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    • Maintaining Healthy Relationships as a Federal Law Enforcer: Secrets to Successfully Manage Stress from Your Job, and Stop it From Harming Your Personal Life
      Most jobs have a certain degree of pressure attached to them, but working as a federal law enforcer can truly take stress to the next level. And no matter how much you may try to avoid it, it's practically impossible to prevent that stress from creeping into your personal life. The worst part is that it may take a friend or a family member to point out just how much it's all getting to you. It may be why law enforcers carry higher risks of divorce than many other professions. If you're starting to feel your personal and professional life crumble from the inside out, there are ways to turn it around. Publication PDF

    • 2019 Federal Pay & Benefits Outlook

      Republicans will sit in the House minority for the first time since 2010. In the time since the GOP took control, federal workers have endured— often through measures signed into law by former President Obama—three pay freezes, higher contributions to their retirement pensions and the erosion of civil service protections. Although the Trump administration is likely to continue to push for changes in federal compensation, it will encounter new opposition in 2019.

      This new special report explores how a shift in the balance of power in Washington will have major consequences for federal workers. Publication PDF

    • What's New in BlueThis episode of What’s New in Blue features Dr. Jon Sheinberg, a Board Certified Cardiologist and sworn officer from Texas who discusses the prevalence of coronary disease in law enforcement and offers suggested measures for officers to prevent heart attacks.
      VIDEO
    • Rank and File: Reflections on Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement    Abstract:  In August 2017, 40 rank-and-file officers met for a roundtable to discuss their roles in implementing their agencies' community policing policies and operations. The officers came from departments across the country and explored a wide range of issues from the viewpoint of those who work on the ground. The meeting provided insights and recommendations for ways in which officers, law enforcement leaders, and communities can work together to reduce crime - in particular illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime. They also discussed the need to support officer morale, safety, and wellness and explored emerging issues such as the growing opioid epidemic, providing forthright assessments of the current state of policing.   Publication PDF

      • Since 2011, the Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group has worked to improve the health and well-being of the men and women of our nation’s law enforcement agencies. In its most recent meeting in October 2017, the group met to explore methods of supporting emotional health and organizational wellness, concentrating on the continuing problem of officer suicides and the growing problem of ambushes and other felonious assaults on officers.  Publication PDF

      • Burea of Justice Statistics  WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Full-Time Employees in Law Enforcement Agencies, 1997-2016, which presents findings from BJS’s Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics survey on full-time employees in general-purpose local, county and state law enforcement agencies for 2016, with comparisons to prior years.  TITLE: Full-Time Employees in Law Enforcement Agencies, 1997-2016 (NCJ 251762) AUTHOR: BJS Statistician Shelley Hyland  WHERE:  www.bjs.gov

      •  Office of Justice Programs Law Enforcement Guide on International Parental Kidnapping, July 2018 PDF

      • U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, Review of Gender Equity in the Department’s Law Enforcement Component June 2018  PDF

      • Women in ICE https://www.ice.gov/features/women-ice June 2018

      • Hear it from WIFLE: Transforming the Role of Diversity in Law Enforcement Hiring.  FedAgent October 2016 Article

      • Women in Corporate Security Roles  Security Magazine’s article on the rising role of women in corporate security roles. https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/89067-2018-security-leadership-issue-the-rising-role-of-women-in-security

      • Principal Deputy Director Katharine T. Sullivan of the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women Delivers Testimony Before the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Entitled, “The Need to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act” Washington, DC 
        Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (PDF)

      • Federal law enforcement has a woman problem - POLITICO (Article URLPublished in POLITICO November 14, 2017

      • Women in Customs and Border Protection VIDEO

      • More Women Trainers Needed (Article URLPublished in Law and Order February 2016   

      • Transforming Law Enforcement by Changing the Face of Policing (PDF)  Submitted to the White House by:  Women in Federal Law Enforcement, along with coalition partners:  Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, National Asian Police Officers Association, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, National Latino Police Officers Association and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

      • Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission comprehensive report, Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement. October 5, 2016 (PDF)  The Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a comprehensive report today that examines barriers and promising practices – in recruitment, hiring and retention – for advancing diversity in law enforcement.  The report, developed with support from the Center for Policing Equity, aims to provide law enforcement agencies, especially small and mid-size agencies, with a resource to enhance the diversity of their workforce by highlighting specific strategies and efforts in place around the country.

      • Australian Federal Police (AFP) Diversity report released. Groundbreaking. August 22, 2016 Cultural Change: Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Australian Federal Police View Cultural Change: Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Australian Federal Police (PDF, 2MBOn 22 August 2016, AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin released the report Cultural Change: Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Australian Federal Police, following an independent review of the organisation by former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick. The report followed extensive consultation with more than 1,000 AFP members over the past six months. A number of key themes emerged during the review process:
        -the importance of strong leadership to cultural reform;
        -the differential impacts of AFP culture on men’s and women’s experiences;
        -high rates of sexual harassment and bullying in the AFP;
        -barriers to and opportunities for increased women’s representation in the AFP workforce; and,
        -the challenge of combining a police career with family.

