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Volume 2, Issue 2
September 2005

June 13-17, 2005  Rancho Mirage, CA

WIFLE’s Awards Banquet, June 15, 2005, Featuring Truly Remarkable Women


.Margaret Moore
Award Recipient Barbara Riggs, Deputy Director, USSS
.Monica Rocchio

     Barbara Riggs is currently the Deputy Director of the United States Secret Service and has been a veteran of the agency for over 30 years. In September 2004, Ms. Riggs became the first female Deputy Director in the 140-year history of the Secret Service and is currently the highest ranking woman in career federal law enforcement history, as well as within the Department of Homeland Security. She was one of the first women sworn in at USSS as a special agent and the first female supervisory special agent in charge of the country’s two largest field offices.
     Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Riggs has protected six U.S. Presidents and lead the threat and vulnerability assessment team for all National Special Security events, including the 2001 Presidential Inauguration, the Winter Olympics, and Super Bowl XXXVI. Ms. Riggs was given the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2002.
     A respected advisor and mentor, Ms. Riggs has also been a strong advocate for advancing career opportunities for women at all organizational levels.

Other Award Winners
     -Outstanding Federal Law Enforcement Employee Distinguished Honorable Mention: Special Agent in Charge Geneva Miller Dunaway, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Special Agent Patricia Lyons, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Physical Security Specialist Donna M. Torchio, Naval Criminal Investigative Service
     -Outstanding Advocate for Women in Federal Law Enforcement: Vice Commander Sarah L. Garcia, Air Force Office of Special Investigations and Deputy Chief Richard Speier, Jr., Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation
     -Top Prosecutor Award: Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney Nora R. Dannehy, District of Connecticut
     -WIFLE Executive Committee Award, (distinguished law enforcement performance overseas): Superintendent Melissa A. Johnson, Air Force Office of Special Investigations and Regional Security Officer Charlene Lamb, Diplomatic Security Service
     -President’s Award: United States Attorney Debra W. Yang, Central District of California
     -Director’s Award: Chief Nancy Jardini, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation


WIFLE’s Seventh Annual Training Conference and Awards Banquet

by Monica Blodgett Rocchio, Deputy Executive Director, WIFLE

     Mark your calendars for next year’s conference scheduled for the week of June 19, 2006, at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 202-393-1000. Registration opens on Monday, June 19, and an Opening Evening Reception will be held that day in the Exhibit Hall. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 20, 2006, and the training conference will conclude late on Thursday afternoon, June 22, 2006. The Annual WIFLE Awards Banquet will be held the evening of Wednesday, June 21. Registration will open on February 1, 2006, but you may reserve your hotel now. When calling the hotel, ask for the WIFLE conference rate of $159.00.

WIFLE’s 2005 Silent Auction Yields Generous Donations to the WIFLE Scholarship Fund

by Sheree L. Mixell, President, WIFLE

     WIFLE offers scholarships to talented individuals to meet the demands in the field of law enforcement and to foster the professional development of those engaged in law enforcement. Scholarships are awarded based on the student’s academic potential, achievement, and commitment to serving their local communities. 
     WIFLE again conducted a "Silent Auction" at the conference with all proceeds going to the WIFLE Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Items available at the Silent Auction ranged from agency hats, pins and patches to a stuffed Koala bear donated by the Australian Embassy.
     This year due to the generosity of contributors, WIFLE awarded 5 scholarships throughout the U.S.  Visit www.wifle.org to donate year-round to the scholarship fund. WIFLE thanks everyone who contributed to the success of the Silent Auction.

In Memoriam WIFLE is deeply saddened at the loss of Bonni G. Tischler, one of its founders and one of the top female law enforcement officers for the past thirty years. WIFLE is accepting donations to the Scholarship Fund in Bonni's Memory.  Visit the Website for details.

by Margaret M. Moore, Executive Director, WIFLE

      It was with great pride that WIFLE held its annual awards banquet during the 6th Annual Leadership Training conference. This year’s awards winners were spectacular in their work and what they have done to improve the visibility of women in federal law enforcement. Of particular note was the recognition that 25 years ago Special Agent Julie Y. Cross of the United States Secret Service gave her life in the line of duty. WIFLE’s Julie Y. Cross winner epitomizes the courage we enshrine with this award.
     The conference itself was a huge success with 550 participants and 35 vendors. In the setting of the beautiful Westin at Rancho Mirage, conference attendees were hosted in a conference center and breakout room facility of the highest quality. Gym and pool activities were open before and after classes and were used by many at these times.
     We appreciate agency heads Chief Lee Heath, United States Postal Inspection; Chief Nancy Jardini, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation; Director Connie Patrick, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; United States Attorney Debra W. Yang, Central District of California, and United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan, Western Judicial District of Pennsylvania, who were our key speakers and made time to present various topics to the entire audience. Special thanks to Director Carl Truscott, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for his wonderful keynote speech at our awards banquet.

