Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June 2014

Hello Region 5 Members,
   It has been over a year since I updated my blog. I can give many excuses, but  basically I have not made the time to update it and i apologize.
   What has been weighing heavy on my heart is all the young girls that have been taken in Africa. I certainly hope they are found and returned to their families unharmed.
    The global initiative to end human trafficking. As we most recently have shown here in the United States, we have just arrested 168 persons for human trafficking here. This is a global problem that is just getting worse and now catching the headlines everywhere.
     The Police Women in Afghanistan choose to serve their communities through numerous hardships such as being shunned from their community, abused or killed for their work. We need to lift them up to our higher powers and protect them.
     On the homefront, here at Oxford Police Department, we are loosing a great female officer to the ATF in Pensacola, Florida. I am very sad to see her leave OPD because of the outstanding community service she provides this community, but I know it will be ATF gain and she will prosper in her new position. We are down to three female officers of a deparment of 62 and I hope that we can bring some in that are even half the calibre of Katherine Evans. For those of you in Florida, please show her some love.
    The Winnipeg conference is right around the corner, September 28-October 2nd, 2014. If you have not registered please due so. I am going, but I have no where to stay as of yet. I need a roomie for those of you going.
    Take care for now,
     Libby "Liz" Lytle

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Trinidad and Tobago Board Meeting April 20-21, 2013

Hello all!
   I am sending this from Trinidad at the early board meeting. I am representing you as your regional coordinator and I am coming back with specific tasks to be more involved with the magazine we publish, Women Police. I must, must, must send at least four articles a year to the editor from our region. So I need to get input on you as to what you want to see in the magazine highlighting our region. I will make some article ideas up since it is my job. I would really like to have ideas from you. You don't have to write it all up. We have a team that can help us with that, so don't be discouraged like I have been. If we want our stuff in the magazine, we must, I must write some stuff up.
As your regional coordinator, I want to include all the great things we do here in the south.
Updates from the board meeting will be coming shortly. We have been very productive yesterday and so far today.
As always, be safe and holler at me with ideas!
your friend,

Saturday, January 12, 2013

January 2013

Hello Members.
    I would like to welcome you the new year and hope that you all found time to spend with your loved ones over the holidays.
    We have two new members here in Region 5 that I would like to get a shout out to. Detective Deborah Ryan of Monroe Co. S. O. Florida, and Denise Womer, retired LEO now a Professor in Forensics who lives in the wonderful Orlando, Florida.
   As you can see on the IAWP website there has been a lot of changes and members only section. I hope you all check it out and enjoy the updated new look. Carol Paterick, our web designer has done an amazing job!
   I will share with you some tidbits about the first movement of women in policing that was documented by articles I found doing my research for my thesis on the history of women in policing. Women who were wanting to work as matrons (first steps into law enforcement) over women and children had to have a college degree or college training in certain areas of social work to be applicable for this job. I am talking the early 1900's! This was amazing for women to get an education back then, and usually it was the wives of men who were in the political areana that would allow the women to attend college since it was expensive and controversial at the same time. In 1921 the Boston school of Public Service offered a five month course of instruction with the purpose of preparing student for definite public and civil service positions. In 1924 the New York School of Social Work announced a program of instruction and field work intended to prepare properly qualified women to direct the work of policewomen. Lt. Mina C. Van Winkle, director of the Woman’s Bureau of the Metropolitan P.D. of the District of Columbia, and President of IAWP, cooperated with George Washington University to offer a series of social service courses including police organization and administration at the same time of the New York School of Social Work.The University of California was the first university in the U.S. to offer definite courses on the work of women police in its department of Criminology. It was organized and directed by Alice Stebbins Wells, the president of IAWP.  
    In general the movement for women police in this country has been sponsored by women’s groups and by private volunteer civic, state and national law enforcement, and social hygiene associations.  Mrs. Marie Owen in 1893 a patrolman’s widow, was given an appointment in the Detective Bureau of the Police Department. The first recorded instance on information available of a women receiving police powers in order to deal effectively and directly with social conditions threatening the moral safety of young girls and women. In 1905 during the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon. Mrs. Lola Baldwin, a travelers aid society secretary was given police powers and put in charge of protecting young girls and women during this exposition. In 1910 the city council passed an ordinance creating the position of police matron but which carried duties which today are considered to be those of women police. Mrs. Alice Stebbins Wells, in 1910 to her appointment as a police officer. In 1911 the position of women police officer in Los Angeles was placed under Civil Service, and October 1912 there were three women officers and three police matrons.
    I hope you have found this information as insightful as I did. Thank you to the wonderful trailblazers who came before me to provide the job that I love so dearly!
Be safe out there ladies!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fallen Officers in Region 5 this year.

