A Decade of Courage
During this extraordinary time, when the preservation of public health prohibits physical gatherings, San Diego will come together in spirit to celebrate and support the causes that matter most to us.
On August 27, the San Diego Police Foundation will present a virtual event to allow three extraordinary female leaders to step into the spotlight at the 10th Annual Women in Blue Celebration. Emblematic of the Women in Blue movement – which elevates the values of diversity and inclusion, as evidenced by courageous women who excel in careers seldom pursued by females – these leaders deserve to be honored.
Although these honorees do not all wear blue uniforms, nor do they do the same job, nor are they from the same locale or ethnic community, they all have one not-so-surprising characteristic in common: COURAGE.

It takes courage to take a path less traveled, courage to be in the minority, the only woman in the room or the patrol car, courage to speak up, and courage to act. In a world where too many stereotypes persist, it is critical to resist judging a person’s inner character by their outward characteristics. You might well picture a police officer as a male, but Women in Blue proves this point: police are our sisters and mothers, as well as our nieces, neighbors, and friends. They are not “They.”  They are us.

Police are people, often truly extraordinary people.

In fact, San Diegans can be proud that their police are a step ahead in so many ways:

  • Implementing best practices like community-oriented policing more than three decades ago, accelerating the inclusion of women and more fully reflecting the community SDPD serves.
  • Far exceeding the average percentage of female officers in police departments across the country: San Diego counts 17%, while just 12% is the norm.
  • Developing a nationally renowned Wellness Unit a decade ago to help police officers maintain physical and mental health, an effort led by one of our Women in Blue
  • Producing San Diego’s first female Chief of Police, who was the only woman among America’s twenty largest cities at that time.
  • Developing the innovative Women’s Leadership Conference to support the success of female personnel at SDPD.
  • Pioneering the SafetyNet® cyber safety training in partnership with the Police Foundation to keep kids safe online.
  • Making San Diego the safest big city in America.

As we celebrate ten years of Women in Blue, we take time to reflect back on 2010, when the San Diego Police Foundation held its inaugural Women in Blue Luncheon honoring a trio of trailblazers: Bonnie Dumanis, the first female District Attorney for San Diego County, Rana Sampson, then First Lady of San Diego and a veteran of NYPD, and Shelley Zimmerman, who would go on to be the first female Chief of the San Diego Police Department. Since then, Women in Blue has honored 26 leaders, who will be featured in the Faces of Courage display during this year’s virtual 10th Annual Women in Blue Celebration on August 27.

A compelling program awaits you. Be inspired. Join us for Women in Blue.

Virtual 10th Annual Women in Blue Celebration
“Celebrating A Decade of Courage”
Thursday, August 27
11:30am to 12:45pm
Tickets can still be purchased at www.sdpolicefoundation/events/women-in-blue
or calling Nickie Behdin at (619) 232-2130 x 111

Double your gift!

Thank you to our wonderful Matching Gift Donors, Elizabeth Ruch and Wayne Mayer! Due to their generosity, all $1,000 gifts made during the Women in Blue Celebration on August 27 will be matched up to $10,000!
“We believe in the San Diego Police Department and in the work that the men and women in blue do on our behalf. We want to do all we can to make sure every officer who serves has everything they need so they can better serve every citizen of our city. Together we, along with your contributions, can meet these critical needs and ensure that our police officers know they are surrounded by the support of the community. Helen Keller once said, ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.’ We hope that you will join us in supporting our officers on August 27.” – Elizabeth Ruch & Wayne Mayer

Thank you to our community members and business leaders whose passion propelled the Women in Blue movement!

Women in Blue Executive Cabinet

Pat V. Rose
Director, Corporate Security
Sempra Energy

Amanda Austensen
Global Security Operations Manager

Stephanie M. Brown
Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations
Manchester Financial Group

Vicki Mealer-Burke
Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer

Karyn Cerulli
SVP/Market Manager
Entercom San Diego

Teresa Cooper
Special Agent Corporate Security
Sempra Energy

P. Alison Fleming, CFP
Lumena Financial Strategies

Jeannette Kelbaugh
Lending Manager
Wheelhouse Credit Union

René McKee
Senior VP, Community and Public Relations
California Coast Credit Union

Nancy Rohland-Heinrich
Senior Vice President, External Relations
National University

Kelly Senados, CPP
Area Vice President, San Diego
Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.

Sisterhood of Courage Host Committee

Maria Stanley
Cici Stanley
Mariel Filippone
Malissa Sanfilippo

Dee Ammon
Ellen Bryson
Connie Conard
Nadine & Carlo Daleo
Vicki Eddy
Denise & Acacia Friedman
Nayda Locke
Julie Cowan Novak
Micki Olin
Kristi Pieper
Patti Roscoe
Barbie Spinazzola
Susan Waggener
Lori Walton

About the San Diego Police Foundation

By providing programs that enhance police-community relations and supplying vital equipment and training needed by police officers to do their jobs safely and with excellence, the Police Foundation builds trust between peace officers and the neighborhoods they serve, as well as increasing officer safety and community wellbeing. Crime prevention benefits those most at risk, such as victims of domestic violence and violent crimes, children, and the elderly, yet, the interests of everyone who lives, works or plays in San Diego are served by a region that is safe, peaceful and secure.

“Safe neighborhoods are vital to all that we hold dear:  our families and friends, our businesses, and our very quality of life,” says Sara Napoli, President and CEO of the Police Foundation. “This is something we all care about.”

For more information, visit www.sdpolicefoundation.org