenant with the Michigan State University Police Department and is the university’s designated Emergency Management Coordinator.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Science degree from Michigan State University in the area of Criminal Justice. She attained her Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1995 and was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in the same year.

In her duties within the Operational Support Division of the police department she is currently working on emergency planning and creating a unique interdisciplinary committee within each building comprising key academic faculty or researchers with police, fire, building maintenance and evacuation team members to address short and long term protection for vital research initiatives at the university.

She has served on various committees including the Women’s Advisory Committee to the Vice President for Finance and Operations, Anti-Discrimination Judicial Board and the Human Resource Mentoring Initiative Committee for Support Staff. She has made presentations to a number of organizations on mentoring and created a mentoring program in her department to promote retention and recruitment efforts, one of the first of its kind in Michigan for law enforcement.

Lt. Fischer has been a member of NAWLEE for five years and has attended five annual conferences since 1999. In 2002, she was named the Mentoring Program Coordinator and held that position until 2004, when she was elected to the Executive Board as Treasurer.

Lt. Fischer instructs around the country on a variety of topics, including mentoring and has authored articles on training issues and legal decisions for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

She is also a member of a Legal Instructors Cadre for the State of Michigan that meets to discuss legal training issues for all of the state’s police academies and is working with the Michigan Council on Law Enforcement Standards (M-COLES) to update the testing procedures for law enforcement academy recruits on legal issues.

She currently writes a legal update article for NAWLEE’s newsletter on a quarterly basis.

Margo Frasier

In a profession that generally raises images of pistol-packing tough guys, Goebler thought Frasier would have two things working against her: She's a woman, and she's gay. But Frasier won the election, and she has used both to her benefit. Frasier, whose last day at her $102,000-a-year job was Friday, is credited with altering mind-sets in her conservative department. She also is praised for introducing community policing to rural Travis County, bringing the jails to state standards for the first time in a decade and adding millions of dollars in new equipment.

During her first campaign and in the months after her election, Frasier consistently declined to talk publicly about her sexuality. While the gay press wrote stories about her status as a gay officeholder in conservative Texas, Frasier would not discuss the matter with reporters; she told one newspaper reporter that "a person's private life should be just that."

But during her two terms in office, Frasier has evolved from declining public comment to publicly embracing her sexuality. She talks about being an adoptive mother and having a significant other. Today, Frasier downplays any suggestion that her public stance about her sexuality has changed. She says she didn't try to hide it -- in fact, she says that when she first ran for sheriff, she honestly answered a radio talk show caller who asked whether she was gay.

But she never thought it was important to her role as sheriff. " I didn't feel it was honest to try to create a facade," she said. "My feeling was that if people started talking about my sexual orientation, that meant they were scared and knew they were whipped."

Frasier's successor, Greg Hamilton, the county's first African American sheriff, will take office in early January.

Patty Jaye Garrett Patterson

Patty Jaye Garrett Patterson was born January 21, 1960 in Bangor, Maine. The daughter of the late Ret/MSGT Lorenzo "Lonnie" L. and Clara C. Garrett residents of Sumter, South Carolina. Her parents came to Shaw AFB in June, 1973 making her a Sumter County resident since 1973.

She is the wife of Wendell Brunson Patterson of Marion, SC and the parents of a precious fourteen-year-old daughter, Anastasia Elizabeth. Patty Jaye is an experienced instructor, orator, investigator, lecturer, and administrator with sound leadership skills and character. Additionally, God has blessed her with a singing voice of solo quality.

First female Chief of Police in the history of the City of Sumter, as well as the first African-American Chief of Police. She was publically appointed in April and officially sworn in July 1, 2001, to become the first female Chief of Police for a metropolitan city in the state of South Carolina.

She has Law Enforcement tenure of 32 years with a diverse background in policing. She is one of South Carolina's highest-ranking female officers for a law enforcement police agency.

Chief Ellen Hanson

Chief Ellen Hanson recently retired from the Lenexa, Kansas Police Department where she has served for 37 years. She began her career as a patrol officer and was later transferred to the Investigations Division where she served as a detective and later as the commander of that unit. Before being named Chief of Police in 1991, she served as commander of the Patrol Division and Deputy Chief. She is a 1980 graduate of the FBI National Academy and past president of the Johnson County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association and the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association.

She currently serves as the Parliamentarian of the IACP Patrol and Tactical Committee and the DARE America Law Enforcement Advisory Board. Chief Hanson has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Kansas University and a Masters Degree in Management Science from Baker University. In 1996, she was named the Clarence M. Kelley Law Enforcement Administrator of the year and the Outstanding Graduate Student in the School of Liberal Arts at Baker University in 1990. Most recently, in 2010, Chief Hanson was named the Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.

Janee Harteau

Janee Harteau is the first female, openly gay police chief of Minneapolis. She has served in this role since December 2012.  For more information see here.

Sandra Hutchens

Sandra Hutchens is the current Sheriff-Coroner of Orange County, CA and the first woman to serve in this role. She was appointed to this position on June 10, 2008 and elected in June 2010. Prior to this she served as division chief within the Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department. A life-long resident of Southern California, Sherriff Hutchens graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach. Shortly after this she was hired as a secretary of the Los Angles Sheriff’s Department, where she eventually applied for a deputy position. In 1978 she graduated from the Academy. In her 30-year career she has participated in counterterrorism training in Israel, FBI National Academy training, and participation in the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Program at Harvard University.

Kim Jacobs

Kim Jacobs is the chief of police for the Columbus, OH police department. She was the first woman to serve as Commander and later Deputy Chief of Police. She has served as the Chief of police since 2012, the first woman to do so. For more information see here.

Cathy L. Lanier

Cathy L. Lanier was named Chief of Metropolitan Police Department by DC Mayor Adrian Fenty. She officially assumed the leadership position on January 2, 2007. On April 3, 2007, members of DC Council approved confirmation.

Chief Lanier has spent her entire law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Police Department, beginning in 1990. Most of her career has been in uniformed patrol, where she served as Commander of the Fourth District, one of the largest and most diverse residential patrol districts in the city. She also served as the Commanding Officer of the Department's Major Narcotics Branch and Vehicular Homicide Units.

More recently, Chief Lanier served as Commander of the Special Operations Division (SOD) for four years, where she managed the Emergency Response Team, Aviation and Harbor Units, Horse Mounted and Canine Units, Special Events/Dignitary Protection Branch, and Civil Disturbance Units. During her tenure as SOD Commander, she established the agency’s first Homeland Security/Counter-Terrorism Branch and created an agency-wide chemical, biological, radiological response unit known as the Special Threat Action Team.

In 2006, the MPDC's Office of Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism (OHSCT) was created, and Chief Lanier was tapped to be its first Commanding Officer. A highly respected professional in the areas of homeland security and community policing, she took the lead role in developing and implementing coordinated counter-terrorism strategies for all units within the MPDC and launched Operation TIPP (Terrorist Incident Prevention Program).

Chief Lanier is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy. She holds Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master's Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She is certified at the technician level in Hazardous Materials Operations.

Rhonda L. Lawson

Rhonda L. Lawson is a native of Washington, D.C. who attended Northland College, in Ashland Wisconsin, and is a graduate of University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Rhonda is a 2006, graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s Police Staff and Command School where she served as the Vice-President.

Rhonda began her law enforcement career in Forest Hill, Texas as a Patrol Officer in 1993. As an Officer, she worked in Patrol, Community Policing, and Crime Prevention. In 1997, Rhonda joined the Texas Department of Public Safety and worked as a Highway Patrol Trooper before her promotion to Sergeant in 2001, and Lieutenant in 2004. In 2008, Rhonda promoted to Captain, becoming the first female Field Highway Patrol Captain since the agency was created in 1935.

In October 2012, Rhonda transferred to the Division of Emergency Management and is currently assigned as a Captain in Emergency Operations. The Department’s Division of Emergency Management is situated at the State Operations Center in Austin. This Division is charged with carrying out a comprehensive, all hazards emergency management program for the state and for assisting cities, counties, and state agencies in planning and implementing their emergency management programs.

Dawn Layman

Dawn Layman is a Major with the Lenexa Kansas Police Department where she is currently assigned to the Staff Services Division. She is responsible for Disaptch/Communictions, Radio Technicians, Public Service Officers and Police Department Information Technology. Prior to that assignment, she served as a Lieutenant in the Patrol Division and was responsible for Field Training Program, Bike Patrol Unit, Directed Patrol Unit, Recruiting and Hiring, Defensive Tactics, and the Professional Development Program. Dawn also serves on the Advisory Board for the ITT Technical Institute School of Criminal Justice.

