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New York Women in Law Enforcement
PO Box 38052
Albany, NY

``To strengthen the Law Enforcement Community through the celebration of diversity, the promotion of education and the development of leaders.``


NYWLE was developed by a core group of 14 women representative of the many different areas of law enforcement within New York State who served as our founding Board of Directors. These women all shared a vision to strengthen the Law Enforcement Community through the celebration of diversity, the promotion of education and the development of leaders. To date, our organization has expanded to almost 400 members, led by our Board of Directors comprised of 21 women from across the state.

Each year, NYWLE hosts an annual training conference which affords women and men in law enforcement the opportunity to enhance their professional and personal lives through a range of relevant training topics. The election of new Board Officers takes place at each conference.

We are looking for both women and men who would like to work together to strengthen public recognition of the unique contributions of women to the profession of law enforcement.


Support & Promotion

To support the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in law enforcement.


To create a program for continued mentoring of both women in law enforcement and students interested in criminal justice.

Community Service

To sponsor community service projects which promote a positive relationship between law enforcement and the communities we serve.


To facilitate the sharing of training opportunities and to deliver such programs for the personal and professional development of its members.

Developing Leadership

To serve as an advocate for the development of the leadership skills and qualities in its members at whatever level they serve their individual agencies/organizations.

Maintaining Balance

To assist and support its members in maintaining the balance between their professional and personal lives.


Cathy Johansen – City of Peekskill Police Department

Welcome to New York Women in Law Enforcement (NYWLE) and welcome to our redesigned website. Our organizational goal is to connect with you, and keep you connected to personnel and resources to promote your professional and personal development.

We strive to maintain contact and communication during the year through our social media channels, virtual training, and monthly newsletters. Small group gatherings for networking, mentoring, and community service are coordinated at the local level by your regional directors. Our annual training conference in October affords the opportunity for greater interaction with peers, supervisors, and department leadership from around the state. Subject matter experts from various domains are enlisted to provide instruction and insight to broaden your perspective.

In this uncertain time of conflict, Covid, criminal justice reform, and safety concerns, be assured that NYWLE is here to support you and remains committed to strengthening the role of women in law enforcement. Stay vigilant and positive as you navigate your public service and private journeys. Hope our paths cross along the way!


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