The Wisconsin Association of Women Police (WAWP) is a professional organization created by women in the law enforcement profession. Founded in 1983, the WAWP is governed by a set of by-laws and is managed by a Board of Directors, representative of all regions of the State of Wisconsin. The organization strives to enhance the professional image and recognition of women in law enforcement and related work.
The WAWP is the Wisconsin Chapter of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP). The IAWP was established in Los Angeles, California USA in 1915 by the first American policewomen as an international organization to provide professional development, mentoring, training, networking and recognition for female law enforcement officers and civilian support staff, as well as increase the numbers of women in policing. One-hundred years later, IAWP has members in more than 60 countries and continues the same traditions established by the founders.