She has served as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division supervising the Field Training Unit, Bike Patrol Unit, Directed Patrol Unit, Mentoring Program, Professional Development Program and Fleet Vehicle Management. She has served on promotional boards within and outside her department. Dawn was also previously assigned as a detective in the Investigative Services Bureau where she worked cases involving both property and persons crimes.

Prior to coming to Lenexa Dawn was a police officer with the West Chester University (PA) Police Department. She also was a part time police officer with both the East Fallowfield and Kennett Square Borough (PA) police departments.

During her career, Dawn has been part of the following Task Forces: Kansas City Metro Squad Investigator, Johnson County Rape Evidence Collection Team, Chester County Drug Task Force, Chester County Child Abuse Task Force and the Chester County DUI Task Force. Dawn is a member of the following professional organizations: National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (currently serving as Immediate Past President), International Association Chiefs of Police, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, International Association of Women in Law Enforcement and the Kansas Peace Officers Association.

Dawn earned her Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and was a member of the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from West Chester University (PA).

She currently holds twelve credit hours towards her PhD in Criminal Justice. Dawn is a graduate of the FBI National Academy session #251. She is currently part of the Innovation Team of the BJA Executive Session on Police Leadership.

Dawn has taught classes and conducted presentations on the following topics: Professional Development, Excellence in the Field Training Program, Introduction to Forensic Science, Citizens Police Academy ’ Responding to Crimes in Progress, Police Bike Patrol, Professional Development, Mentoring, Case Building and Report Writing, and the John Robinson Serial Murder Case.


Donna Lusczynski

Colonel Donna Lusczynski joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in 1991. She began her career as a patrol deputy and advanced through the ranks to her current position. She has served in crimes, narcotics, vice, and internal affairs. Colonel Lusczynski earned her stripes as a sergeant as was assigned to the Juvenile Services section of the Criminal Investigations Division. She then served in the Child Protective Investigations Division. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from the University of Tampa and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University and has graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Rosanne Manghisi

Rosanne "Roe" Manghisi took the helm as NAWLEE's new Executive Director on June 1st, 2011. Roe also serves as the Senior Vice-President - Chief of Staff for SOS Security Incorporated. A retired Captain from the New Jersey State Police, Roe is a law enforcement professional with 26 years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience.

Her background reflects accomplishments in special operations, investigations, intelligence, undercover operations, security operations, training, policy, and executive management. Prior to her retirement, she was assigned as a Captain in the Special Operations Section and Emergency Management Section of the Homeland Security Branch, and also served as the Chief of Staff to the Superintendent.

Roe has had a diverse career within the State Police and has been cited numerous times for her undercover work in both Organized Crime and Narcotics. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University and Thomas Edison State College.

Some of Roe's professional affiliations include: FBI National Academy Associates, International Association of Chiefs of Police (Medical Guidelines Board Member), Lawrenceville Public Safety Advisory Board Member, Vice-Chair of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) Central NJ Chapter, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement (MAAWLE), Lady Blue & Gold of the NJ State Police, and TOP COP Awards Selection Committee.

Roe volunteers her free time to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Special Olympics, Home-Front of NJ, and is President of the Sue Stevens Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to high school students.


Felicia H. McAdoo

Felicia H. McAdoo is Chief Deputy Sheriff of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and is the highest ranking female officer. She began her career in 1986 as a security officer and has served in many levels of supervision including Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, and Detention Commander, until her selection to Chief Deputy in 2008. Some of her previous areas of experience include work release, arrest processing, facility development, Office of Professional Compliance (internal affairs), field services, and the Courts Division.

McAdoo attended Rutledge College, Gaston College and is a graduate of The Administrative Officer’s Management Program at North Carolina State University. She is a member of the American Correctional Association, National Sheriff’s Association, North Carolina Sheriff’s Association, and North Carolina Jail Administrators Association. She also serves as a mentor for Mecklenburg County’s Leadership Education and Development program, is Chairperson of the Sheriff’s Employee of the Month Committee and is a Police Activities League board member. McAdoo is a Charlotte native and is married with three teenagers.

Terri McDonald

Terri McDonald is Assistant Sheriff of LA County. Assistant Sheriff McDonald's career in law enforcement began in 1988 as a Correctional Officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. During her tenure with the CDCR, rose through the ranks of the Department, working as an Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, including Captain at Folsom State Prison, Associate Warden, Chief Deputy Warden, Division Chief, Chief Deputy Secretary and Undersecretary. Additionally, she oversaw the Statewide Classification Unit, Statewide Population Management Unit, assisted in revamping the correctional officer academy, oversaw and activated out-of-state prisons with California inmates. Prior to her employment with our Department, Assistant Sheriff McDonald oversaw California's state prisons, juvenile justice, gang unit, fugitive apprehension unit, victim services, rehabilitative programming and the Ombudsman's office Assistant Sheriff McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership in Law Enforcement, graduating with Honors, from the University of San Francisco.

Joan T. McNamara

Joan T. McNamara, Senior Consultant is a 28 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Commander McNamara's (retired) accomplished career has been recognized by numerous awards of distinction such as the National Intelligence Superior Public Service Medal by the Director of National Intelligence for ’significant accomplishments and the material advancement of suspicious activity reporting programs locally and nationally’. She is a nationally recognized speaker and content expert on suspicious activity.

During Commander McNamara’s exceptional career of police work, she served in a wide range of operational, investigative, administrative and command positions. Her deep seeded passion to make communities safe fostered many pioneering interventions, and partnerships, engaging communities members and others to work together. She also leveraged existing state and federal agencies to insure the sustainability of community efforts.

As the Commander of the LAPD Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, she spearheaded activities in the area of Intelligence-Led Policing. She developed a system of suspicious activity reporting that became the model for the national initiative. This comprehensive system of police training, analytics, partnerships, reporting and community engagement has been adopted by federal agencies and police departments nationwide. A key part of this strategy was a landmark web based reporting site for See Something Say SomethingTM - ’’ - which was developed to make it possible for community members to join in the synthesis of information and the prevention of terrorism in their communities.

Since retiring, the Commander continues her commitment to keeping communities safe both domestically and internationally. She is an important resource to national and federal agencies on evolving strategies for crime and terrorism prevention, as well as to local police jurisdictions on building capacity within their departments.

Commander McNamara is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 211 and several other nationally recognized executive leadership programs.

Jeanne Miller

Jeanne Miller never set out to be a builder, but that’s what she became. Not only did she build a team approach to policing in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, where she has been chief since March 1994, she also convinced her city council to build a new police headquarters for her 50-sworn officer and 18-civilian personnel department.

When Miller told the council members that they had to build for the future of the fewer than 50,000-person community and its police force, she was merely applying to her police department the future-oriented approach she has taken to her life. Miller’s career in policing began in 1973 with the Detroit Police Department. In December 1991 she took early retirement as a lieutenant to become the assistant superintendent of operations for the Peoria, Illinois, Police Department, before moving to her present position.

Miller has made good on her promise to the citizens of Reynoldsburg. When she took the job as chief, the married mother of two young daughters said she wanted to ’take the department into the 21st century’ but that she was also looking for a place for her husband, also a retired Detroit cop, and girls to settle because ’family comes first; it’s not good for my daughters for me moving around to a new place every few years.’

At the time, her daughters were in the third and fifth grades, and she said her long-term plans were for them to graduate from high school in the community she selected. Both did and are now in college. Although neither is interested in police work, both are dating young men whose fathers are or were police officers. Family continues to come first for Chief Miller, who, aware of the high divorce rates among police couples, stressed that not only did she fulfill her wish for her children, she has remained married to the same man throughout her career moves.

Almost 10 years after her move to Reynoldsburg, her plan for her family was just as successful as her plans for the department, which in June 2000 broke ground for a new police facility, formally named the City of Reynoldsburg Public Safety Building, which opened at the end of 2001. Even the name is future oriented; it was changed from the original police department name, she said, ’in case other offices need to be located in the facility as growth spreads throughout the city.’ Miller, who had presented five options to the city council when the idea for a new facility emerged, saw Reynoldsburg as a place that would grow for the same reasons her family selected it’it is an idyllic bedroom community that is home to the distribution centers of Victoria Secret and Bath & Body Works.

