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CANTON — The Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement (MAWLE) Board of Directors is pleased to announce a free one-day training session for members to be held in June.


Thursday, June 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.)


Bank of Canton, 557 Washington Street, Canton


In collaboration with the Training Division of the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC), MAWLE will organize a training session titled “Female Enforcers”. The training, presented by Caliber Press, will focus on overcoming bias, promotion and advancement to the next level, leadership and mentoring, and tactical training and equipment.

This is a one-day program created especially for MAWLE members. Those who have access to the MPTC Acadis portal can register through the portal. Those who do not have access to Acadis should email [email protected] to register. The training is free.

The course will be taught by Caliber Press Deputy Chief (retired) Cyndy Velazquez, who served as a suburban Chicago police officer for more than 30 years. She served as a patrol officer, sergeant, detective, lieutenant and commander of the investigations unit. She served as the department’s first female deputy chief and was also named the first female deputy commander of the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force.

She holds a master’s degree in organizational behavior and a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement administration. She served in the US Army and received the Outstanding Squad Leader Award. She attended Northwestern University School of Staff and Command and is currently a defensive tactics and physical conditioning instructor at Suburban Law Enforcement Academy where she was named Instructor of the Year in 2013. She has also taught crime prevention classes. rape.

Deputy Chief Velazquez has been an instructor for Caliber Press since 2013 and is the principal and subject matter expert for all women-specific courses.

“We are thrilled to host this course and thank the MPTC and Caliber Press for providing this opportunity to our members,” said MAWLE Vice President Erin Carcia. “The course covers many topics and is specifically tailored to the unique experiences of women in law enforcement, and we encourage our members to register to attend.”