It is truly my honor to serve as your President as we enter our second decade as an organization. As I reflect back to those early days when we were creating NYWLE and all that we have accomplished within our first 10 years, I must thank all who were involved in our formation, as well as those who have led us to where we are today. A heartfelt thanks to all who have served as our Board members and to those who have led this organization as President during this time. Without your continual and selfless work, New York Women in Law Enforcement would not be the organization it is today.
I would be remiss, however, if I did not acknowledge all of our members who have supported us along this journey. Whether you were a Regional Representative, a Committee member, a speaker at one of our events, or participated in a community service event, your efforts have made us what we are thus far. And it is with the continuing support of ALL members that we will move forward to make NYWLE stronger than ever in the years ahead.
The law enforcement profession faces many challenges today. It can be easy to believe that the criticisms we hear echoed through the media might reflect how our communities view law enforcement agencies and officers. But I can assure you that is simply not true. While there are those who are critical of the actions of some officers, the majority of the public recognize the sacrifices that all who serve in this noble profession make every day to keep their communities safe. As women, we tend to be strong in emotional intelligence and possess the ability to empathize with others. This is one reason why I believe that law enforcement desperately needs female officers and leaders to help us through this troubling time.
I thank each of you for what you do for this wonderful profession that I have been blessed to be a part of and for what you will continue to do as you put your lives on the line each and every day. Be strong, be safe, and reach out to help one another. The networking and friendships that you have developed are a primary reason that we created NYWLE ten years ago and it is those relationships that will keep us strong for the next ten years.