Whether it would be another 10 or even 20 years, she envisioned a community that would one day need as many as 75 or 100 police officers. Sounding like the holder of a graduate degree in public administration that she is, Miller described the growth rate of police officers as 1.5 per every additional 1,000 residents, and reminded the council that planning for the future is not a highly developed government skill. Her logic and her commitment to the community won them over; the plan that was selected was the most ambitious of the five options.

Margaret Mims

Margaret Mims is the current Sheriff of Fresno county and the first woman to hold this position. She has held this position since November 2006, when she was first elected. She was also the first female deputy sheriff Sergeant to supervise field patrol units; the first female deputy sheriff to attain the rank of Lieutenant, Captain, and Assistant Sheriff. Margaret is a member of the Fresno Cultural Arts Rotary Club, the Caruthers Kiwanis Club and is on the Board of Directors of the Marjoree Mason Center, a local women's shelter. She has served as a past member of the Fresno County Rape Counseling Service Board of Directors. She is a member of the California Peace Officers' Association, the California State Sheriffs' Association, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University, and has her Masters Degree in Public Administration from National University. She is a graduate of California POST's (Peace Officer Standards & Training) Supervisory Leadership Institute and she is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police coordinated through Boston University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Michelle Nuneville

Commander Nuneville has been with the Arlington County Police Department for 19 years. Currently serves as Commander of the Emergency Communications Center. Over the years, have worked in a variety of different assignments, including Research and Development, Criminal Investigations Division, Human Resources Management Section and Patrol Operations.

Graduated in 1984 from York College of Pennsylvania, York PA, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Police Science.

Graduate of the FBI National Academy, 201 Session Graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum.

Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Public Administration at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police

Member of the FBI National Academy Associates, Virginia Chapter

Member of the National Association of Women in Law Enforcement

Member of APCO International

Barbara O’Connor

Chief Barbara O’Connor has over 30 years of law enforcement experience working in both municipal and campus environments. Chief O’Connor began her career in Massachusetts serving with the Yarmouth Police department and eventually moved to the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) Police Department. At UMass Chief O’Connor progressed through the ranks serving as an Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Deputy Chief before being appointed Chief of Police in October of 2001.

Her additional leadership roles include serving at the University of University Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she was appointed as the Executive Director of Public Safety. In this role she supervised and led the University Police Department, Emergency Planning and the Police Training Institute (PTI).

Chief O’Connor was recently appointed as the Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for the University of Connecticut.

At UConn, Chief O’Connor oversees a staff of 200 employees which includes police, fire and EMS services at the Storrs and regional campuses as well as the University of Connecticut Health Center located in Farmington.

Chief O’Connor has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Master’s in Labor Studies, and a Juris Doctorate. She is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts.

Jobeth Patterson

Jobeth Patterson is the Chief of police in Hornersville, Missouri. She is the first woman to serve in this role. For more information see here.

Vicky M. Peltzer Stormo

Vicky M. Peltzer Stormo started her law enforcement career in 1979. She currently serves as the Chief of Police at the University of Washington in Seattle, a fully accredited law enforcement agency. The 52 commissioned officers of the University of Washington Police Department oversee 640 acres with a service population of 62,000 people.

The University of Washington police are faced with many challenges including activism in the Northwest that has led to the WTO riots and arson of the Urban Horticulture Center, dignitary protection, managing football games with 74,000 screaming Husky fans, a top ten Medical Center and Health Sciences department, and a major research institution.

Chief Stormo has served as the Chief at the University of Washington since August of 1999. She retired from the Albuquerque Police Department at the rank of lieutenant to take the chief's job in Seattle.

While in Albuquerque, she worked in many facets of the department, including patrol, detectives, civil litigation, operations review, watch commander, communications center commander, and recruiting and selection. She was credited with increasing the number of women applicants from 8% to 25% while serving as the Recruitment and Selection commander and has spoken nationally about the strategy used to attract women along with the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Sciences (IWITTS).

In her law enforcement career, she was the Officer of the Month in her rookie year, was featured on Paul Harvey for solving a series of armed robberies utilizing computers when it was new to law enforcement, and has received the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women Trailblazer award and the YWCA Woman on the Move award.

Chief Stormo has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from the University of Albuquerque and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. She was a state certified instructor in New Mexico and served as a subject matter expert for assessment centers.

Chief Stormo and the University of Washington Police Department hosted the 7th annual NAWLEE conference in Seattle.

Monica E. Ray

Deputy Chief Monica Ray was appointed to the Milwaukee Police Department on April 16, 1984. Originally from Hammond, Indiana. Deputy Chief Ray came to Milwaukee after high school in 1975 to attend Marquette University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1979.

She worked with victims of domestic violence prior to joining the police force. Deputy Chief Ray's experience includes service in the Districts Two and Seven, Gambling Unit, Undercover Narcotics, Drug Abatement Unit, Sexual Assault Unit and the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Group.

Deputy Chief Ray was promoted to Detective in 1990, Lieutenant of Detectives in 1993 becoming the first female supervisor in the history of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, Captain in 1995, and Deputy Inspector in 1996.

She currently holds the rank of Deputy Chief of the Special Operations Bureau where she directs the daily operations of the Criminal Intelligence Division, Vice Control Division, Patrol Support Division, Special Assignment Division and Planning and Operations Unit.

She has a Masters Degree in Public Service-Justice Administration from Marquette University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Tammie Reeder

Tammie Reeder was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to beginning a Law Enforcement career in 1990, Tammie served 4 years in the United States Army. She served as a Psychiatric Specialist in Army hospitals on the military bases of Ft. Dix, New Jersey, and Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Tammie is in her twenty-third year with the Oklahoma City Police Department. She is currently a Patrol Supervisor for the Operations Bureau. Tammie has served as an Administrative Supervisor in the Logistical Support Unit, overseeing duties at the Oklahoma County Jail, which is a shared facility with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Tammie has also been involved with the Field Training Program for Oklahoma City Police Department since 1994 and is currently an active supervisor in the Field Training Program which includes FTO Assessment Boards for those officers seeking a position as an FTO.

In 2009, Tammie created a database to track homeless citizens of Oklahoma City. Each time an Oklahoma City officer encounters a homeless person, that person’s race and sex are recorded and photographs are taken of any tattoos or other identifying marks. Officers also ask for information about the person’s next of kin in case an emergency arises. Tammie recently implemented the ’Justice for a Cure’ project in the state of Oklahoma, which became the second state in the nation in which members of law enforcement participate in the fight against breast cancer.

Tammie is an active member of the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Honor Guard Unit and a member of Oklahoma Women in Law Enforcement.

Tammie is a member of HEART 911 founded by Ground Zero Commander Bill Keegan. Tammie holds an Associate’s Degree in Police Science from Oklahoma State University (OKC), and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Cameron University.

Cynthia Renaud

Cynthia Renaud is the first female chief of police for Folsom, California. She has served as Chief since May 2011. For more information see here.

Jayne Thomas Rich

The first woman and first person of color to serve as the coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program, Jayne Thomas Rich retired from the Criminal Justice Program of Atlantic Cape Community College in 2001 after serving for 15 years.

She was also the Chief of Police of Montclair State College (now University) from 1978 until 1986. Dr. Rich was the first woman appointed chief of police in New Jersey. While chief, she hired the first Hispanic officers on the force.

She has served as consultant faculty at Thomas Edison State College since 1995 and in 1977 founded Jay Rich Associates where she lectures on crime prevention, vicitimization and sexual harassment. Dr. Rich has been a senior associate at the Univeristy Research Corporation in Washington, DC, where she was part of a team developing and delivering workshops on Rape and Its Victims.

She has also been a human rights investigator for Montogomery County, Md., and was the first woman of color to be appointed Chief of Police at Georgetown University.

She served as a police officer for Washington DC's Metropolitan Police Department from 1953 until 1972. She was the first woman of color to reach the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant in the department's history. Dr. Rich was also the first woman to attain a place on the promotional list to Captain.

She has written "Take Care: Common Sense in Self Defense for Today's Woman," published by the University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Rockett

Susan Rockett began her law enforcement career with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Sikeston Missouri. There she served double duty as a Police Officer and Fire Fighter. She held positions on the Field Training Team, Special Operations Group, Community Policing Team, and Bicycle Patrol.