.Towanda R. Thorne, DEA, WIFLE Julie Y. Cross Award Recipient 2005
.Carl Truscott, Director, ATF
.Michele Leonhart, Deputy Administrator, DEA, WIFLE Outstanding Law Enforcement Employee Award Recipient

The 2005 Julie Y. Cross Award was presented to Special Agent Towanda Thorne, Drug Enforcement Administration.

     Agent Thorne, while working in an undercover capacity with a confidential source on a major New Jersey crack-cocaine distribution organization in January 2004, encountered an armed defendant who attempted to rob her and the source. As the gunman pointed the weapon at the source and at Agent Thorne, she alerted her back up team and fired six rounds at the perpetrator.
      Her composure and decisive action placed the gunman on the defensive and allowed time for the surveillance team to move in to make an arrest. The wounded suspect escaped capture but was arrested within 48 hours.
     Special Agent Thorne’s willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to protect the life of a confidential source and apprehend a dangerous felon resulted in the seizure of 280 grams of crack cocaine and the arrests of three individuals now facing up to thirty years in federal prison.
     During this investigation, Agent Thorne served her country and community at great personal risk with bravery and valor.

Outstanding Federal Law Enforcement Employee Award
      We honored two career civil servants who rose through the ranks to the number two position in traditional law enforcement agencies: Deputy Administrator Michele Leonhart, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Deputy Director Barbara Riggs, United States Secret Service.
     For 25 years, Ms. Leonhart has conducted numerous federal drug and conspiracy investigations and posed undercover for the DEA in field divisions throughout the country. One of her most notable international smuggling investigations resulted in the arrest and conviction of a major Bolivian-based cocaine cartel leader and the seizure of over $14 million in assets.
Ms. Leonhart was DEA’s first woman special agent in charge. In March 2004, Ms. Leonhart was nominated by President Bush and unanimously confirmed as the Deputy Administrator of the DEA. As the highest-ranking DEA agent and first female to occupy this position in DEA history, she has successfully implemented a system of management accountability in compliance with the President’s Management Agenda.
     Ms. Leonhart is responsible for the implementation of an enforcement program that trains agents working in developing countries to prevent the rise of drug lords. She also implemented a highly successful career progression program for DEA agents, which ensures the equal opportunity of all of the agency’s employees.
     Ms. Leonhart is a role model for both female and male agents and has served as a tireless advocate for women and minorities in law enforcement


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WIFLE Important Notice

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WIFLE-NCWP-EVAW International

Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief

Recognizing the enormous devastation to our fellow citizens in the Gulf States, WIFLE has made a financial contribution to the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org). The Executive Committee encourages all WIFLE members and friends to open their wallets and hearts by making their own contributions to any recognized legitimate charitable organization to assist in this relief effort.

In addition, WIFLE (Women in Federal Law Enforcement),  NCWP (National Center for Women and Policing), and EVAW International (End Violence Against Women International) have partnered to seek donations of items to be distributed to the various law enforcement professionals in the area devastated by Hurricane Katrina

The need to get basic items to the precincts cannot be overstated. Items such as blue or black cargo pants; combat boots and socks; flashlights and batteries; T- shirts that say POLICE; toiletries such as deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream; OTC meds such as aspirin, insect repellant, feminine hygiene products, eye drops, etc.; underwear - men's and women's all sizes- are desperately needed. 

The water is so polluted that when an officer has to get into it, their clothing and boots cannot be re-used because they have no way to wash them. Cuts on hands fester and awful infections set in. Many of the officers have not had the ability to change clothes or shower since the hurricane hit.

You are encouraged to send supplies directly to Sgt. Linda Law (Louisiana Department of Justice, State Attorney General's Office) who is stationed in New Orleans, using the address below. Sgt. Law is coordinating through the local Fraternal Order of Police to distribute items directly to law enforcement. 

Sgt. Linda Law
8359 Fortier Lane
Prairieville, LA. 70769

DO NOT SEND CASH to Sgt. Law; she is only coordinating tangible items.

PLEASE help us get critically needed items to the Police Departments which are struggling with the Katrina Hurricane disaster.

Give what you can.  No donation is too small and all donations are greatly needed and sincerely appreciated.

Sponsored by Women in Federal Law Enforcement, the National Center for Women and Policing, and End Violence Against Women International.


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