As 2009 comes to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the WIFLE Members who have helped the organization grow over the past ten years. Our Ten Year Anniversary celebration concludes in 2009 but we embark on a new journey during the next ten years.
We have grown our Scholarship Program to over $16,000 being awarded in 2009. Through our Annual Awards Program, we have witnessed the heroism of many women over the past ten years. The WIFLE Annual Leadership Training remains one of the most successful training events for law enforcement. The speakers and presenters who shared their experiences and insights over the past ten years have been simply phenomenal - they motivated each of us. We have successful partnerships in place for Members with Marist College and the Feds Liability Protection while working on new partnerships and collaborations for the future.
Enjoy the season and welcome to 2010!
With the end of 2009 quickly approaching, I can't believe that it also means the end of the tenth anniversary since Women in Federal Law Enforcement was founded. It’s been wonderful watching the organization grow from the small group of women who founded and chartered WIFLE in 1999 to the vibrant organization it is now. As the number of positions held by women in the various federal law enforcement agencies grows, WIFLE becomes an integral partner. As I look back over the last ten years, it is with pride not only for the accomplishments of WIFLE, but also for the inroads made by women in federal law enforcement. One has only to read about the individuals WIFLE honors during each year’s Awards Program to realize what an important role women have in law enforcement.
On Monday, October 26, 2009, WIFLE Foundation President Margaret M. Moore and Foundation Vice President Monica Blodgett Rocchio attended the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Distinguished Service Award presentation to honor U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. The ceremony was held at the new Capitol’s Visitors Center auditorium and recognized Vice President Biden for his leadership on issues of importance to law enforcement, including reducing violence against women, increasing the number of officers on our streets, and protecting and honoring the nation’s law enforcement officers. The Vice President has been a long-time supporter of the law enforcement community over his nearly 40 years of public service.
On December 4 through 6, a team of WIFLE executives will head to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, to begin the preparations for the Eleventh Annual WIFLE Leadership Training Conference and charitable golf tournament. Conference dates are set for June 21-25, 2010. Be sure to save the dates for what will be an outstanding week of programs and activities in “Music City.” The WIFLE 2010 conference website will open in February 2010. Stay tuned for further information!
On October 28, 2009, when the President signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, several changes to Federal civilian benefits became law – some affect Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) employees and others Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) employees only (P.L.111-84). Read about here.
WIFLE – MARIST COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP
As most WIFLE members are now aware, Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and Women in Federal Law Enforcement have founded an academic partnership that allows WIFLE members, along with their families, to receive discounted tuition pricing for graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs offered by Marist College. A major component of this partnership is the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program offered by Marist College as an online flexible cohort degree program exclusively for law enforcement personnel. Marist’s online flexible cohort MPA program is designed for uniformed and civilian law enforcement personnel and combines accelerated scheduling and reduced pricing with the flexibility and convenience of Marist’s online course delivery system.
Special WIFLE members’ tuition for the MPA represents a savings of over 50% from the standard Marist College tuition and results in a total tuition cost of approximately $13,000. In addition, WIFLE members and their families interested in any of Marist’s other non-discounted graduate or adult undergraduate programs will qualify for a 25% tuition reduction. The Marist College degree program represents a unique opportunity for WIFLE members and their families. While the application deadline for the next semester beginning in January 2010 has passed, WIFLE will continue to keep members informed of application dates for future online MPA flexible cohorts offered by Marist College.
For more information on Marist College, tuition costs, admission requirements, and the MPA program, contact Marist College at www.marist.edu/graduate or call toll free, 888-877-7900, to speak directly with a Marist admissions counselor.
As a law enforcement officer, one small misstep at work or in off-duty life could put your entire career at risk. Law enforcement officers are held to a high standard of honesty and credibility because of the need for public trust and confidence attendant to their job responsibilities, including testifying at criminal trials. See Hernandez v. Department of Homeland Security, 324 F. App’x 908, 911 (Fed. Cir. 2009). Officers must therefore be especially careful not to engage in any conduct that could even slightly damage their credibility. If an officer’s credibility is compromised, her ability to testify at trial is damaged and her job is put at risk.
by Kathleen Kibler Mahoney, Esq.
Member & Managing Director
Mahoney & Jeffrey, PLLC, The Federal Employee’s Law Firm®
202-312-7100 or www.MahoneyJeffrey.com
WIFLE Co-Sponsors 5th Annual Human Trafficking Seminar
October 28, 2009
WIFLE, in partnership with the National Center for Women and Policing, and hosted by the Swiss Embassy, presented the 5th Annual Human Trafficking Seminar on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, for federal, state, local and international law enforcement and non-governmental agencies (NGO’s). The purpose of the seminars is to bring together all aspects of law enforcement to focus on human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children around the world and in the United States.
The seminar opened with welcoming remarks from Urs Ziswiler, Swiss Ambassador to the United States. The seminar included speakers from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Tahirih Project and the Polaris Project, both NGO's, participated as panelists discussing the assistance provided to victims of human trafficking. Also, featured was the film "Playground" which brought to light the issue of trafficked children within U.S. borders, the huge problem it is in our country, and the lack of resources to adequately address this important issue.
Following the day-long seminar, the Swiss Ambassador also hosted a networking reception for participants at his residence. Attendees were warmly welcomed and treated to Swiss food and beverages as part of the networking event.
For additional information on the subject, please refer to the most recent report published by the Department of Justice on characteristics of suspected human trafficking at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/cshti08.pdf.
Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Opportunities
WIFLE is providing information to its members about employment opportunities with Altegrity Security Consulting (ASC), a global security firm that specializes in law enforcement and criminal justice training and mentoring. ASC is targeting men and women in law enforcement and criminal justice who are nearing completing of active service or have retired.
ASC has hired former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Bill Bratton to head a new unit that will provide services and solutions to law enforcement agencies and the federal government – both in the United States and overseas. The unit will require a large number of seasoned professionals, representing all areas of the law enforcement/criminal justice field, who are interested in a new challenge, as well as an opportunity to expand their base of professional experience while making a difference.
If this opportunity interests you, visit www.usis.com/cjps for a more complete description of the ASC program and positions covering almost all aspects of the law enforcement and criminal justice arena.
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