Her Fire Fighting duties included fire fighter, and Fire Investigator. Susan served as a sergeant in Patrol and Fire Divisions. Her last assignment was Sergeant of Detectives. While in this assignment her Detective Bureau closed down one of the largest counterfeit products operations to be caught at that time.

Susan served as the Assistant Chief of Police in Charleston (MO) Public Safety, before going to the Chicago area in 2002 where she currently, serves as the Assistant Chief of Police in Calumet Park Illinois.

Approximately two months after coming to Calumet Park, she received a Departmental Commendation for Life Saving after talking a suicidal subject off of an interstate overpass. Susan completed the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (Class 194) in 2004.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, Florida and received the Master of Divinity degree from Anderson University School of Theology, Anderson Indiana.

Trish Sanchez

Trish Sanchez is Assistant Sheriff of San Mateo County, CA. She is the first woman to serve in this role as well as the woman in the department to rise to the rank of captain. A graduate of Woodside High School, Sanchez worked in the restaurant business while attending the College of San Mateo. Two seminal events spurred the realization that she wanted to do more; She attended a career day at the county fairgrounds and accompanying an uncle, who was a Los Angeles police sergeant, on ride-a-longs, according to the Sheriff’s Office.Sanchez became a reserve officer with the Sheriff’s Office and soon went to work full-time as a patrol deputy working the areas of Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Woodside, and our coastal communities. During that time, Sanchez attended school and earned both a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in leadership, according to the department, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Janie Schutz

Janie Schutz is the first female police chief of the Forest Grove, Oregon Police Department. She has served in this role since 2012. For more information see here.

Jacqueline Seabrooks

Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks is the chief of the Santa Monica Police Department. She is the first woman to serve as Police sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain in the Santa Monica Police Department and the first female Chief of Police for the city of Inglewood before rejoining the Santa Monica force. For more information see here.

Laurie Smith

Laurie Smith is the Sherriff of Santa Clara County, CA, and is the first female County Sheriff in the history of California She began her career at the Sheriff’s Office in 1973 as a Matron in the county jail. She then became the first female permanent undercover vice cop. She then served as commander over the jails In 1990 she was promoted to Assistant Sheriff and was elected to Sheriff of Santa Clara County in 1998. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Management from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a graduate of the California Command College and of the FBI Academy.

Karen Soley

Capt. Karen Soley joined the UW-Madison Police Department in 1993 as a patrol officer. In 1999 she was promoted to patrol sergeant and in 2002 she was promoted to lieutenant and served in the areas of Human Resources & Training and Detective & Day Patrol operations.

In 2007 she became the Captain of Field Services. She served on the University’s multi-disciplinary Intervention Team dealing with trouble students from its inception in 2004 until 2007.

From 2007-2011 she was the co-chair of the multi-disciplinary Threat Assessment Response Team dealing with potential violent threats from students, staff, faculty or non-affiliated persons. Her current assignment is the Support Services Captain overseeing Information Technology, Communications Center, Personnel, Recruiting, Business Services, and Fleet.

Karen has a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from UW-Eau Claire and is a 2002 graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s Police Staff and Command School where she was the class president.

In addition Karen has attended the Gavin De Becker Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy. She has trained UW-Madison police officers in basic threat assessment investigations. She has presented on college threat assessment teams at the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals 2011 Chicago Regional Conference.

Karen has been a member of NAWLEE since 2000. She served as the Publications Chair from 2005 ’ 2009. In 2009 she was elected as the Secretary for NAWLEE and continues to serve in that role.

Karen is also a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, International Association of Women Police and the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers Association.


Sandra Spagnoli

A twenty year law enforcement veteran, Chief Sandra Spagnoli is the Chief of Police in San Leandro, CA. Prior to this, she served as Chief of Police of Benicia, CA. She served in this role for four Prior to that, she was with the San Carlos Police Department for sixteen years, the last eight as a commander. Chief Spagnoli has an extensive record of accomplishments in law enforcement, including community policing, technology, organizational development, and service sharing and consolidation. In her tenure with the San Carlos Police Department, Spagnoli received the Public Technology Institute Achievement Award for her efforts in advancing technology within SCPD.

Chief Spagnoli is a graduate of both the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Police Command College and the FBI National Academy. She holds a Bachelors degree in Human Services Management, and a Masters of Public Administration degree in Human Resource Management, both from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA. Chief Spagnoli is an instructor at the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Point Leadership Academy. She also serves on a POST Advisory Committee and is the First Vice President for the California Peace Officers Association.

Eva Talley-Sanders

Colonel Eva Talley-Sanders is currently the Chief Deputy for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. She joined the office as a Correctional Officer in the jail in 1985. She has held the ranks of Deputy, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, and Deputy Chief of the Jail Division. She has also served as Commander of Special Investigations, Budget, Finance, Criminal Intelligence, Planning and Research, and Special Deputies. Chief Talley-Sanders holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a graduate f the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

Lianne Tuomey

Captain Lianne Tuomey is a 20-year veteran police officer having served in all facets of policing. Her first love is patrol and she stays active by participating in roadwork. She retired from the Burlington Vermont Police Department as a Lieutenant to pursue career opportunities with the University of Vermont Police Services.

In her leadership position as Captain (Assistant Chief) Lianne is responsible for all police and service operations at the department. Some of those responsibilities include patrol, investigative services, professional standards/internal affairs, crime prevention and the civilian Service Officer Corps. In the course of her career, Captain Tuomey has been awarded the Medal of Valor, the Medal of Lifesaving, the Crisis Negotiator Award, the Meritorious Service medal and in 2002 her current department members honored Lianne by nominating her to receive the department’s Leadership Award.

Captain Tuomey is an adjunct instructor at the Vermont Police Academy where she teaches, coaches and mentors new officers in patrol procedures, firearms/use of force, crisis intervention, and communication/negotiation skills. She has been an adjunct professor at Norwich University and is a recognized expert and lecturer nationally and internationally in Critical Incident Stress Management.

Lianne is also a CALEA assessor and has lectured at regional conferences on topics such as promotional and hiring processes. Captain Tuomey also instructs in-service courses on dealing with emotionally disturbed persons, Mobil Field Force operations and interviewing for selection and hiring of police candidates.

Captain Tuomey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy where she served as her section’s leader, and has been asked to guest lecture at the FBI National Academy on critical incident stress management programs and hate crime case analysis and profiling.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on system and organizational dynamics of human service providers.

Captain Tuomey has been a member of NAWLEE since 1999 and has served since 2001 as the Chair of the Mentoring Advisory Board. Her personal and professional mission statement is, ’To challenge myself, and inspire others to seek our full potential, individually and collectively in attaining our goals -- To be of public service.’ She looks forward to being of service to NAWLEE in the next year and to collectively meeting the current and future leadership challenges in law enforcement.

RoseMary Wahl

Undersheriff RoseMary Wahl is the first woman to serve in this role for Kern County. She began her career as a typist clerk. Throughout her 28 year career, Undersheriff Wahl has promoted through the ranks of Sheriff’s Aide, Deputy Sheriff, Senior Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant, Commander, Chief Deputy and Undersheriff. Undersheriff Wahl was selected for this position based on her extensive and varied experience working in all bureaus of the Sheriff’s Office.

Carolyn Welsh

Carolyn ’Bunny’ Welsh is the current Sheriff of Chester County, Pennsylvania. She is the first woman to be elected Sheriff of Chester County.

She is also the first woman to be elected class president at the National Sheriffs Institute at the Department of Corrections in Longmont Colorado.

She has received the ’Breaking the Glass Ceiling’ award from the National Center for Women in Policing in 2002. Under her leadership the Chester County Sheriff’s office has received numerous awards and recognitions.

Cynthia A. Williams

Chief Cynthia (Cindy) Williams graduated from the Florida Highway Patrol’s 76th recruit class in August of 1986 and was stationed in Orlando, Florida - Troop D.  She served on the Troop D’s DUI Task Force from 1988-1993 and the Community Policing Unit from 1996-1998.  In January of 2000, she was promoted to Traffic Homicide Sergeant, assigned to BrevardCounty, during her three year tenure she supervised over 225 Traffic Homicide Investigations.  In June of 2003, she was promoted to Lieutenant in the Bureau of Investigations in Orlando where she worked criminal investigations and internal affairs cases for the Agency.         

