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Celebrating 35 Years of Women in
Federal Law Enforcement

by Margaret M. Moore, Executive Director, WIFLE

>Executive Order 11478--Equal employment opportunity in the Federal Government


     President Nixon signed executive order 11478 on August 8, 1969, which effectively ended discrimination in the federal service based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap. The ban on employing women in the title of special agent no longer existed. It opened up to women positions in the GS-1811 status, and other grade series from which they had previously been barred. Those positions held authority to carry firearms, execute search warrants, and make arrests.
     35 Years Ago!! The first women were hired in 1971 and 1972 by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
     Women in federal law enforcement face challenges today as great as those faced yesterday. As we grow in our professional and personal lives, we commit ourselves to developing the professional law enforcement abilities of the women and men who follow in our footsteps.

Section 1. It is the policy of the Government of the United States to provide equal opportunity in Federal employment for all persons, to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or age, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative program in each executive department and agency. This policy of equal opportunity applies to and must be an integral part of every aspect of personnel policy and practice in the employment, development, advancement, and treatment of civilian employees of the Federal Government.


New WIFLE Executive Committee Officers

The new WIFLE Executive Committee Officers for 2006 (in the order they appear in the photo) are:
Treasurer: Rebekah A. Salazar. Rebekah is serving in Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Border Patrol in the Department of Homeland Security.
Vice President: Catherine Sanz. Catherine is with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Department of Homeland Security.
Secretary: Karen Ratke Jones. Karen is with the Office of Investigations in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
President: Stephanie J. Davis. Stephanie is currently with the U.S. Air Force, Office of Special Investigations. Please see the article below for additional information on Stephanie and her message to WIFLE members as the new President.   


Message from NEW WIFLE President  

     Hello, I am Stephanie J. Davis, Senior Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), and I am currently the President of WIFLE. I am very honored to be your President this year. I have been in law enforcement for about 24 years, but did not know of WIFLE until the 2001 conference in Palm Springs, CA. I was so impressed with the caliber of women I met and heard at the WIFLE conference, that I knew I had to be a part of this group. To see women who achieved positions of power and were willing to reach back and help others follow in their footsteps was an inspiration to me. 
     During my career, I have worked fraud, criminal, and counterintelligence investigations, as well as conducted protective service operations and special access programs. As the current Unit Chief for Liaison, Criminal Investigation Task Force, working with the Office of Military Commissions and the issues of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I also have been a significant participant in the fight against terrorism. 
     On a more personal note, I am a native of Chicago, IL, married to LaFrantze V. Davis, Oakland, CA., and have a son, Christian. I am also an active member of NOBLE - Wash, DC Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, ABWA, Volunteers at Mount Vernon, and Liaison Officers Association. I have a BS from Columbia College. My interests include a love of reading, learning about people, and traveling to warm places. 
     Again, it is a great honor to be President of WIFLE, an organization that I feel works hard for me, a woman in law enforcement. I want to welcome all current members to another great year and encourage others to join the WIFLE organization. WIFLE’s goals work for me. I believe that the people I meet through WIFLE, the sharing of experiences with them, and the valuable networking, will enable me to make a difference. I so look forward to doing great things for you this year and hope to meet with many of you at the upcoming conference. We have quite a few great speakers and events planned to provide you an outstanding training experience. Also, I highly encourage you to participate in our golf tournament and invite anyone you know who loves golf to come on out and join the fun. The tournament honors Julie Y Cross, U.S. Secret Service agent killed in the line of duty, and all tournament proceeds go to our scholarship fund. The scholarship fund helps us to help those who are looking to pursue a career in law enforcement. 
     See you at the conference!!

