BPD in the Community: MAWLE Mentorship Camp

BPD in the Community: Last week the Boston Police Department in collaboration with MAWLE (Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement) hosted a mentorship camp for middle school aged girls. It allows young women to experience the possibilities that exist in law enforcement. The girls met mentors and leaders and were empowered by the women that showed up for them this week.

The Boston Police Department offered its full support, Commissioner Cox hosted a Meet and Greet at HQ followed by a tour of several units: Operations/ 911, Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), Crime Lab, Firearms Analysis Unit, Video Evidence Unit, and Crime Scene Response Unit. Command staff talked about their Bureaus. Several female command staff talked with the group about their paths to leadership roles: they also took part with the girls in a boxing class offered by one of our officers, and some jumped in on Double Dutch thanks to the 40+ Double Dutch Club.

Our Crime Scene Response Unit created a training scene for the campers to process and find evidence. The BPD Explosive Ordinance Division took part with a chance to feel the weight of their job and their equipment…and invited the MSP EOD unit to introduce its robotic dog “SPOT”. The campers learned the inner workings of a police district in Dorchester, the importance of physical and mental health for our officers, and our Civil Rights Unit led a session about identity and being proud of who we are. Our current recruit class evening lent a hand with the camps cookout.

Thanks to all of the members of BPD who took part and all of our other partners, including: Mass State Police, Boston Municipal Court, Waltham PD: Drone Unit, Norfolk Sheriff’s Dept.: mobile command post and Drone unit, DCR Park Rangers, Boston FBI, City of Boston Credit Union (financial literacy session). Mrs. Massachusetts Plus America: Jillian Mattei

It was a fierce, fun filled week with 20+ girls that know there is a place for them in the futures with the Boston Police Department or with one of our partner agencies.