In 2006, Cindy was promoted to Captain in Troop C, Lakeland where she wasresponsible for Polk and Hillsborough Counties as the District Commander in Patrol Operations. In July of 2009, she was appointed to the Rank of Major and assumed the position of Troop Commander for Troop   D. In 2010, Cindy and her command staff in Troop D attended the Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety Training and utilized the training to bring DDACTS to FHP Troop D. Cindy then convince FHP to pilot a project in her Troop with DDACTS and hired the first data analyst in the state as a pilot project.  After 18 months it was so successful that the Agency hired analysts for all ten Patrol Operation Troops. In May of 2013, she was invited to Speak at the Governors Cabinet meeting in regards to a successful pilot project she started in Troop D to Investigate and apprehend hit and run violators in Central Florida.

In   2015, she was   promoted to Chief of Patrol Operation for the Southern Region and is also the Acting Northing Region Chief. Her current duties and responsibilities include all ten Patrol Operations Troops within the state of Florida where she supervises Ten Troop Commanders and reports to the Lieutenant Colonel of the Florida Highway Patrol.        
Cindy is currently the Drug Recognition coordinator for the Florida Highway Patrol. She also serves on the CentralFlorida Criminal Justice association, Regional Pill Mill Task Force, a Board member on the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigations and is a member of the Domestic Security task force. 

Jeri Williams

Jeri Williams is the Oxnard, California Police Department’s first female chief of police. She has over 23 years of law enforcement experience and has served as the chief since January 2011. For more information see here.

Joan P. Yale

Joan P. Yale, a 32-year veteran of the Nassau county Police Department, is the highest-ranking woman in any Long Island police agency. Rising through the ranks of detective, detective sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy inspector, inspector, deputy chief, and chief of patrol, her experience has been concentrated in both patrol and investigative operations.

For 25 years she has supervised duties of police officers and detectives, while fulfilling numerous administrative functions in the department.

Yale began her career by placing first on the Civil Service test for policewomen and then, upon graduation from the Police Academy, she was awarded First Place in Scholastic Achievement.

She has served as deputy commanding officer in three detective squads and in the Bureau of Special Operations. She has been a patrol supervisor, desk officer, commanded the Narcotics Enforcement Team and later was the commanding officer of the Seventh Precinct. She served as Deputy Chief of Patrol, in charge of all of its eight precincts and later as a Deputy Chief of Detectives.

On August 2, 2002, Yale became Chief of Patrol. Chief Yale is a charter member of the police department's Hostage Negotiating Team, formed in 1974. Through the years and the various assignments she held, Yale remained a member of this elite team, responding to scores of hostage and barricade incidents. She now serves as the team's Chief Negotiator.

Yale is a Department Hearing Officer and member of the Disciplinary Review Board, the Uniform Committee and the Rules and Regulations Committee. She has served on the promotional board for lieutenants in the Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department, and on a similar assessment panel for the Philadelphia Police Department.

She has represented the Nassau Police Department on numerous radio and television programs, discussing issues of women in policing as well as matters of crime and law enforcement.

A New York State Certified Police Instructor since the mid-1970's, Yale has lectured police officers on a variety of criminal justice topics.

She was actively involved in the police department's efforts to recruit women into policing.

Kirstin Ziman

Born and raised in Aurora, Commander Ziman graduated from West Aurora High School. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Aurora University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Boston University. She is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Business and the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

Commander Kirstin Ziman began her career in 1991 as a Police Cadet and became a Police Officer in 1994. As an officer, she worked in Patrol, Community Policing, Field Training, and as an investigator in the Domestic Violence Reduction Unit. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2003 and supervised the patrol division. She was promoted as the first female Lieutenant in the history of APD in 2008 where she worked as the Midnight Shift Watch Commander and Field Training Coordinator.

Prior to her promotion to Commander in June of 2010, she served as the Administrative Services Lieutenant overseeing the budget process. Commander Ziman is a member of the Employee Review Board. She is also a columnist for the Aurora Beacon-News, a publication of the Chicago Sun Times.

Commander Ziman has been a member of NAWLEE since 2005.

International Law Enforcement Officers

Justine Curran

Justine Curran was born in 1967 in Sheffield but has lived most of her life in Lancashire. She attended local schools and then she went on to gain a B.A Hons at Hull University in 1988. This was followed by an MA in Police Management from Manchester University in 1997.

Justine joined Greater Manchester Police in 1988. She held various roles and ranks in the City of Manchester, Wigan, Salford and the Regional Crime Squad. She then spent four years in Merseyside Police as a superintendent and had some very challenging roles including the Grand National event, football internationals and disorder incidents.

She headed the Operational Support Unit and then became the Operational Superintendent in the Toxteth area of the City of Liverpool, before returning to Manchester and taking up the post of Divisional Commander for North Manchester, a large and demanding inner city division which includes the City Centre.

In February 2007 Justine was promoted and became Greater Manchester Police’s first female Assistant Chief Constable taking responsibility for Territorial Policing.

Justine has two young children. Hobbies are not possible due to too much of everything else but she does try to keep fit when possible.

Suzette Davenport

Miss Davenport served with West Mercia Constabulary for nearly 20 years and has a broad operational background. This includes heading a traffic department, working in CID and being an advisor in performance management.

Suzette also spent two-and-a-half years as Divisional Commander of North Worcester division. During her time in Hereford she dealt with significant and protracted animal rights' issues.

She worked as acting Assistant Chief Constable on an ACPO led program - the development of the National Policing Improvement Agency, helping stream-line national police associated organisations, joined Staffordshire Police in August 2005 as Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) where she was responsible for Crime Support, Operations and Diversity.

In May 2007 transferred to West Midlands Police as ACC Intelligence and Local policing She is vice president of the British Association for Women in Policing, an organisation which addresses diversity, particularly around gender-related issues.

Originally from North Yorkshire, Miss Davenport moved to Worcester to study.Hobbies include sports, gardening and trying to keep her dogs under control!

Judith Gillespie

In 2003 Judith Gillespie became the first female officer from the former Royal Ulster Constabulary, now PSNI, to attend the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill. On successful completion of this course Mrs Gillespie returned to be appointed as Acting Assistant Chief Constable, heading up the newly established Criminal Justice Department.

On 18th May 2004 Mrs Gillespie was appointed to the substantive rank of Assistant Chief Constable and became the first female officer from the former RUC to hold this rank. She has remained as Head of the Criminal Justice Department until February 2006. In this post she was responsible for implementation of the Criminal Justice Review, Human Rights, Restorative Justice, Justice Liaison and Disclosure, Justice Support, Public Prosecution Project, Vulnerable Witness and Public Protection, Community Safety, and Criminal Justice Secretariat. She also took a keen interest in Victim Support, Mentoring, Staff Development and Equality issues, an interest which continues in her current post as Assistant Chief Constable Rural Region.

As ACC Rural, in addition to her territorial responsibilities, she has been responsible for managing the withdrawal of Military resources and the normalisation process in Rural Region.

Her police career got off to a good start when, in 1982, she passed out from initial training at Enniskillen with the Baton of Honour. She started her service in the Greater Belfast area, and progressed steadily through the ranks of sergeant and inspector, gaining experience in both ranks through service in Traffic Branch, as Staff Officer to chief officers, and as section Inspector in Newtonards.

In 1997 Judith was promoted Chief Inspector and appointed Co-ordinator of Child Abuse and Rape Enquiry, a post which she occupied until promotion to Superintendent, Head of Drugs Squad in 1999. In 2002 Judith was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed commander of Ards District Command Unit.

Judith has combined a successful police career with an equally successful academic one. In 1987 Judith won the Sctvec Prize, an award for the top student on the HNC in Police Studies course; in 1992 she completed a BA Honours degree and recently completed a Masters in Applied Criminology at Cambridge University.

Katharine Govier

Katherine joined Bedfordshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable for Territorial Policing on 21st May 2007. She began her career with Thames Valley Police in 1982 at Reading, as a graduate entrant, having read Geography at Liverpool University.

During her career with Thames Valley Police, Katherine held a variety of uniform posts including two periods as BCU Commander, at High Wycombe and Southern Oxfordshire. Katherine also led three departments - Head of Territorial Policing, Head of Corporate Development, and Head of Personnel. In 1996 she was selected to represent the force at the annual Problem Oriented Policing Conference held in San Diego, California.

