I am truly honored to serve as your 2018 President of the New York Women in Law Enforcement Organization. I would like to welcome all of you to explore our website regularly to keep up with current news and upcoming events. You will find that NYWLE is comprised of numerous women and men of all ranks and titles from many different local, state and federal law enforcement and criminal justice agencies throughout the state. We are over 300 members strong, constantly trying to recruit more members. Our main goal is to support the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in law enforcement by providing training and support to develop and enhance leadership skills among our members. We will continue to strive to provide mentoring and training opportunities that will facilitate personal and professional growth for all of our members as well as any students interested in pursuing a criminal justice career.
With that said, I encourage you to put yourself out there and become an active member of our organization. NYWLE is only as strong as our membership! You all have a voice and something to contribute to this organization. We value your opinions.
At this past conference, I shared with all of you that when I first joined this organization I was intimidated by all of the successful women that I was surrounded by. If that is true for you too, do not be intimidated. Remember, the Board of Directors and I are here for support and guidance, advice or suggestions, or just to be your cheerleader. We are in your corner. Go ahead and apply for that position that makes you feel a little uncomfortable, accept that invitation to make a presentation, volunteer for that committee you’re interested in. It will be your biggest opportunity for growth! Have the courage to step up and take the challenge in front of you, whatever it may be.
I am excited for the year to come and will strive to keep NYWLE moving in the positive direction which was begun by all of the inspirational women that have held this position before me.
Watch out 2018, here we come!
Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual NYWLE Conference which will be Oct 17th – 19th, 2018 at Villa Roma in Callicoon, NY. In closing I will leave you with one final thought, “As women, we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for each other. As women, we must stand up for justice for all.” Michelle Obama