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Date: March-27-01
Contact: Mary Hood
Phone: 323-651-2532

Top Women in Law Enforcement and Leading Reformer Advocates Meet to Tackle Police Brutality, Family Violence and Gender Balance

The 6th annual National Center for Women & Policing (NCWP) conference: Redesigning Law Enforcement. The conference, co-sponsored by Women in Federal Law Enforcement, WIFLE, is expected to attract more than 900 top women in law enforcement.

*Wednesday, April 4 the NCWP will release its Status of Women in Policing survey report for 2000.


Lt. General Claudia Kennedy (ret.), formerly the highest ranking woman in the US Army

Eleanor Smeal, president, Feminist Majority Foundation

Chief Penny Harrington, director, NCWP; former chief, Portland, OR

Law Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, University of So. California

Katherine Spillar, national coordinator, Feminist Majority Foundation

Chief Steve Rosenbaum, Department of Justice

Sheriff Margo Frasier of Travis County, TX

Chief Kay Baldwin, Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Asst. Commissioner Bonni Tischler, U.S. Customs Service

Ida Gillis, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspectors

Lynda Castro, Captain, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

Sherriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2001 to Saturday, April, 7, 2001

Where: Rivera Resort and Racquet Club, Palm Springs, CA

The current and worsening crises of police corruption and excessive force scandals nationwide provide an unprecedented opportunity to examine the significant positive impact greater numbers of women make on the culture, operations and efficacy of law enforcement.

The conference curriculum will emphasize leadership training, the imperative for women law enforcement officers to work to increase the number of women in policing at all ranks, and critical law enforcement issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault and police family violence

Editors note: For a complete conference agenda or a copy of the 2000 Status of Women in Policing Survey call 323-651-2532. For more information visit

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