Women in Federal Law Enforcement also known as WIFLE has been in existence since ICWIFLE in the 1970’s when it was an interagency committee formed by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Treasury. WIFLE incorporated a non-profit organization in June 1999 as Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc. to better continue the work of ICWIFLE. The WIFLE Foundation, incorporated in 2006, and serves as the educational arm of WIFLE providing Annual Leadership Training, seminars, and Scholarship Programs. To this day, WIFLE continues to be the only non-profit in the United States dedicated to addressing reasons why women remain underrepresented in Federal law enforcement. This year WIFLE celebrated its 20th anniversary at its Annual Leadership Training in Alexandria, Virginia July 15-18, 2019.
As part of our opening ceremonies, our keynote speaker Acting Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Regina Lombardo who spoke about her leadership journey. This was followed by the release of our 20th anniversary video “Women Behind the Badge: Celebrating the History and the Future of Women in Federal Law Enforcement”. This video highlights women who first sought out law enforcement careers, and how their trailblazing efforts cleared the way for future generations of women to serve and lead and have forever changed the face of law enforcement. The Project is a tribute to those early pioneers, for their courage, their determination, and their contributions, as well as a salute to the women in federal law enforcement whose contributions have paved the way for the undeniable improvements to the quality and character of law enforcement and leading federal law enforcement into the 21st century. This video can be viewed at wifle.org.
Participants had the opportunity to participate in sessions that focused on cognitive interviewing and interviewing violators who target children, facial recognition, human trafficking, conducting threat assessments, managing stress in law enforcement. In addition, celebrating in the Washington, D.C. area, allowed for tours of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the United States Capitol, the Law Enforcement Museum, as well as attends the Law Enforcement and Society Program developed by the Anti Defamation League and held at the United States Holocaust Museum.The highlight of the week was our WIFLE Awards. WIFLE recognized twenty-four women for their contributions to the profession of law enforcement by combating Human Trafficking, Public Corruption, Intelligence, Creating Diversity, and Bravery. More than 400 people attended the awards luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments of the awardees, their families, friends, and agency executives.The conference closed with Janine Driver, Body Language Expert and Author who presented “How to Get Exactly What You Want by Reading the Body Language of Murderers”. Janine dug into the fascinating non-verbal hot spots of murders Chris Watts, Jodi Arias, Scott Peterson, Susan Smith and Ted Bundy, cluing everybody into when someone might be holding something back from you.
Next year, WIFLE’s 21st Annual Leadership Training will be held August 3-6, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.