During 2005 and 2006 Katherine undertook two periods of Acting Assistant Chief Constable, Local Policing (Territorial Policing), within Thames Valley Police. Between 1996 and 2004 she held the positions of Treasurer and Chair of the Thames Valley Branch of the Superintendents' Association, taking an active role nationally within diversity and contributing at annual conference.

Katherine is married and has two daughters. In her leisure time she enjoys family activities and horse riding.

Shahzadi Gulfam

Deputy Superintendent Shahzadi Gulfam was the first female police officer to represent Pakistan on a United Nations peacekeeping mission when she was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1997. On her second deployment, to Kosovo in 1999, she used her role as a Recruitment and Selection coordinator for the Kosovo Police Service to reach out to and motivate women to join the female-deficient police service. Her efforts helped lead to the number of female officers rising to over 1,000 by 2010.

Gulfam joined the Punjab Police in 1985 and worked there for two decades, eventually supervising 150 criminal investigations officers. Later in her career, she worked in the Punjab Highway patrol and organized traffic awareness courses for the general public. Subsequent to her Kosovo deployment, she has had two UN deployments to Timor-Leste, in 2007 and 2010. There, as the mission’s Team Leader, she was part of the Vulnerable Persons Unit and facilitated shelter referrals, medical assistance to victims of domestic violence, and reporting on missing persons and human trafficking. She continued to reach out to women and girls, especially in remote regions, to inspire them to a career in the police service. After her return from this mission, Gulfam served as the deputy superintendent of police in Lahore, Pakistan.

In 2011, the United Nations Police Division in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and the International Association of Women Police International Scholarship Committee awarded her the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award. She is the first Pakistani to receive this prestigious award. Both Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon lauded her for her service and the award.

Commander Sharon Kerr

Commander Sharon Kerr has 30 years police service with a broad base of experience, having completed a wide variety of duties, mainly within the area of crime investigation (including the Regional Crime, Fraud and Anti-terrorist Squads).

She has been commended four times for her bravery and investigative ability. She has been nominated twice for International woman police officer of the year.

Sharon joined the City of London Police in 1976 and became an accomplished investigator, specialising initially in fraud. She was subsequently seconded, first to the National Crime Squad, as a surveillance officer and investigator tackling organised criminals, and then to the Anti-Terrorist Branch, where she worked in the prevention and investigation of terrorism in the height of the IRA bombing campaign in the UK.

She became one of the first women officers in the City of London trained in the use of firearms, regularly performing armed protection and surveillance duties. She transferred to the MPS in 1998 on promotion where she served as the Deputy Borough Commander in Lambeth.

In 2001, she became Borough Commander for Greenwich where she led the police in this diverse and complex area in the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry. For four years Sharon was in charge of some of the highest risk and most complex operations undertaken in UK policing.

In 2003 she was appointed Head of Serious and Organised Crime Command. Here she became the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) first female Detective Chief Superintendent and the first woman in charge of the ’Flying Squad’. She led operations against some of London’s most dangerous armed criminals (commercial robbers, organised criminal networks, gun suppliers and contract killers) and also had responsibility for the units tackling drug importation and supply, kidnap and hostage negotiation.

Sharon has also led innovative new teams such as the Middle Market Drugs Project (a highly successful collaboration with HM Customs and Excise, whose working methods have been adopted by SOCA), Operation Grafton (a law enforcement and industry partnership which has spectacularly reduced high value crime at Heathrow, and is now being emulated at other UK and European airports) and the Cultural and Communities Resource Unit (a unique and world renowned unit using the great diversity of the MPS staff to support investigations and operations within London’s diverse communities).

Sharon has been promoted to a Commander and leads for the MPS on Operational Information, Intelligence and Learning. She is the MPS lead for Force Vetting.

Sharon is a married officer with two children, a daughter and a son.

Ann-Kristin Kvilekval

Since 2003, Police Superintendent Kvilekval has been in charge of predeployment training for all Norwegian police officers embarking on a United Nations peacekeeping mission. She is an instructor at the Norwegian Police University College and teaches in multiple countries as part of the Norwegian project ’Training for Peace.’

During her third peacekeeping mission for the UN, Kvilekval was the Acting Senior Police Adviser United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). In this role, she provided strategic advice to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, the head of the UN in Afghanistan on all police related matters. She and her team also advised and assisted the Afghan Ministry of the Interior and the Afghan National Police. Prior to her UN experience, Kvilekval traveled to Afghanistan twice as part of a Norwegian police project and used her experience and contacts while working for the UN.

Her previous UN missions took her to Lebanon and Timor-Leste. She is a permanent member of the International Police Coordination Board and the chair of the Senior Police Advisory Group, which groups the heads of police contributing nations or organizations working on policing in Afghanistan.

Lynne Owens

Lynne Owens began her career in the Metropolitan Police Service, posted to Catford in South East London. She transferred to Kent Police on promotion to sergeant, where she specialised and trained as a detective.

As detective chief inspector on a BCU she developed the concept, now nationally recognised as the Volume Crime Project. Having successfully investigated two category C murders, she was selected to be the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) for a cross-border armed robbery series. This involved four forces and resulted in two offenders being convicted, incurring lengthy prison sentences. She was posted to the force major crime department as an SIO and undertook a number of high profile murder investigations. All of these resulted in Crown Court convictions and she received two judge’s commendations.

On transferring to Surrey in 2002 Lynne became BCU commander of the most challenging division, comprising three boroughs. She ran a pilot site as the pre- cursor for what is now known as neighbourhood policing and radically improved performance. In January 2005, she was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable (Specialist Operations).

During that time she qualified as a Gold firearms commander and took Gold command of a number of critical incidents, including the Surrey re-investigation of the shooting of Mr Stanley by Metropolitan Police officers. Following successful completion of the Strategic Command Course, she was appointed Assistant Chief Constable (Territorial Operations), with responsibility for territorial divisions, partnership, criminal justice and neighbourhood policing.

She is chair of the ACPO/ACPO(S) Crimestoppers’ Working Group and a member of the ACPO Crime Business Area Intelligence Portfolio Board.

Gillian Parker

Gillian Parker became Chief Constable for Bedfordshire Police in July 2005, becoming the seventh woman in England and Wales to be appointed to the rank.

Prior to becoming Deputy Chief Constable in Suffolk, Gillian Parker served in the Leicestershire Constabulary from 1980 in a variety of roles to the rank of Superintendent. She worked in child abuse investigation and later developed force policy in relation to child abuse, domestic violence and youth crime.

Whilst Staff Officer to the Chief Constable, Gillian was part of a team which reviewed policing arrangements in Jamaica. Subsequently, she served as a BCU Commander, Head of Community Affairs and Head of Corporate Development. Prior to her transfer to Suffolk in November 1998, she was the Area Commander for West Leicestershire.

In October 2000 she took over as DCC, and in June 2003 was awarded the QPM. She has a BSc(Hons) in Chemical Engineering and a MSt (Cantab) degree in Applied Criminology.

Lynne Potts

Lynne was the first female member of GMP’mand Team. Born and bred on the Wirral, Lynne is a modern languages graduate and qualified teacher from Liverpool University. Having decided not to pursue a career in teaching, Lynne qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London whilst working with Deloitte Haskins & Sells.

Post qualification Lynne worked in London for 12 months before moving on promotion to accountancy posts at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Walton Hospital and the NHS Executive. She became the Deputy Director of Finance at the Queen’s Medical Centre of Nottingham in 1995. In 1998 she was appointed Director of Finance at South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust and also took responsibility for the Human Resources function in 2002.

In January 2003 Lynne joined the Police Service as Force Finance Director for Greater Manchester Police. She was promoted to Assistant Chief Officer in September 2003. Her current portfolio includes the Operational Communications Branch, the Finance Branch, the Information Technology Branch and Information Management Branch, the Facilities and Estates Branch and the Force’s Business Services and Procurement Branch.

She is a serving member of the ACPO Finance and Business Resources and Information Management Committees and takes a national lead on Fleet Management. She chairs the Police National Network User Committee and is a member of the Business Design Authority of the IMPACT Programme.

