California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 19

attendees to lead at every level triumphs began in 1987 in the Bay Area when two women, Los Gatos Police Captain Alana Forrest and Menlo Park Police Commander Lacey Burt, met in a restaurant with 20 other female law enforcement professionals to discuss how to help each other in their profession. In 2006, after several years of small, local training events, the California Police Chiefs Association took the event statewide and brought in the State Sheriffs’ Association, the California Peace Officers’ Association and the California Highway Patrol as co-sponsors. To this day, WLLE hosts upwards of 800 female and male attendees each year. One of the biggest supporters of WLLE since its institution has been Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Chief, Scott Seaman. This year, Chief Seaman was recognized for all of his outstanding contributions and overwhelming support for WLLE throughout the past 10 years. WLLE has grown tremendously since 1987, and this year we were honored to have attendees from states such as; Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, New York, “WLLE helps me refocus and inspires me. I leave with a renewed sense of purpose.” Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Furthermore, WLLE played host to twelve very special female attendees from Tajikistan (a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia, bordering Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east). Female police officers in Tajikistan have been traditionally assigned to administrative duties only — very similar to the beginnings of law enforcement in the United States. This visit to the U.S., and more specifically to WLLE, was designed to allow the Tajik officers to network with their American counterparts and build lasting, mentoring friendships. Tajikistan is moving toward having their female police officers handle crimes against women and children, a progression that mirrors the evolution of duties assigned to female police officers in America. Planning for the 9th Annual Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium is already underway! We hope you will join us October 13-15, 2014 in Anaheim, CA. ? FALL 2013 | California Police Chief 19