Lexington to host international conference of female police officers

Officers from around world will attend

jkegley@herald-leader.comAugust 5, 2011 

The fourth and final conference hosted by the Lexington police department this summer will bring hundreds of female officers from around the world to Lexington for training and education.

The International Association of Women Police Conference also will mark the inauguration of the United Nations' female police peacekeepers' initiative. The program, started by U.N. police adviser Ann Marie Orler, will promote the participation of female police officers in international peacekeeping operations.

According to a news release from Lexington police, the officers will come from the United States, South Africa, Germany, England and "dozens of other countries."

Many of the attendees come from countries where women may be police officers but are not allowed to drive cars, the release said. Many of those officers will drive for the first time while in Lexington, during a seminar that will train them in police driving techniques.

The event will be Aug. 21 to 25. It will be the fourth law enforcement organization to hold a conference in Lexington this year

The International Association of Auto Theft Investigations held its annual conference in May, followed by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives in July.

The Kentucky Tactical Officers Association will hold a conference in Lexington next week.

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