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International Women's Day

Strong Women - Strong Canada
Celebrating Women in Policing on International Women's Day

2014 IAWPToday (March 9, 2014), the Winnipeg Police Service joins with all Canadians in recognizing International Women’s Day, which marks the equality and contributions of women around the world.

We celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full participation, reflect on the challenges and barriers that remain, and consider future steps to achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives.

Within the Winnipeg Police Service, the catalyst for change and the opportunity for women to bring forward positive contributions to our broader efforts humbly began on December 22, 1916 at a meeting of the Winnipeg Police Commission when the following resolution was passed:

“moved by Mayor Waugh and resolved that two women be appointed as constables on the police department and that particulars as to their salaries, hours of work and other details be arranged by the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Constable.”

Helen WoollardIt did not take long to fill these jobs with the first official female police constable taken on strength on December 27th, 1916. The second woman joined her soon after on January 4th, 1917.

The Winnipeg Police Service ranks among one of the earliest departments in Canada to employ women as constables.

Beginning with our first female constable, Mary Dunn, on through the efforts of Helen Woollard – the first female to attend a full recruit class and wear a uniform on through to the many amazing women we serve with today – we have a lot to celebrate.

We also have a lot to look forward to!

Winnipeg to Host 2014 IAWP Conference

IAWP 2014

2014 marks an extra special year for women in policing in Winnipeg as our community will play host to the world at the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) 52nd Annual Training Conference set for September 28, 2014 to October 2, 2014.

The Winnipeg Police Service in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (D-Division) and the Brandon Police Service are proud to be hosting this conference. “The Strength of Many; Embracing Human Rights”, the theme of the conference will focus on the relationship between Human Rights and Policing issues.

Approximately 600 delegates from over 50 different countries are expected to attend Winnipeg for this event, which for the first time will feature training sessions being offered in both official languages. Some of the topics include; Human Trafficking, Sex Tourism and Gender Based Crimes.

IAWP 2014

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