August 2, 2012
Motorola Solutions, NAWLEE Announce Winner of 10th Annual Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Award
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - Aug. 2, 2012— University of Connecticut (UConn) Police Chief Barbara O’Connor will receive the Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year (WoLEEY) Award tomorrow, jointly sponsored by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) and Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI). Jackie Wasni, vice president of Sales and Services for Motorola, established the award 10 years ago to recognize women in law enforcement who have succeeded in their own career and mentored other female law enforcement professionals. The award will be presented on Aug. 3 at the annual NAWLEE conference held in Austin, Texas.
O’Connor is currently the director of Public Safety/chief of Police for UConn, leading both police and fire personnel. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Westfield State College, a master’s degree in Labor Relations from the University of Massachusetts, and a law degree from the Western New England College of Law. She began her law enforcement career in 1983.
Chief O’Connor has led three university police departments. From 2001-09, she was the chief of Police for the University of Massachusetts and well-received as a “street-cop” who worked her way through the ranks. Her background and education have added to her credibility and fair approach to officers’ concerns.
In 2009, she was appointed executive director of Public Safety/chief of Police for the University of Illinois (UI). Chief O’Connor fought to increase the police department’s budget and number of officers. At a time when most other campus units were cutting back, she increased the sworn staffing by almost 20 percent. She also implemented a campus safety camera program with more than 700 integrated cameras monitored by the police department. After a series of break-ins to campus housing, O’Connor instituted a security guard program which helped quell fears and prevent future incidents.
Under Chief O’Connor, the UI police department greatly improved its Clery Act reporting requirements, began the accreditation process and received a grant for a crime analysis unit. She restructured the department and made community policing an activity for officers and all levels of command. Chief O’Connor’s breadth of knowledge and ability to apply what she learned at previous departments led to positive change for the UI.
Chief O’Connor continually acts as a mentor to other officers, serving as a role model and offering practical career advice garnered from years of experience as a successful leader. She is a long-standing member of NAWLEE and has served on several committees for the organization.
University of Connecticut Police Chief Barbara O’Connor
"It is my honor to serve and protect the members of the community along with those that work alongside me to keep the community safe. I am extremely grateful and proud to be selected. Law enforcement is a team effort, and I could not be successful without the help and support of the citizens and my officers."
Lieutenant Dawn Layman, NAWLEE president, Lenexa, Kan. Police Department
"Chief O’Connor continuously drives success in her organizations. Her knowledge as a ‘street cop’ as well as an administrator and attorney enable her to lead judiciously and fairly while serving as a role model to other female officers.”
Jackie Wasni, vice president of Sales and Services, Motorola Solutions
"Chief O’Connor’s outstanding efforts have created safer communities and shown her outstanding leadership skills. We commend her for her commitment to law enforcement and to NAWLEE. We are proud to select Chief O’Connor for this well-deserved achievement."
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The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) is the first organization established to address the unique needs of women holding senior management positions in law enforcement. NAWLEE is a non-profit organization sponsored and administered directly by law enforcement practitioners. Its mission is to serve and further the interests of women executives and those who aspire to be executives in law enforcement. For more information, please visit http://www.nawlee.com.
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