The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 3 | Issue 4 | April 2010

International Association of Women in Police
Accepting Nominations for 2010 International
Recognition and Scholarship Award

The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) is soliciting 2010 nominations for one of its prestigious awards—the International Recognition and Scholarship Award. Given annually, women police officers from dozens of countries are nominated by superiors for the international tribute. The honor goes to an outstanding police woman serving in a law enforcement agency outside North America. The scholarship defrays the costs for the recipient to attend and participate in the annual IAWP Training Conference. This year’s event will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 26–30, 2010, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.

The objectives of this prestigious honor are:

  1. To increase understanding of the roles of women officers in various countries.
  2. To encourage participation in the IAWP by all countries of the world.
  3. To promote membership in the IAWP through the award recipient within her
  4. region.
  5. To increase international understanding and awareness of women in law
  6. enforcement and the IAWP.
  7. To recognize the accomplishments of a woman officer from outside North
  8. America.

IAWP shall pay the costs of the hotel room and economy class airfare from the recipient’s country to the conference city, to include visa application expenses and tips. In addition, IAWP shall provide the recipient $500 for food, incidentals, and other sundry expenses for use while at the conference. All other incidentals are the responsibility of the recipient.

"It's a perfect opportunity for police departments to honor one of their female officers through the IAWP award nomination process. We are very pleased with the prior awardees who serve as exemplary examples of women in policing on a global scale. To give just one scholarship award is always a hard decision for the IAWP Committee responsible for making the recommendation," said Jane Townsley, IAWP President. "We have a unique platform for international recognition of a woman police officer. The awardee provides a sense of pride to all women officers and a particular sense of pride to her country. The IAWP also offers other distinctive awards on an annual basis. All are a tremendous opportunity to provide highly acclaimed recognition to an exemplary woman officer."

More details about the International Association of Women Police Awards Program are available at

The International Association of Women Police was created in 1915. Its mission is to strengthen, unite, and raise the profile of women in criminal justice around the world. The IAWP is committed to professional development, training, recognition, mentoring, networking, and peer support. For more information about the IAWP, visit

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