November 2020 Monthly Newsletter

MAWLE Membership: We are excited to share! From December 2020 and moving forward, we will be sending out monthly newsletters that include, yet are not limited to, important organizational goals, various committee updates, media stories, laws and bills that affect our profession, announcements of new hires and promotions of females throughout the state, training information, fundraising and charity efforts and SO MUCH MORE! We are hopeful that they will keep you informed and updated, most especially during this pandemic. It is important to us, that this regular communication aligns closely with the overall mission of the Association: Fostering and Promoting Professional Development and Training, Recognition, Mentoring, Networking and Peer Support Opportunities. Please be sure to share your feedback, questions, shout outs, ideas and any articles/blogs you have written that focus on issues surrounding women in law enforcement. We cannot wait to hear from you as we initiate this new communication strategy.

Membership/Committee Updates

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Amyleigh DeVito as the Secretary of MAWLE. Amy is a ten year veteran of the Boston Police Department She is currently a Detective assigned to District B3 (Mattapan). Amyleigh holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Lasell University. She is an active member of MAWLE and has enjoyed engaging with girls through the Women in Blue program. When she is not working, she enjoys working out and quality time with her dog. 

Committee Updates: As we continue to map out our goals and priorities for the next few months we ask that you reach out if you have interest in supporting one of the following committees: (email and

  • Organizational Structure Committee
  • Financial/Membership Committee
  • Training/Professional Development Committee
  • Publication/Communications Committee

Membership and Recruitment Efforts: Please keep your eye out for outreach from colleagues/liaisons in your area or sector regarding recruitment and membership efforts. We need your help and ask each of you to identify 2 women in the field to join the association and be a part of MAWLE. 

Donation Efforts: As the holiday season is upon us and many are in times of need we are pleased to share that we will be coordinating a book of 100 ($5) scratch tickets at $20 a chance and the drawing will be done on December 18th. The winner will be notified by the MAWLE E-board and through Facebook live. All proceeds will go to the Sojourner House in Boston.  

“The mission of Sojourner House is to promote healthy relationships by providing culturally sensitive support, advocacy, housing, and education for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking; and to effect systems change.” 

Professional Development Save the Date Work Life Thriving: Women, Work, and COVID
MAWLE Work Life Thriving; Women, Work and COVID-19 Coffee and Chat We will be sending out content and materials prior to this event for review or reference Email if you are interested in presenting or being a panelist to share personal experiences or advice. Wednesday December 16 2020 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please email for the zoom invite/details.
MAWLE Working Women COVID 
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12/16/20 10:00am – 12/16/20 11:00am  I’ll be there! Maybe. I can’t make it.

Reminder Virtual Spirit of MAWLE Awards/Holiday Social Thursday, December 3rd 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Please email and for the zoom invite/details.

Recognition/Welcome/Shout Outs

MAWLE and the Shirley Police Department would like to welcome Officer Monicka Jean-Baptiste who was appointed as a full-time police officer. 

MAWLE would like to congratulate Christa Cabral on her retirement from the Sandwich Police Department. Christa served the community for 15 years and was thankful for her position of School Resouce Officer for the past 10 years which allowed her to build relationships with many of the children in the Sandwich Community! Thank you for your service and enjoy your retirement. We wish you the best of luck in your next endeavors.

MAWLE is pleased to announce two promotions at the Maynard Police Department: Congratulations to Brian Cushing, who was promoted to the position of Lieutenant & Trista Manchuso who was promoted to the position of Sergeant.

Congratulations to our long time member and supporter Sergeant Michelle Palladini on a well deserved promotion at the Norfolk, MA Police. She had worked for the Stonehill College and Franklin Police Departments before working in Norfolk, first as a Reserve Officer in 2012, then appointed full time in January of 2014. Michelle has served as a Shift Commander for several months during the initial onset of the Covid crisis; a detective and School Resource Officer. 

Please join us in welcoming one of the two newest members of the Fitchburg State University Police Department. Officer Courtney Soares who is a graduate of FSU’s third Recruit Officer Class. Fitchburg State is excited to have her on as an alum that understands the importance of being part of the campus community.

Sgt. Lauren L. Misale, MPA ’12, a 12-year veteran of the Clark University Police Department (CUPD) and Clark alumna, has been appointed the University’s chief of police, effective November 2. President David Fithian says Misale was selected for her stellar record, strong relationships on campus and in the community, and deep commitment to students.

Mentoring, Networking and Peer Support

As we work to strengthen, unite, and raise the profile of women who are in or may be considering law enforcement and criminal justice careers in Massachusetts we ask that you keep your eye out for our first 2021 Newsletter. We hope to bring you all some engaging mentoring and coaching opportunities as well as networking and peer support sessions to assist us all in both our personal and professional lives.