Lynne is committed to making the Police Service accessible to all sections of the community and to ensure that resources are used efficiently and effectively. She is currently leading two large programmes of change within the Force. The first involving the Operational Communications Branch which will completely re-engineer the way the Force responds to calls, the prime objective being to ensure that calls to the police are answered promptly and effectively. The second is in relation to the Force’s Estate Strategy Review in respect of a new Police Headquarters and other Police buildings.

Outside work Lynne is a keen sports enthusiast, enjoying lacrosse, running and arguing with her other half Kevin whilst playing Golf.

Andrea Reynolds

A policewoman who began her career pounding the beat in Hillfields, Coventry (U.K.) won a top award from the West Midlands Chief Constable in May, 2002.

Police Constable Andrea Reynolds, who joined the force in 1995, spent five years as a beat bobby in Coventry before moving to the police's Tally Ho training center in Birmingham.

Meanwhile, her name became familiar to book-lovers as she published several volumes of poetry based on her experiences as a police officer and her Jamaican heritage.

West Midlands police chief Sir Edward Crew presented Reynolds with a Chief Constable's Special Award for her outstanding work. Reynolds has worked with the local and national Black Police Association on equal opportunities issues and will address the International Association of Women Police Officers' in Australia at the end of 2002.

Her immediate boss, Chief Inspector Mick Gillick, said "As a result of her energy and activity in issues surrounding diversity, her achievements were recently acknowledged by the Pantheon of Outstanding West Indian Heroes.

" Her photograph was included in the exhibition, which is traveling around the world celebrating the successes of those inducted into the Pantheon."

Jackie Roberts

Jackie Roberts joined Avon and Somerset Constabulary in February 2005 as Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for Crime and Criminal Justice issues across the force area.

Originally from South Wales, she joined her local police in 1983 and spent 22 years there before transferring to Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

She has worked in a variety of roles across uniform and CID and is an accredited Senior Investigating Officer, Hostage Negotiator and Gold Commander for firearms and other major operational incidents.

In July 2008 ACC Roberts took on responsibility for Crime, Operations and Protective Services. This means she oversees the specialist response to major and serious incidents, working closely with partner agencies to plan, prepare and co-ordinate responses to a wide variety of major events, incidents and emergencies.

She also heads the national group looking at the availability of resources to respond to major incidents and oversaw the recent anti-terrorist operation in Bristol.

ACC Roberts said: ’Over the past three and a half years there have been significant improvements across the force area in relation to crime reduction and detection, but our efforts and focus need very much to be on providing quality of service and satisfaction across the full range of the services we provide to our communities.

’ The protective services role as well as being a specialist one is a key element of local policing, as all such incidents happen within and affect our communities. It is absolutely vital that we work with all our communities and partners with a view to reducing threats and developing effective intelligence and information sharing to enable us to tackle serious elements of crime and emergencies as well as dealing with local issues that affect our communities on a day to day basis.’

Nationally, Jackie leads the Street Level Up programme with the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, aimed at tackling the drugs supply on the streets and through importation routes. She has also worked on developing national guidance for the investigation of domestic abuse and chairs the Regional Heads of CID and Intelligence Tasking meetings.

She has a degree in Police Studies and a Diploma in Criminology and Police Management.

Bethann M. Sliwa 

She was previously the DIIS Deputy Assistant Director for Operational Support, responsible for the prioritization and conduct of intelligence that focuses NCIS operational, investigative, collection and source activities across mission sets. She provided direct oversight and quality assurance to multiple teams evaluating intelligence related to counterintelligence, counterterrorism, criminal, cyber and insider threat functional-areas.

Previous organizational assignments include supervising teams of indications and warning analysts within the NCIS Multiple Threat Alert Center (MTAC) focused on supporting deployed and in transit USN personnel around the world, drafting multidisciplinary threat assessments analyzing criminal, cyber, medical, counterterrorism and counterintelligence threats, directing the agency-wide information collection program for counterintelligence and counterterrorism, leading agency targeting efforts, and directing analytic support to research development and acquisition cases.

In addition to serving NCIS in a variety of analytic assignments, Ms. Sliwa has extensive overseas experience including a three year assignment in Yokosuka, Japan and temporary assignments at the Naval Central Command in Manama, Bahrain, Seventh Fleet Pacific Command Staff while deployed aboard the USS Blue Ridge, and aboard the USS Truman in the Mediterranean Sea and during a Suez Canal transit.

Ms. Sliwa’s awards include a Meritorious Unit Commendation for efforts in support of Operation Tomodachi following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan and a National Counterintelligence Group Award for CI analysis efforts during 2012.    

Ms. Sliwa graduated from the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Georgetown University with a Master of Arts in International Security Studies and a focus on counterterrorism.

Originally from Massachusetts, Ms. Sliwa resides in Washington, DC with her husband Michael, who is a Special Agent with NCIS, and her three month old son.


Julie Spence

Julie, after taking her ’A’ Levels, spent four years at Liverpool University and I M Marsh College of Physical Education where she trained to teach PE and Biology. She moved to the West Country to take up a teaching post but soon discovered teaching was not for her.

Consequently in 1978 she joined Avon and Somerset Police and was posted to South Bristol. After a period of service, which included postings to CID, community policing, the force communications centre, the Family and Child Protection Unit, the Press Office and uniform patrol, she was seconded to the Association of Chief Police Officers secretariat in London for two years as a Temporary Chief Inspector.

On returning to Avon and Somerset Julie undertook a number of operational roles before being promoted to Superintendent and posted to North Bristol. She is an advocate of life long learning and during her career continued her personal development and consequently undertook part-time and distance learning degree courses in law, police studies and management.

In 1999 she was appointed to Assistant Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police, where she held the Corporate Development portfolio. She took over the Territorial Policing portfolio in January 2003.

She was appointed to Deputy Chief Constable for Cambridgeshire Constabulary in April 2004 and was responsible for Operational Policing for the County.

On 1 June 2005 Julie was appointed Acting Chief Constable and subsequently appointed to Chief Constable on 10 December 2005.

In the Queen’s 80th birthday honours list she was awarded an OBE for her management of complex and contentious organisational issues, leadership of Thames Valley’s contribution to the operations to protect Heathrow and the Queen Mother’s funeral, her work for the ACPO Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee on Royalty and VIP Protection and her strong leadership and determination in taking forward the Gender Agenda and the development of the British Association of Women in Policing, which have both become major drivers for gender equality in British policing.

Maximising the potential of all staff, and particularly those in a minority, is an area of work that Julie has championed throughout her career. She is currently the President of the British Association for Women in Policing and the ACPO business lead for Citizen Focus.

Sharon Taylor

Sharon Taylor was appointed as ACC Business Change for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in April 2008. Her portfolio of responsibilities includes being the Force lead in the areas of shared services and regional collaboration. Sharon was on secondment to Devon and Cornwall for ten months as ACC Citizen Focus, prior to her current role.

Sharon had over 23 years service with the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP). She has a wide range of experience, serving in 16 different roles in the UK. She has been operational at every level of her service. She has been a Divisional Commander, Head of Divisional Operations, worked with HMIC on BCU inspections in the north of England and also has staff officer and training experience.

More recently, she was appointed as temporary ACC in 2004, with responsibility for HR, Learning and Development, Professional Standards and International Policing (MDP have up to 100 officers overseas). Sharon successfully completed the Strategic Command Course in 2005.

She has also been Head of the Professional Standards Department, and was seconded to Cambridgeshire Constabulary from February 2007. She assumed the role of force lead for regional collaboration for Cambridgeshire and also completed a strategic review of their firearms capability.

Sharon joined the MDP after graduating with the University of Lancaster. She achieved a Distinction in her Master’s Degree with Middlesex University in Police Management in 2001.

Sharon is the first person in the history of the MDP to achieve the rank of ACC with another force.

She currently lives in Mid Devon with her partner and two boys, aged 12 and 15. She enjoys Tai Kwon Do, playing hockey and spending quality time with her family.

Sara Thornton, QPM

In April 2007 Sara Thornton was appointed Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, the largest non-Metropolitan force in England and Wales.

She is a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) Terrorism Committee where she represents the south east forces. From 2004 to 2007 she was the ACPO lead on intelligence and responsible for the implementation of the National Intelligence Model. She was a member of the ACPO Police Reform Steering Group and was responsible for the first two National Strategic Assessments in 2004.

