I am honored, grateful and very excited to once again represent NAWLEE as your President in the coming year. Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Board of Directors: Deputy Chief Valerie Cunningham 1st Vice-President; Chief Dawn Tondini, 2nd Vice President; Lieutenant Tammie Reeder, Treasurer; Lieutenant Stacy Simmons, Secretary; Inspector Cris Cunningham Associate Member-at-Large; Inspector Ruth Roy, Immediate Past President; Jackie Wasni, Ex-Officio. and Suzanne Beyba, Ex-Officio. I am eager to work with all of these amazing women whose leadership, service and dedication to NAWLEE remains unparalleled; and also look forward to working with our Executive Director Dave Weisz as we continue to move NAWLEE forward.

For those of you who were not able to make this year’s NAWLEE Conference in Indianapolis, – you missed a great conference! The Indy Conference Committee headed up by Deputy Chief Val Cunningham, Sergeant Catherine Cummings and their team was simply on point and amazing. They did a great job hosting the 21st Annual Conference. Thank you to everyone that that was able to join us this year and special thanks to our gracious hosts.

I would like to share with you some ideas identified for accomplishment during the course of the next year and beyond which I believe will allow our organization to continue to thrive. First, I look to the membership to play a more active role in NAWLEE throughout the year, and will seek additional opportunities for members to become involved in the organization. This involves sharing information with the membership through various communication methods and, most importantly, receiving feedback and ideas from the membership. The more perspectives we consider, the stronger our outcomes will be.

Secondly, as many of you may know, over the past several years the NAWLEE Board has been working to create the NAWLEE Foundation. We are very pleased to report earlier this year we received final approval as a 501c3 organization from the IRS for the NAWLEE Foundation. Along, with the NAWLEE Foundation your Board will be continuing to work on the NAWLEE strategic plan. The strategic plan is very important to the future growth and continued success of our organization. Six key components were identified to assist in moving the organization forward: Membership, Website, Conference, Operations, Research and Development, and Training. Moving forward throughout the year, I strongly encourage each of you to become involved in the NAWLEE organization by assisting/volunteering: on a NAWLEE committee, participating in the mentoring program, as well as being an overall ambassador for NAWLEE. Please also consider hosting the annual conference as we are currently seeking hosts for 2018 and beyond. Hosting the annual conference is a very rewarding experience. If you have questions or are interested in learning more please contact me.

For those attending the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in San Diego, I invite you to attend the NAWLEE Breakfast on Monday, October 17h from 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM at the Harbor House Restaurant in Seaport Village, 831 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA. We are appreciative of Whelen for their continued support of our organization and their sponsorship of this event. This event is by invitation only and attendees must RSVP to attend event .

Although our profession is going through some very difficult times I am reminded and comforted with the fact that our membership is made of dedicated individuals who ‘know the way’ and will ‘lead the way’ in seizing opportunities within our communities and profession to stay the course and make things better for everyone. The “time is now”.

In closing, if you have any ideas or suggestions on how to further the success of our organization, please don’t’ hesitate to contact me dlayman@lenexa.com , a Board Member or Executive Director Dave Weisz at info@nawlee.org

I am confident that with the collective efforts of the executive board and the membership, we will continue to grow NAWLEE to the premiere organization we know it to be.

Stay Safe,
Dawn

NAWLEE President
Major Lenexa(KS) Police Department