AWIPS is a growing group of women leaders within Alberta Public Safety agencies working to improve opportunities and outcomes for women.
Advancing women leaders in Alberta’s public safety community
AWIPS supports, connects and mentors women across agencies and advocates for women in Alberta’s public safety community.
In early 2016, then Assistant Deputy Minister of Status of Women Alberta, Kim Armstrong sought to bring together executive women in policing in the Province for a discussion on the issues unique to women in policing in Alberta. At that time, she reached out to the three large police agencies in the Province and invited women at the senior leadership level to meet. At that first meeting, there were 12 women, four from each agency. The most startling realization from the first meeting was that none of the women knew each other prior to that day. It was quickly evident from the beginning that there was a strong desire to continue meeting and to formalize the group in some way.
From those early beginnings, it was apparent that there was much work to do to organize the group in a more formal way and create a vision for what we wanted to be and what we hoped to achieve. With the ongoing support of A/DM Armstrong and Status of Women and the help of our facilitator, Jen Beyer from the Community Development Unit of the Province of Alberta, we have been able to solidify our vision for AWIPS and begin doing work to advance that vision.
Alberta’s colours are blue and gold to represent the prairies, mountains and the sky. The morning star acknowledges Indigenous people as it’s part of traditional creation teachings, for many nations.
Create an inclusive culture that supports the growth and development of women in Alberta’s public safety community.