Welcome to the first publication of WIFLE-Enews. Since the inception of WIFLE we have promised our members a newsletter that would be informative and
relevant to women in federal law enforcement. This publication will meet that goal and also address issues critical to law enforcement as a whole.
We are having a conference this year in Palm Springs, California that you can read more about in the Deputy Director’s message. Our 2005 conference focus will be on women and leadership, international law enforcement liaison, increasing the numbers of women in federal law enforcement, retention and promotion of more women, terrorism, cyberspace security, identity theft, critical incident management, and dealing with the media. We are currently looking for proposals and recommendations for this year’s workshops. Please visit our web site at
and submit your proposal by 1/15/05.
Our awards ceremony is one of the highlights of the conference. Incorporated into that special event will be a remembrance of the women agents who have been killed in the line of duty. Special tribute will be paid to S/A Julie Y. Cross and the past awardees, as it is the 25th anniversary of her death. We hope you will join us at our 2005 conference.
Please urge other women to join WIFLE. We hope to expand our membership and it is through the good word of our current members that we are able to do this. A special thanks is offered to our Lifetime Members. These are the folks who helped WIFLE when we needed it most. This is our 6th year as a not for profit organization and we think we have made great progress.
Enjoy reading and please submit articles for review and possible publication to
firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be a quarterly publication for the foreseeable future with a goal of increasing to a monthly publication.
Best regards, Margie
Monica Blodgett Rocchio,
Deputy Director, WIFLE
WIFLE takes it out on the
by Monica Blodgett
speakers and distinguished guests, Monica Blodgett
Rocchio once said, is "the kind of thing you can count
on from WIFLE at its Annual Leadership Training
Conferences." It has to be said that Monica has a
point- the training is one of the many outreach and
education efforts that WIFLE is devoted to.
Anyone who has attended an Annual Conferences
in recent years will agree. Preparation is underway for
2005. Learn more
conference was a great success. One of the most inspiring
presentations was by Shoshana Johnson, former POW who was
taken hostage in March 2003 in Iraq. This photo was taken on
June 22, 2004, after WIFLE members presented her with a
Leadership Award for her courage, dignity, and leadership
that serve as an inspiration to all women. Learn more about the
Michele Leonhart was unanimously confirmed as the Deputy Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) by the U.S. Senate on March 8, 2004, following her nomination by President George W. Bush. Interested in a career in federal narcotics law enforcement, Deputy Administrator Leonhart applied for a position with the DEA and was hired as a Special Agent in late 1980. Learn more
Riggs, a veteran of almost 30 years with the United States
Secret Service, began serving as Deputy Director on September
19, 2004. Her appointment marks a significant milestone
for the Secret Service as she is the first woman in the
agency's 139-year history to serve as Deputy Director. With
her promotion, Riggs also joins an elite group in becoming one
of the highest ranking women in career federal law enforcement
history, and is currently the highest ranking woman in law
enforcement within the Department of Homeland Security.
With her long and impressive career with the Secret Service
and the outstanding skills she has as a leader, what else can
you say? —It just fits.
October brought good news on HR 218
("Right-to-Carry"). After more than ten years of lobbying the Congress for passage of the "Right-to-Carry" Bill, it is now national law. Officially titled the
"Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004," the Bill allows active duty and retired law enforcement officers the right to carry firearms in intrastate travel.
Full text of HR 218