Welcome to ACWAP

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The Australasian Council of Women and Policing Inc is working to improve policing for women

It was established in August 1997 and is a growing group of women and men within police services, law enforcement agencies and the community who are working together to:

• improve the policing services provided to women;

                            • improve opportunities and outcomes for women within policing;

          • participate in the global network of women in policing.

We invite you to join the Australasian Council of Women and Policing.

The horrific murder of three people, including two female Officers in Belgium yesterday reminds us all of the dangers faced when policing in today’s world. ACWAP sends it deepest sympathy and prayers to the families of all involved but particularly acknowledge the tragic deaths of Soraya Belkacemi and Lucile Garcia who gave their lives protecting the community they lived and worked in. ACWAP acknowledges their sacrifice and expresses our gratitude for their service which will not be forgotten.

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Call for Abstracts

2019 Australasian Council of Women and Policing Conference

The Australasian Council of Women and Policing (ACWAP), with the support of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), will host the 2019 ACWAP Conference in Canberra, Australia from 2 to 5 September 2019.

This prestigious event on the Australasian Law Enforcement calendar, will combine the 11th Biennial ACWAP Conference and the 21st ACWAP Excellence in Policing Awards.

The conference theme “Collaboration – The future belongs to us”:  will focus on how law enforcement responds to women in the communities we serve and how leadership can be strengthened especially for women.

The 2019 conference will provide an ideal learning and networking forum for police officers, police practitioners, law enforcement officers, federal agents, customs, immigration, quarantine, and corrections officers, investigators, managers, police administrators, lawyers, researchers, academics, activists, students, and advocates for women’s human rights both locally and internationally.

Abstract Submissions are open until Sunday 10 March 2019

Download the abstract submission form here.

A number of streams will be presented during the Conference including but not limited to:

Personal Development

Career pathways

Leadership development

Training and Development

Safety & Wellbeing

Engagement & Collaboration

Women, Peace & Security

Social Media

Indigenous & Multicultural Engagement

Effective Partnerships

Recruitment, Retention

Management & Governance

Organisational Change

Leading change

Ethics & Corruption

Diversity and Inclusion

Law Enforcement

Operational Policing (Investigations, case studies, new initiatives)

Prevention and Intervention (Disruption, intervention and prevention strategies)

Serious and Organised Crime

Domestic & Family Violence

Police Effectiveness

The conference invites people to consider speaking at the conference.  Those interested must provide an abstract to the Program Organising Committee. The criteria for the abstract are –

> It forms the basis of what you intend to give your oral presentation on at the conference;

> The oral presentation will be for 40 minutes, including question time;

> All presentations must be original work

> You must indicate your co-authors/presenters;

> All abstracts must be submitted via the instructions on the Conference website using the submission form located at website acwap.com.au

All presenters are encouraged to participant in full conference. A discounted registration rate will be offered for presenters.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission:              Extended to COB 15 April 2019

Notification of Acceptance:              30 April 2019

Deadline for author registration:      30 June 2019

Deadline for final paper submission: 30 July 2019

Program Organising Committee:

Chair:  Kylie Flower

Co – Chairs: Leanne Lomas and Kim Eaton

Abstract submission guidelines are available at:

Australasian Council of Women and Policing website: https://acwap.com.au/

Further information is available by email request to: acwap2019canberra@afp.gov.au

Griffith University

Griffith University – Women in Policing Scholarship

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University are offering a serving female police officer in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Nation, a $2500 scholarship to further their professional development.  The recipient may use the scholarship funds towards commencing an accredited university program, or in continuance of an accredited program already underway.  Funds may also be used to assist with expenses directly associated with the program (eg. course fees, text books).

It is a requirement that the study be relevant to policing. The recipient is asked to outline in their application how the study will benefit them in their profession and career progression within the policing context. Payment of scholarship funds will be dependent upon proof of enrolment in an accredited university program.

Female police officers are invited to submit an expression of interest of no more than two pages addressing the following, utilising the application form:

    • Title of program and name of University
    • Relevance to policing career. Clearly indicate how the course is relevant to the contemporary policing environment
    • Professional development benefits. Clearly state the relevance of these studies, for which you are applying for support, to your own individual professional development goals.  You should indicate how the completion of the studies will enhance your career trajectory.
  • Current enrolment status. (If program is underway: proof of enrolment and academic transcript.  If program has not yet been started: proof of enrolment, including proposed date of commencement.)

Please click here to download the Women in Policing Scholarship form. If you are interested in applying for the Scholarship, please submit your completed application to awards@acwap.com.au

Applications for the Griffith University Women in Policing Scholarship close on Friday 6 July 2018.

The successful applicant will be publicly announced at the 20th Excellence in Policing Awards in Perth Western Australia on 13 September 2018 as part of Professional Development Seminar “The Power of Many Equals”.  It is anticipated the successful applicant would be in attendance at the Awards Dinner to accept the scholarship.

For further information on ACWAP and the Development Seminar please go to www.ACWAP.com.au


To view Editions 41 and 42 of The Journal for Women and Policing please click on the images below: