Future Women in Law Enforcement workshop launches in Calgary

News release

November 21, 2019     Calgary, Alberta     Calgary Police Service/Canada Border Services Agency/Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The 2019 Future Women in Law Enforcement (FWILE) workshop launches in Calgary this weekend with the aim of recruiting more women to law enforcement careers by providing hands-on experience in policing and border services fields. Seventy women are registered for this two-day event, which takes place at Calgary Police Service (CPS) Headquarters and is hosted jointly by the CPS, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

FWILE participants will rotate through interactive stations focusing on different components of the law enforcement career, such as forensics, defensive equipment, duty firearms, and physical fitness. Scenario-based training exercises will require participants to assume the role of a police officer and a border services officer, making real-time decisions with public safety implications.

Other highlights will include a mental health panel and a mentorship lunch led by serving and retired law enforcement officers. Participants will contribute to facilitated discussions around leadership, wellness, and diversity, while learning about the various job opportunities available to them.

FWILE provides opportunities for women interested in law enforcement to be mentored by strong, positive female role models. The workshop focuses on problem-solving, communication, teamwork, values and ethics, public service, integrity, professionalism, and respect.

Follow us on Twitter @CalgaryPolice, @CanBorderPRA, and @RCMPAlberta for live updates and photos from FWILE (#WomenInLawEnforcement).

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Quotes

“The Calgary Police Service is pleased to work alongside our partners to bring an event together for the future leaders in policing. We know that women play a critical role in the success of our organization and we want to provide those women considering a career in law enforcement with the information, encouragement, and support to succeed.”

    Acting Inspector Clare Smart, CPS

“Women play a critical role at the Canada Border Services Agency, keeping our country and Canadians safe by securing our border. It is an honour to collaborate with the Calgary Police Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police toward empowering women to succeed and increasing the representation of female officers within our ranks.”

    Brad Wozny, Acting Regional Director General, CBSA

"The RCMP is proud to be a diverse workforce that strives to be reflective of the citizens we serve. Working together with our partners, we are excited to showcase the career opportunities available to women who are looking for a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement."

    Assistant Commissioner Stephanie Sachsse, Federal Criminal Operations Officer – RCMP "K" Division

Quick facts

  • The first FWILE workshop was launched in 2014 as a mentorship component of the 52nd annual International Association of Women Police Training Conference, when Winnipeg hosted more than 500 delegates from 51 countries. The CBSA, RCMP, and Winnipeg Police Service later developed it into a standalone, replicable event.

  • In Alberta and across Canada last year, women represented approximately one out of every five police officers.

  • Registrations for the 2019 FWILE workshop in Calgary are closed and the event is at full capacity. Cities and dates for future workshops are to be determined, and will be announced at a later time.

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Contacts

CPS Media Relations
403-428-7979

CBSA Media Relations
204-290-0688

RCMP Media Relations
780-412-5261

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