Sara Thornton served with the Metropolitan Police from 1986 and over the next fifteen years her career alternated between operational postings in West London and strategic roles within New Scotland Yard. She joined Thames Valley Police as ACC Specialist Operations in November 2000 and in August 2003 was appointed Deputy Chief Constable where she led the largest organisational change programme in the thirty seven year history of Thames Valley Police. In January 2006 she was appointed Acting Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.

In 2006 she was awarded the Queens Police Medal. She is also a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies, a member of the Advisory Board for the Oxford University Centre for Criminology and an active alumnus of the Windsor Leadership Trust.

She lives in Oxford and has two sons.

Heather Valentine

In 2007 Heather Valentine was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable (Specialist Operations) for Hertfordshire Constabulary. Heather began her policing career with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 1979.

In 1999, as a Detective Superintendent, Heather headed the Lawrence Review Team during the period leading up to, and immediately after, the publication of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report. She contributed to the organisational changes embraced by the MPS after the publication of the report.

Heather was later promoted to Chief Superintendent and was head of training. She held this post for two years before becoming borough commander for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, in 2003. This involved the policing of three football grounds: Chelsea, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.

She was the local ground commander on July 21, 2005 for the terrorist attack at Shepherds Bush LTE station, and was closely involved in the work to reassure communities in the borough after the 7/7 and 21/7 attacks.

Wendy Walker

Before joining the police service Wendy achieved a degree in Bachelor of Education. However, after completing her teacher training in Liverpool, she decided to join the police service. Wendy joined the police in 1981 starting her policing career in Blackpool on foot patrol. She then moved around the county spending time in the Preston area on section patrol before going to Blackburn where she worked in CID.

In 1993 Wendy moved north to Lancaster, again working in CID before spending two years working in the field of personnel, an area which she excelled in. 1997 saw Wendy move on again, back to Blackburn as a divisional Chief Inspector before becoming a Superintendent and promoted to Operations Manager for Eastern Division. During her service Wendy has trained as a hostage negotiator.

Wendy then moved to Headquarters as Head of Partnerships and Community Safety not long after the publication of the McPherson Report when the spotlight was on the police service scrutinising its dealings with the community. After this Wendy spent just over two years on her promotion to Chief Superintendent as the Constabulary’s HR and Training Co-ordinator.

At the start of 2003 Wendy took command of Northern Division. During this time Wendy had to lead the division during and after one of the the worst incidents ever to happen in Lancashire ’ the deaths of 23 Chinese cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay. It is testimony to Wendy that she steered the division through this period of time.

In 2005 Wendy went on secondment to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Wakefield before joining the Chief Officer team in an acting role as head of Criminal Standards and Justice. Following her attendance on the Strategic Command Course, Wendy remained acting Assistant Chief Constable in that role before her official appointment as ACC. For twelve months Wendy led Terrotorial Divisions and Criminal Justice before taking up her current role as head of the ’People’ portfolio. During her policing service Wendy has attained a Master of Arts in Organisational Management at Manchester University.

Wendy lives in Lancashire with her partner and their two dogs.

Michele Lish

Michele Lish is a retired police lieutenant from Portland, Oregon. Michele Lish, who served with the Portland Police Bureau for 25 years, retired in December 2006. She was elected treasurer of the International Association of Women Police, and has been a member of the organization since 1983. In 2000, Lish was named the IAWP's Officer of the Year. During her involvement with the association, she participated in the Adopt-an-Officer program, sponsoring police women from developing nations for membership in the International Association of Women Police.

Tamia Dow 

Tamia Dow has been the Chaplain of the IAWP since 2006, having been a member since 1996. She is a retired commissioned police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (since 1989). Her last assignment was with the Crimes Against Youth and Family Detail as a Domestic Violence (DV) Detective. She investigated crimes related to DV, Stalking, Harassment, Kidnapping and various other crimes. She also instructed courses to in-service police officers, corrections academy officers, citizen academy members and the community. She am a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), International Police Association (IPA), and Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE). She is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church is a member of the International Church of Las Vegas ( in Nevada.
See here for her website. 

Jennifer Pegnato

Jennifer Pegnato has been a member of the Tucson Police Department since 1999. During her tenure she has worked in a variety of assignments including Patrol Officer, Criminal Intelligence Officer, Administrative Officer for the Office of Internal Affairs, and as a class counselor at the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center. She has also worked as an instructor for report writing, mental illness, high-risk stops, and driver’s training. In July 2008, she was promoted to the rank of sergeant. As a sergeant she worked as a Patrol Supervisor in Operations Division West until her assignment to the Tucson Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (TOEMHS) in 2009. In April 2013, she was assigned to the Dependent Child Unit as the Investigative Supervisor. Here she is responsible for coordinating the investigation of all physical child abuse, child neglect, and child death cases.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Criminal Justice in 1999 and received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2006. She continues a relationship with the university as an adjunct instructor for the School of Government and Public Policy.

Jennifer is very passionate about NAWLEE’s mission to serve and further the interests of women executives and those aspiring to be executives in law enforcement through mentoring and training. She was one of the founding members of the Southern Arizona Women of Law Enforcement in 2010; a local organization to promote, mentor, and support women in law enforcement in Southern Arizona. She currently sits as the Secretary on the Executive Board.

She is the wife of a Tucson Police Department detective, the mother of three boys, and has been heavily involved in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night campaign since 2003. Although she has only been a member of NAWLEE since 2012, she looks forward to serving the NAWLEE membership as well as the opportunity to work with the organization and to network with other women in the law enforcement profession.

Mary O’Connor

Deputy Chief Mary O’Connor has been serving at Tampa Police Department since January 1994. She is the Deputy Chief of Operations. Throughout the years, Mary has held various positions within the department including Criminal Intelligence Bureau commander, Field Training Officer, Narcotics officer, patrol sector commander and she and oversaw a latent investigative unit for several years.

Mary has a passion for fighting crime and has played an integral part in developing and implementing new technology at Tampa PD to aid in crime prevention. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Phoenix. She is married to her husband Keith for 18 years. She has two children.

Mary has been a NAWLEE member since 2012. As newly elected second vice president, she is enthusiastic about serving the members of NAWLEE and passionate about spreading the mission of the organization to women throughout the law enforcement field.

Penny Harrington 

Penny Harrington began her police career in 1964 as a ’policewoman’ in the Women’s Protective Division of the Portland Oregon Police Bureau. After a few years, she began challenging the policies that prevented women from working in all aspects of policing and prevented them from taking promotional exams. Penny then became the first woman to be promoted to Detective in 1970, Sergeant in 1970, Lieutenant in 1977, Captain in 1980 and was appointed as Chief of Police in 1985, making her the first woman to lead a major-city police department.

After leaving Portland, Penny went on to work for the State Bar of California where she developed the policies, procedures and training for attorney ethics investigations.

The Los Angeles Police Commission and the Los Angeles City Council heard about Penny’s work and asked her to help them deal with the issues of the Rodney King beating, the riots and the resulting aftermath. She was also asked to assist with designing a recruiting program for women; examining gender issues in the department; and working on issues of the LAPD’s handling of officer-involved domestic violence.

As a result of her work with the LAPD, Penny was asked to establish a national program on gender issues in law enforcement. The result was the National Center for Women & Policing, established in 1995 and headed by Penny as the Director.

The National Center for Women & Policing undertakes research on issues such as the lack of women in law enforcement; the lack of women in the higher ranks; the issues of police excessive force; officer-involved domestic violence; childcare; recruiting; gender discrimination; and harassment.

For more information, see here.   

Nannette Rolfe

On August 20, 2015, Nannette Rolfe was named by Commissioner Keith Squires to serve as his Deputy Commissioner for the Utah Department of Public Safety. In the history of the Utah Department of Public Safety, Nannette Rolfe is the first female to serve as Deputy Commissioner.

Squires said in a written statement that Rolfe, who is not a sworn law enforcement officer, will bring a unique perspective to DPS as a civilian commissioner. About two-thirds of the agency's 1,600 employees are civilian.

"Deputy Commissioner Rolfe brings a wealth of experience and institutional knowledge to her new position" Squires said. " In her past assignments, she has served the state with excellence. We are excited to have her as our new deputy commissioner."

Deputy Commissioner Rolfe has been an employee for the Utah Department of Public Safety for 29 years. Rolfe has worked in several divisions including the Bureau of Criminal Identification where she was a Bureau Director, the Division of Emergency Management where she served as Division Director and her most recent previous assignment as the Director of the Driver License Division.

For the original story, see here.