There are also some outstanding regional associations that offer networking opportunities for crimefighters from around the nation. The Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement (RMWLE) annual conference offers training for both sworn and civilian personnel as well as great socializing in beautiful surroundings. RMWLE is rapidly becoming a national force on the conference scene, and its outstanding staff of men and women think of absolutely everything. The El Paso, TX PD Empowering Women in Law Enforcement conference is also growing by leaps and bounds and now boasts international attendance. Well organized and easy to get to, this event is perfect for a conference newbie. Organized by a tight-knit group of women who are supported by the entire El Paso community, attendees feel like a part of the family from the moment they arrive. California's Women Leaders in Law Enforcement is another annual event that continues to grow.
Many states such as New York, New Jersey, Texas, Iowa and Wisconsin (just to name few) offer local training conferences for female cops. There are also state, local and national organizations and training conferences for dispatchers, records managers, and other civilian personnel.
One of the many traits that all these events have in common is the positive atmosphere that attendees experience at each conference. These are not bitching, whining, man-bashing sessions, nor are they girls' night out disguised as police training. If you attend any one of these conferences, you will walk away with new skills, abilities and information. Many of the attendees pay their own way and use personal leave time to attend these events. Notably, many men in the law enforcement profession attend and volunteer at these conferences, and I've never met one who didn't thoroughly enjoy the experience.
I know we're all busy and money is tight, but if you are serious about your career in police work, you truly need to broaden your horizons and get out there and network!