Women in Law Enforcement Timeline
Police Officer Participating in 2011 National Police Week Events
Photograph: Prince George’s County Police Officer participating in National Police Week events, 2011.
Last Two Decades
1995: Penny Harrington founded the National Center for Women & Policing (NCWP) with Katherine Spillar, Executive Vice President of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
The NCWP strives to promote women in law enforcement and to show the benefits women bring to the field, particularly in improving police responses to violence against women.
The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) was also founded in 1995.
1999: The Interagency Committee on Women in Federal Law Enforcement (ICWIFLE), formed by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Treasury in 1977, was reorganized and renamed as Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) in June.
2002: In January, Margaret Moore, the former Assistant Director of the NCWP, and the highest ranking woman ever to serve in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, was appointed as the new Director of the NCWP.