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Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE) is an organization that grew from an idea to bring together the female members of the law enforcement field from across the province.

It was recognized that many police services within Ontario are either too small or simply do not employ significant numbers of females to form individual organizations. This forum provides an opportunity for members to network and access professional development opportunities. Recognizing that there exists strength in unity and numbers, Ontario Women in Law Enforcement encourages women from each and every police service, and other affiliated law enforcement agencies within the province of Ontario, to collectively address their common interests and concerns. Read More...


21st OWLE Annual Awards Banquet

Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Location: Mississauga Grand Banquet Hall – 35 Brunel Road, Mississauga, Ontario

Registration is now open!
Need a hotel? We have a special rate $149 plus tax and includes breakfast. HiltonGarden Inn - 100 Traders Blvd. Mississauga. The hotel is located across the street from the banquet hall. Please call the direct line to book reservations: 1-905-829-9110 and quote the group code “PEELOW”.

Submissions for awards is now closed.


IAWP Announces 2019 Heritage Award Recipient

The IAWP is pleased to announce the 2019 Heritage Award recipient is Myra G. James.

Retired Sergeant Myra James has been a member of the IAWP since 1993 and a life member since 1994. She joined the Hamilton Police Service, Ontario, Canada in 1988 retiring in 2018 after 30 years’ service during which she served in a variety of roles. She was promoted to sergeant in July 1999 and again performed in different roles including sex crimes investigation, Crime stoppers coordinator, general crimes investigation, Traffic Safety Supervisor and Police Vehicle Operations as an instructor at the Ontario Police College. She also served for 3 months as an Assistant Venue Transport Manager for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Throughout her career with the Hamilton Police Service Myra has served on a number of committees relating to community service or women’s issues. She has been engaged with community projects and initiatives throughout her policing career and many she continues to participate in now in retirement. If you were to read the list of her community, club and external organisation involvement you will see a definite pattern, that of mentoring and development. She remains passionate about supporting others to reach their full potential in both their professional or personal lives, something she has been previously recognised for:
  • 1998 Leadership & Community Service Award Nominee from [IAWP Affiliate] Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE)
  • 2001 IAWP Presidential Recognition Award
  • 2003 IAWP Presidential Recognition Award
  • 2004 IAWP “Above & Beyond” certificate recipient
  • 2005 OWLE Mentoring Award Recipient
  • 2005 IAWP Mentoring Award Recipient
Myra joined the IAWP Board of directors as the Region 11 (Eastern Canada) coordinator in 2000 and has remained serving on the Board since then, serving in various positions, Affiliate Liaison, 3rd Vice President, 2nd Vice President and currently works hard as the Editor of IAWP’s ‘WomenPolice’ magazine. She was also a member of the 2000 Toronto IAWP Conference planning committee. She has also been actively involved in the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement, an IAWP affiliate, serving as Treasurer, Vice President, President and continues as a member of their Board of Trustees.

Myra says, “Receiving the IAWP Heritage Award is a life highlight for me and an honour. For 30 years I was blessed to have multiple opportunities in law enforcement and expand my capacity through involvement in the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement and the IAWP.”

Myra James will be honoured during the IAWP’s 57th Annual Training Conference due to take place between 23rd and 27th September in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
  • For details on the IAWP Heritage Award, Click here
  • To download the IAWP Media Release on the 2019 Heritage Award, Click here


Toronto Police Service 2019 South Asian Internal Support Network Gala

On behalf of the South Asian Internal Support Network (SA-ISN), you are invited to join us on Friday, April 5th, 2019 for our Gala to celebrate our 10th anniversary. The Gala will be held at Woodbine Banquet Hall located at 30 Vice Regent Blvd in Toronto. The theme for this year’s gala is the Sri Lankan culture.

The SA-ISN was formed in 2009 by the Toronto Police Service to encourage members from a similar background to provide and promote support, create networking opportunities, knowledge sharing and skills development. The main purpose of the ISN is to support the many different cultural groups within the Service and to ensure that the Toronto Police Service has an inclusive and welcoming work environment for all members as well as to support the community. Currently there are over 400 South Asian members in the Toronto Police Service.

The program for the evening will include a keynote address by Deputy Chief Peter Yuen, guest speaker, Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah from the HRPS, a showcase of South Asian culture, followed by a South Asian cuisine dinner. This event will attract an attendance of police personnel, elected members of government, business leaders, and community members across Ontario.

The SA-ISN would appreciate your support to encourage members of your respected units to attend this event.

Tickets are available at $55 each by emailing


Introducing a Documentary Project, 'comingoutcops'

The Ontario Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) is pleased to advise that Serving With Pride (SWP), Toronto Police Service – LGBTQ Internal Support Network (TPS-LGBTQ ISN) and Ottawa Police Service in partnership with DFF Productions will be announcing a new documentary project called ‘comingoutcops’.

The documentary will showcase Ontario LGBTQ2A law enforcement and criminal justice professional who are not only out there in sworn and civilian roles, but also ‘out’ member of the LGBTQ2A community. The goal is for LGBTQ2A police, corrections and criminal justice professionals tell their personal stories including their challenges and triumphs.

A website has been developed,, to explain the project and allow eligible professionals to upload their video submissions. From the submissions a production team will choose approximately five compelling stories to feature in the documentary.

‘comingoutcops’ will be premiered exclusively at the SWP 2019 OUT OF THE BLUE Gala and Awards event. After which, the documentary will be submitted to be shown at the 2020 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival.

The production team are excited about this project and it is their hope that the documentary will help to break down barriers and increase understanding.

Should anyone have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the production team at


Female Police Officers to Tackle Equity Barriers at Inaugural AWIP-ON Workshop

For Immediate Release: February 20, 2019


AXON Public Safety Canada Inc Partnership

OWLE is happy to announce a two-year renewal of our partnership with AXON Public Safety Canada Inc! Thank you AXON for your continued support for Women in Law Enforcement and your support to OWLE and AWLE. Click on the below link to see the official press release! For more information about AXON visit


OWLE Presents - Advancing Women in Policing - Ontario Workshop

Wed, 20 Feb 2019, 4:00 PM – Thu, 21 Feb 2019, 4:00 PM

The first part of this dynamic workshop series will be specific to women officers from all Ontario police agencies gathering to discuss challenges and barriers as they relate to recruitment, promotion and retention while brainstorming initiatives to address same.


2018 Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Annual Awards Banquet

Thank you to everyone who attended the 20th Annual OWLE Awards Banquet! Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners!

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