      • Journal of Criminal Justice 2001 (PDFWho are the complaint-prone officers? An examination of the relationship between police officers' attributes, arrest activity, assignment, and citizen's complaints about excessive force.  Abstract  This article identifies the characteristics of police officers (officers’ background attributes, arrest activity, and assignment) who most frequently receive complaints from citizens regarding the use of excessive force. The data for the study were obtained from a large mid-western municipal police department. The results show that arrest activity, officer age, and officer gender are most strongly related to the receipt of citizen’s complaints about excessive force and differentiate high-complaint officers from low-complaint officers. Implications of the findings are discussed. (c)2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

      • From the New York Times: We Need More Female Police Officers http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/08/17/how-can-police-do-a-better-job-of-recruiting-officers/we-need-more-female-police-officers

      • From TIME: There is a simple solution to America's policing problem:  More Female Cops http://time.com/4406327/police-shootings-women-female-cops/ 

      • From the Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles Times, Opinion One group is responsible for America’s culture of violence, and it isn’t cops, black Americans, Muslims or rednecks. It’s men. What we don’t talk about is how the greatest predictor of violence isn’t religion, occupation or race. It’s gender. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-police-mass-shooting-men-women-gender-20160715-snap-story.html 

      • Joint Statement of Support for the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report Citing the Urgent Need for Transformational Culture Change in Policing through the Recruitment, Hiring, Retention, and Promotion of  Women and Minorities Press Release, Joint Statement Supporting 21st Century Policing   Issued March 2016

      Presents findings on local police departments by population served in 2013, including comparisons with previous surveys dating back to 1987. The report examines trends in the composition of local police officers by sex, race, and ethnicity. Data on the representation of female officers in local police supervisory positions are presented for the first time. It also covers the use of community policing strategies, specialized units, and task forces to address crime-related problems. Data are from the 2013 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey.
      Highlights:
      About 1 in 8 local police officers were female, including about 1 in 10 first-line supervisors.  
      Local police departments employed about 477,000 full-time sworn personnel in 2013, 35% more than in 1987. 
      About half (48%) of departments employed fewer than 10 officers. 
      More than half (54%) of local police officers were employed in jurisdictions with 100,000 or more residents. 
      About 27% of local police officers were members of a racial or ethnic minority, compared to 15% in 1987. 
      >Prior Reports 2007, 2003, 2000 (http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbse&sid=35)
       

      •  June 4, 2015.  Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment A Guide to Employment Rights, Protections, and Responsibilities.  Resource guide developed by the Office of Personnel Management, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Special Counsel, and the Merit Systems Protection Board.  Link to WIFLE Material.

                 view Handbook at OPM website 

      •  April 15, 2015. OPM Memorandum, the Handbook, and the Press Release on the new policies and guidance on Leave and Flexibility for Childbirth, Adoption, and Foster Care. 
                   Click image to view Handbook at OPM website.       Dr. Helen H. Yu, WIFLE Board Member.
      •   WIFLE Testimony submitted January 2015 to the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, PDF

         Final Report by the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing PDF |  Interim Report PDF

      •   Elizebeth Smith Friedman, America's Outstanding Codebreaker
           YouTube Video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?=EA0pp8AJciM
            WIFLE Announces an Award in her name PDF  |  Award Nomination Form PDF
            ATF re-Dedicates Auditorium in Elizebeth's name PDF

        WIFLE Project: Pregnancy Guidelines for Federal Law Enforcement, May 2011,  Pregnancy Guidelines

       1991: Celebrating Twenty Years of Women in Federal Law Enforcement (PDF)

      • A study published by the National Center for Women & Policing, Spring 2003, "Hiring & Retaining More Women: The Advantages to Law Enforcement Agencies," reported that women in law enforcement-
      • Rely on communication skills and interpersonal skills to a greater degree and are less likely to use excessive force.
        . Support community policing.
        . Emphasize communication and cooperation with citizens that may lead to better intelligence collection.
        . Respond more effectively to crimes of violence against women.
        Reduce incidents of sex discrimination and sexual harassment as their numbers increase.
        . Change the climate to allow for the incorporation of more family friendly policies that are beneficial to all.
        . Provide a different perspective that encourages management to examine practices to provide better law enforcement operations and services.
      • In the Face of Challenges, Women in Federal Law Enforcement Persist and Excel By: 
        Susan A. Keverline, Ph. D.
        2003 Study in PDF Format

      • WIFLE Pregnancy Guidelines for Federal Offices. PDF format

      Research

      • A study published by the National Center for Women & Policing, Spring 2003, "Hiring & Retaining More Women: The Advantages to Law Enforcement Agencies," reported that women in law enforcement-
        Rely on communication skills and interpersonal skills to a greater degree and are less likely to use excessive force.
        . Support community policing.
        . Emphasize communication and cooperation with citizens that may lead to better intelligence collection.
        . Respond more effectively to crimes of violence against women.
        Reduce incidents of sex discrimination and sexual harassment as their numbers increase.
        . Change the climate to allow for the incorporation of more family friendly policies that are beneficial to all.
        . Provide a different perspective that encourages management to examine practices to provide better law enforcement operations and services.

       

       


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