New Co-Editors for WIFLE-Enews

     WIFLE thanks Monica Rocchio and Carol Paterick for their diligent work on WIFLE Newsletters beginning with the first edition introduced by WIFLE in 2004.  Beginning with this issue, WIFLE-Enews has two new Co-Editors: Dorene Erhard and Betsy Casey. Carol will continue to produce the publication and make it available online.  Both Dorene and Betsy were involved with WIFLE early on in its history as the Interagency Committee for Women in Federal Law Enforcement, sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Justice, and we are extremely proud to be associated again with WIFLE today as volunteer Co-Editors. We would like to introduce ourselves and tell you a little bit about our careers.
     About Dorene Erhard  and Betsy Casey

WIFLE Scholarship Program
by Monica Blodgett Rocchio, Deputy Executive Director, WIFLE

     As stated in previous newsletters, one of the goals of WIFLE is to award scholarships to those individuals interested in law enforcement careers. These careers vary but typically include criminal investigators, border agents, forensic scientists, intelligence analysts, fingerprint and firearms examiners, bomb technicians, public information officers, computer specialists, attorneys, and many related fields. Each year WIFLE, through its Scholarship Fund, a tax-exempt 501c(3) organization, awards several scholarships through a process of written application and presentation of college school transcripts. Final selections are made by an independent panel convened by WIFLE.            
     This year’s scholarship process opened on February 1, and the winners of the 2006 scholarships will be announced at the Seventh Annual Training Conference. Information concerning the criteria and the application process can be obtained from the website, www.WIFLE.org, and specifically from this link. All applications must be received no later than Monday, May 1, 2006, in order to be considered.
     WIFLE members are encouraged to share this information with family members, friends, and colleagues who are pursuing law enforcement related degrees. No specific affiliation with WIFLE is required to be considered for, and possibly to receive, an award.
     Contributions are always welcome and can be made anytime during the year. To make a contribution, just go to the scholarship fund page


January Retreat/Planning Session in Annapolis

WIFLE Executive Committee Retreat 

     The entire WIFLE Executive Committee, including the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director, met off-site in Annapolis, MD, on January 28, 2006, to discuss organization business matters and to participate in the first WIFLE strategic planning session. The newly appointed WIFLE officers for 2006 were introduced, as well as the new WIFLE-Enews Co-Editors. 
     Several hours were spent with an experienced planning consultant, Mr. Wayne Miller. Mr. Miller provided the group with an introduction to the planning process, suggested that WIFLE create a 5-year plan, and guided the Executive Committee in a constructive discussion of proposed WIFLE planning goals, objectives, tactics, and performance measures to best ensure that WIFLE plans and goals for the future are met.  
     By the end of a long day of spirited discussion, a good working outline was drafted from which a comprehensive 5-year strategic plan will be developed by the Executive Committee over the coming months. The group also considered suggestions to compose more concise vision and mission statements for the WIFLE organization and will be working to finalize them as part of the strategic planning development process.

WIFLE’s Seventh Annual Leadership Training Conference

     Registration is now open for WIFLE’s Seventh Annual Leadership Training Conference, scheduled for June 20-22, 2006, at the Capital Hilton, Washington , DC .  WIFLE is also soliciting annual awards nominations and scholarship applications.  Please refer to the links below for full details on the conference, registration, awards nominations, golf tournament, and scholarship application processes:


     All pertinent documents for the conference, awards, and scholarships can be downloaded from the conference website.
     Please note award nominations and scholarship applications must be received by COB Monday, May 1, 2006.
     This year’s conference is shaping up to be an exciting one with a great line up of significant training seminars and panels. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC in June.


International Women's Day: March 8
    The first Women's Day took place on the last Sunday in February, 1908. Initiated by socialist women in the United States, the occasion was inspired by a number of issues -- the right to vote, equal wages, and better working conditions for female employees among them. A year later, the second International Conference of Socialist Women approved an International Women's Day, which was held for the first time in 1911.
     On March 8 (February 23 on the Gregorian calendar), 1917, thousands of Russian women observed this holiday by protesting food shortages, high prices, the war, and the general suffering they had endured under the Czarist regime. (The Czar was forced to abdicate four days later as a result of that and other strikes.) In 1921, March 8 became the official date for International Women's Day.

       No longer an exclusively socialist holiday, International Women's Day is now a time to rally support for women's rights around the world, commemorate the progress we've made, and honor the efforts of individual women who have helped bring about greater equality for all.

WIFLE: Leading Change in the 21st Century through Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication and Recognizing International Women's Day


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