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MIT Chief of Police To Head NAWLEE

By Sagara Wickramasekara

Anne P. Glavin, chief of the Campus Police at MIT, was recently elected President of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, a non-profit organization run mainly by female law enforcement professionals.

A unique role

Glavin was one of the five co-founders of the organization. “There aren’t that many women in law enforcement,” said Glavin, “and even fewer in command.” By offering seminars, holding conferences, and providing forums for open discussion, NAWLEE is serving to unite the women in an expanding field and provides them with a resource for them to turn to for help.

Founded in 1996, the organization was conceived at a conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police the year before. Arising from a need to unite women in leadership positions in law enforcement and to inspire women working in the field, the organization is the first to address the needs of women leaders in law enforcement across the nation.

Organization inspires leaders

One of NAWLEE’s main goals has been to bring new leaders into the fold by offering support and assistance to female officers looking to advance their rank, said Glavin. “We’re focusing on mentoring those aspiring to the position,” said Glavin.

Glavin names other goals as “professional development, our annual conference and more regional programs.” In the “long term, we want to become the recognized organization in law enforcement,” Glavin said.

Glavin has been with the Campus Police since 1975 and became Chief in 1987. As President of NAWLEE, she is in charge of setting the agenda for the year and focusing on the key issues with the members and board of directors. “[NAWLEE]’s young, and still growing by leaps and bounds,” said Glavin. The organization is holding its 5th annual conference in Wisconsin in August of next year.

More information on NAWLEE, the conference, opportunities for advancement, and its members is available at its website, <>