Dear NAWLEE Members:

Thank you for continued commitment, passion and dedication to mentoring and supporting women in law enforcement. As you know, NAWLEE was founded by a progressive group of female law enforcement leaders who wanted to create a venue for their unique needs. These women were not only pioneers but also incredible visionaries. As a group we are grateful to them and we’ve come a long way in the last 19 years. However, as an organization we recognize we are not static. Using the foundation established over the last 19 years, we continue to develop and shape our organization’s future.

NAWLEE no longer focuses solely on the unique needs of women in senior management positions. We are committed to mentoring and developing future law enforcement leaders, who happen to be women. Today, our organization is stronger than ever. We walk together as chiefs and officers of all ranks. We are a group of women helping our women members achieve success. And in doing so, we are ever mindful of our call to service.

As your President, I pledge to work with my colleagues on the Board and together we will move NAWLEE forward. Over the next year, with the aid and support of our new Executive Director, Dave Weisz, we will make a concerted effort to grow our membership-there is strength in numbers. I encourage you to participate in the membership drive that our E.D. has announced and I renew my call to each of you to recruit one new member this year!

Along with increasing our membership, creating a 501(c) 3, non-profit status, continues to be a high priority. Last year, under the leadership of Rhonda Lawson, we submitted an application to the Internal Revenue Service. There are several steps remaining in the process and I am working with the UConn Law School, monitoring the applications status and preparing the remaining documents necessary for our application.

We are changing the way we think about sponsorships and envisioning new partnerships to enhance fundraising opportunities. We will rely heavily on Dave’s experience and expertise in this area. As a national professional organization the time has come to think internationally. There are outstanding women law enforcement leaders all over the globe, and Inspector Ruth Roy’s commitment to our organization is an excellent example of all the possibilities!

Lastly, I truly enjoyed seeing so many new faces and meeting so many new members in Tucson. Our Tucson hosts deserve yet again another thank you for such an outstanding conference. There is a lot of work ahead of us. Please know I am honored to be serving as your President. Don’t hesitate to call or write with your suggestions, comments or concerns. I look forward to hearing from you. Until then, be safe!


Chief Barbara R. O’Connor, J.D.