Vermont State Police to host regional Women in Law Enforcement Leadership Conference


Vermont State Police to host regional Women in Law Enforcement Leadership Conference
Third-annual event takes place Sept. 27-28 at Jay Peak Resort

WATERBURY, VT (Sept. 24, 2018) — This week, more than 100 law-enforcement members from across New England will visit Jay Peak to attend the Women in Law Enforcement Leadership Conference. The Vermont State Police is hosting the third-annual event, sponsored by the New England State Police Administrators Conference.

The two-day Women in Law Enforcement Leadership Conference begins Thursday morning, Sept. 27, at the Jay PeakResort.

The event aims to promote professionalism among women who work in policing through education, training, mentoring and encouragement. Conference sessions include panel discussions with female command staff from throughout New England on challenges and resiliency; guest speakers, including the first and only woman serving as a federal judge in Vermont; communication strategies; peer-to-command sessions; opportunities for networking; and more.

About 40 members of the Vermont State Police and 100 other troopers from all six New England states are expected to attend.

“This conference is an exciting opportunity to connect with and learn from women in law enforcement from throughout the region,” said Vermont State Police Maj. Ingrid Jonas, who commands the Support Services Division and is the first woman to attain the rank of major in the agency.

“The conference receives praise from women who are new to law enforcement, and from women who have worked in policing for decades,” Jonas continued. “The conference also receives great feedback from men in executive leadership positions. We know that fostering diversity in thinking is critical to leading strong agencies and recruiting and retaining female troopers.”

Added Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police: “The Vermont State Police is honored to host this event and looks forward to welcoming everyone to the Green Mountains.”

The conference begins with Opening Ceremonies at 8 a.m. Thursday, followed by a keynote address from Maine Warden Service Chaplain Kate Braestrup at 9 a.m. A full agenda is available upon request.

Members of the media who wish to attend should coordinate with Vermont State Police Public Information Officer Adam Silverman by email at<>. Silverman will be on site from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday evening.


A contingent from the Massachusetts State Police will be attending the conference.