The International Association of Women Police Conference is kicking off in downtown Anchorage.
More than 700 law enforcement representatives from over three-dozen countries are expected to attend the week-long event.
The event is geared toward women and men are welcome to attend and focuses on training and best practices.
Capt. Julie Shank, co-chair of the conference says that the leadership in law enforcement takes both men and women.
Pre-conference activities include the Board of Directors meeting with over 60 participants. The conference week will kick off with the opening ceremonies and uniformed parade of nations leading to the awards luncheon, which celebrates the achievements of women police throughout the world.
Training classes and guest speakers continue through the week with special events scheduled in the evenings to showcase Alaska. In addition, the conference will include a companion program with tours and opportunities to experience the Last Frontier.
The IAWP was founded in 1915 to strengthen, unite, and raise the capacity of women in policing internationally. The IAWP has members in over 60 countries and supports the unique role women play in law enforcement. The IAWP provides training, mentoring, peer support, and networking for members and highlights issues affecting women in law enforcement throughout the world.