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21 September 2009
Media Availability ; Center National for Women and Policing’s 14th Annual Leadership Training Conference
Contact: Janine Kava, Press Office
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
(518) 457-8906 or cell: (518) 275-5508
**Media Availability**
  • Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise E. O’Donnell
  • New York State Police Superintendent Harry J. Corbitt
  • State Police Col. Deborah J. Campbell, the highest–ranking woman in the New York State Police
  • Lt. Col. Patricia Groeber, the first woman to ever serve as a Troop commander for the New York State Police
  • Margaret Moore, director of the National Center for Women and Policing
  • Suzan Colon, resident agent in charge of the Syracuse office of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency 
Law enforcement leaders will discuss the importance of gender diversity, the inroads women have made in law enforcement and the roadblocks that still exist on the first day of the National Center for Women and Policing’s 14th annual Leadership Training Conference.
The conference will be attended by more than 150 women from 41 law enforcement agencies across the state – including the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, Amsterdam Police Department, Bethlehem Police Department, New York City Police Department, New York State Police and Saratoga Springs Police Department – and 17 agencies nationwide, including the New Jersey and Vermont state police and the Nebraska and Florida highway patrol.
The National Center for Women and Policing, headquartered in Virginia, is the largest organization of sworn and civilian women at the command levels of local law enforcement throughout the country.
10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, for the media availability with Deputy Secretary O’Donnell, Superintendent Corbitt, Colonel Campbell, Lt. Col. Groeber, Director Moore, Agent Colon and others.
Holiday Inn/Main Lobby
232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
A recent survey by the National Center for Women and Policing showed that women account for only 13 percent of police officers across the country. That number is slightly higher in New York State, with women accounting for 13.5 percent of sworn police personnel in 2008.
The two largest agencies in the state – the New York City Police Department and the New York State Police – have 6,249 female officers (17.5 percent) and 425 female officers (8.5 percent) respectively in their ranks.
The conference, which is being co-sponsored by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the New York State Police, will feature workshops on a variety of professional development topics, including investigation of human trafficking and internet crimes against children, interview and interrogation techniques/reading body language; time management; and workshops designed to help agencies recruit, retain and mentor female officers.

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