It is with a heavy heart I report the following deaths in the line of duty for Region 5.
Deputy Sheriff Randall L. Benoit, Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office, Louisiana was killed in an automobile accident at approximately 0800hrs on January 18th, 2012. He served with the Sheriff's Office for 18 years.
Corporal Barbara Ester with Arkansas Dept. of Corrections. She was stabbed to death by an inmate at the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys, Arkansas January 20, 2012. She had served with the for 12 years.
Police Officer Steven Green, Mobile, Alabama Police Dept was stabbed to death by a prisoner while being transported to the county jail on February 3, 2012. The suspect took the officers weapon and fled the scene. Officers pursued him and engaged in a shootout killing the suspect. He had served with Mobile P.D. for 20 months.
Reserve Deputy Don Williams, Dale County Sheriff's Office, Alabama died after a single vehicle accident on February 8, 2012. He had served as a reserve deputy for 17 years.
Detective David White, Clay County Sheriff's Office, Florida was shot and killed during a raid of a suspected drug house on February 16,2012. The suspect was shot and killed on scene by others officers as the suspect fled out the back door of the residence. He was a military veteran and served with Clay County for 9 years.
Deputy Sheriff Barbara Pill, Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida was shot and killed on March 6, 2012. She was stopping a vehicle wanted in connection with a stolen property call from a local motel. Two suspects were apprehended after a short vehicle pursuit. She had been in law enforcement for 30 years, 15 years with Brevard County S.O.
Keep their families, friends, co-workers and all first responders in your prayers!
Stay safe,

Monday, February 27, 2012

IAWP Election of Officers 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio

Hello members,
I found some interesting data from elections of officers in May 1927 from the annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. I feel that since we are during an election time it might be interesting to those members who are participating.
A amendment was passed for the addition of two Vice-Presidents and a Board of Directors. Miss Eleanor Hutzel, from Detroit Michigan was elected 1st Vice-President and Miss Dorothy Doan Henry from Cleveland, Ohio was elected 2nd Vice-President. The five Board of Directors elected were Miss Henrietta Additon from Philadelphia, PA., Lieutenant John Brandenburger, St. Louis, MO., Miss Jessie Binford, Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Katharine Bement Davis from New York City, and Miss Mary Driscoll from Boston, MA. These 5 represented the Executive Board.
Several regional Chairmen were selected as follows: Miss Anna B. Mangan from Lynn, MA., Mrs. Mary Sullivan from New York City, Miss Annette Steele from Knoxville, TN., Mrs Mable Rockwell from Chicago, IL., Mrs. Beulah McNeil from Kenosha, WI., Mrs. Inah M. Peterson from Witchita, Kansas, and Miss Martha Randall from Portland, OR.
Delegates from 40 cities and 26 states made the annual meeting the largest ever held by the Association. In July of 1927 the Association was incorportated under the laws of the District of Columbia.
This was obtained from the Journal of Social Hygiene Volume XIII 1927.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I found it!
email me if you want any further data that I have on hand.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

