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Women's Leadership Course at ILEA Bangkok

Posted by Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Director Connie Patrick


It is incumbent upon today’s law enforcement leaders to foster an environment where everyone has the opportunity to advance and thrive. Good leaders are not determined by whether someone is male or female or by what country they live in, but rather by their knowledge and integrity.

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a course on a subject near to my heart: Women in Law Enforcement Leadership.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) Leadership and International Capacity Building Division conducted the Women in Law Enforcement Leadership Training Program at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Bangkok, Thailand. 


FLETC Director Connie Patrick participates on Women in Law Enforcement Leadership panel at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo courtesy of FLETC PAO.
FLETC Director Connie Patrick participates on Women in Law Enforcement Leadership panel at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo courtesy of FLETC PAO.

Forty-six women from ten nations including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore attended the program. FLETC Assistant Director Dominick Braccio, Thailand Police Colonel Maturos Swaengboon, DEA Supervisory Special Agent Angela Warner and I conducted a panel discussion on women’s leadership themes. During our conversation, we talked about the challenges and opportunities facing the next generation of women in law enforcement, and we covered key topics such as work-life balance and overcoming traditional barriers to advancement. Presentations from the U.S. Ambassador to the Royal Kingdom of Thailand Kristie Kenney and the U.S. Embassy Thailand Deputy Chief of Mission Judith Cefkin enhanced the program.

U.S. Ambassador to the Royal Kingdom of Thailand Kristie Kenney addresses the more than 40 women who attended the Women in Law Enforcement Leadership Training Program. Photo courtesy of FLETC PAO.
U.S. Ambassador to the Royal Kingdom of Thailand Kristie Kenney addresses the more than 40 women who attended the Women in Law Enforcement Leadership Training Program. Photo courtesy of FLETC PAO.
Within DHS, one way we reaffirm our commitment to progress is by doing all we can to recruit qualified and talented staff. Nationwide we advance the rights, security and dignity of women through work our work in areas like combating human trafficking, protecting immigrants who are victims of domestic violence and other crimes, and ensuring parents have the tools they need to keep their children safe online.

Developing our future leaders is essential to delivering our mission on behalf of the American people. As I think about the women leaders I’ve encountered throughout my career, I’m optimistic about women’s prospects for advancement both within DHS, across the nation and around the world.

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