National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum to Host Women’s History Month Program

Tuesday, February 25, 2020| Authored by
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“Breaking the Blue Ceiling: Attracting, retaining, and advancing women in law enforcement”

WASHINGTON – The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will host a reception and panel discussion in the Museum on Wednesday, March 18 recognizing the advancement of women in law enforcement as well as discussing the challenges of recruiting, retaining, and advancing female talent in the law enforcement profession, and the unique experiences that women face in their roles to serve and protect.

A reception begins at 6 pm, followed by a panel discussion at 7 pm that will be moderated by Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Regina Lombardo. Panelists for this engaging discussion are slated to include:

  • Vera Bumpers, Chief of Police, METRO Police, Houston, Texas
  • Jim Dinkins, President, Thomson Reuters Special Services
  • Melissa Hyatt, Chief of Police, Baltimore County, Maryland
  • Diane Sabatino, Director, Customs and Border Patrol, Field Operations, Miami and Tampa Field Offices
  • Kristen Ziman, Chief of Police, Aurora, Illinois and Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police

“This is such an important program to be able to bring to the public,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto. “Highlighting the accomplishments, challenges and experiences of women who answer the call to serve and protect is the perfect way for the Memorial and Museum to acknowledge Women’s History Month and to honor the women who pave the way for future generations of female law enforcement leaders.”

“Women have made significant contributions to policing and holding a vital role in law enforcement,” noted Baltimore County (MD) Police Chief and panelist Melissa Hyatt. “Leadership in our field has a responsbility to foster a welcoming environment, encourage retention, and support advancement.”

“Breaking the Blue Ceiling” is part of the National Law Enforcement Museum’s ongoing Conversations series and is generously sponsored by Thomson Reuters. The public is invited to attend with a $10 discounted admission. Please note that seating is limited.

For media access, please contact Robyn Small at 202-737-8524.


About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Authorized by Congress in 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1984. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit The adjacent National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial contains the names of 21,910 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.

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