IAWP, former IPA many years ago

Hello members,
Sorry its been so long since I last updated my blog. It doesnt seem like anyone reads it, so I hope to give it some excitement this time.
I have been doing research for my thesis at the University of Mississippi and have came across some really interesting facts about IAWP I think would inspire you all, or ya'll if you live in the south.
Did you know that in June, 1914, at the time of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections, Mrs. Alice Stebbins Wells, policewoman of Los Angeles, California, asked and secured from the Secretary a place in the 1915 program for the presentation of the subject of women officers in police departments. On May 17th, 1915, the women police in attendance at the conference organized their association of which Mrs. Wells was elected president. The objects of the association were "to act as a clearing house for compiliation and disseminaiton of information on the work of women police, to aim for high standards of work and to promote the preventive and protective service by police departments". This organization that is known now as the IAWP, was so named according to Mrs. Well's hope that women police of all countries, where such officers were employed, would find, in this organization, a medium for mutual expression and exchange of experience. There were women present from 22 states in the United States and from Canada.
The suggestions for the mission then is much the same as it is now. The work of women should be largely preventive and protective; trained women is urgent; courses of instruction of Institutes of Social Science, in Schools for Social Work, with field work in police departments are needed; proper legislation should be secured for the appointment of women police; women's divisions should be established within the police department and led by a woman with rank not lower than that of captain; careful records should be kept and monthly reports of work shoud be made to the Departments; simple civilian clothes of dark color, preferably navy blue, should be work on ordinary duty, and certain special duty might require a uniform; exchange of women officers by numicipalities would be provided for enlarged experience and would make for standardization of work and methods.
There were 9 district vice-presidents, 8 covering the United States and 1, Mrs. James Robinson, of Saskatchewan, Canada, were appointed to act as special agents in all matters pertaining to the movement in their respective territories. There were three standing committees: Education, Program and the Auxilary committee. In 1917, Miss Damer-Dawson, of England, accepted membership on this last named committee. The results of the work done in the United States was used to rouse the public opinion in England.
In 1919, Lt. Mina C Van Winkle, the Director of the Woman's Bureau of the Metropolitian Police Department of Washington, D.C. was voted in as president of IAWP. Her first act as president was to send out a quesitonnaire for the purpose of securing information on the status of the work of women police throughout the country. This information was shared at the next annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1920. Also, from this information she received, the book Women Police was written by Chloe Owings in 1969 whereas this information has lasted over the years and been useful in my journey of time of both women police in Mississippi and IAWP.
I will be sharing tidbits from the resources I have came across that identify IAWP as the reason the women police movement went across the United States and other countries.
I am so very excited to share this information and hope that you will find it exciting as well.
More to follow soon.........

Friday, July 29, 2011

MSWLEA 4th Annual Conference

Hello members,
We just completed another amazing conference here in Oxford, MS. for the 4th annual Mississippi Women's Law Enforcement Assocation. We had some excellent training on Human Trafficking by one of our own, Adriane Reesey from the Broward County Sheriff's Office in Florida and FBI Special Agent Tracey Harris from the Memphis Field Division. We then had Special Assistant Attorney General Paula Broome from the Domestic Violence division, talking about stalking and strangulation. Chief Kirkpatrick from Spokane, Washington Police Department then came and knocked our socks off with training on leadership in a most dynamic way. The last day we had Dr. Linda Keena from the University of Mississippi talk to us on Servant Leadership and our leadership style. I.R.S. Agent Ashley Allen then came and did some much needed training on Self-defense. So see.......if you were not here you really missed a most amazing conference!
3rd Vice-President of IAWP, Heather Kouts spoke to us about the benefits of membership in the IAWP and then I spoke a bit on how IAWP helped me to form the MSWLEA assocation.
I hope to be able to reach out to the membership in Alabama and Arkansas so we can one day have a person from each state attend the IAWP Conference, so put the word out and help me ladies!
We have just a couple weeks until the IAWP conference in Kentucky so lets get those registrations in and lets make region 5 proud.
Be safe, Liz

Lt. Carol Scruggs (end of shift 6/25/2010)

Lt. Carol Scruggs (end of shift 6/25/2010)
Marshall County Sheriff's Department