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Margaret Moore
NCWP Director

Margaret Moore is the Director of the National Center for Women and Policing. Ms. Moore holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia. She began her career in law enforcement in New York City in 1973 as an NYPD undercover narcotics police officer. In 1976, she joined the New York Office of the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), responsible for the enforcement of the federal explosive, firearms and arson laws.

Ms. Moore was promoted to positions of increased responsibility to eventually become ATF's first woman Special Agent in Charge in 1993, and retired after 23 years as the highest ranking woman agent, Deputy Assistant Director for Science and Technology. In that position her responsibilities included oversight for a budget of approximately 65 million dollars, the information systems and technology infrastructure, the communications and tactical support branches, and the forensic labs which successfully linked evidence involving anti-abortion terrorist Eric Robert Rudolph to the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing, the Sandy Springs clinic bombing and the Otherside Lounge, a lesbian nightclub.

As a former ATF agent, Ms. Moore is very familiar with domestic terrorism and the associated violence in the United States, and has actively worked on domestic terrorist cases as well as having oversight and responsibility for explosive and arson investigations relating to clinic violence. Ms. Moore's ATF Career Accomplishments include the pursuit of many criminal investigations involving violations of firearms, arson and explosives laws, with criminal convictions in many cases and the development of course curriculum for undercover operations and taught at New Agent Training.

Ms. Moore's volunteerism includes starting an independent non-profit organization, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, and she is the Director for that organization.

Chief Penny Harrington
Founding Director and Chair of the Board

Penny Harrington, Founder and Chair of the National Center for Women and Policing's Advisory Board, was the first woman chief of a major U.S. city and was instrumental in identifying and developing strategies to remove the obstacles to hiring more women in the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau, the Los Angeles Police Department and the State Bar of California.

Chief Harrington has 35 years of experience in working with issues of women in law enforcement. She has consulted with law enforcement organizations across the country and assisted them in developing programs to increase the numbers of women at all levels. She has testified several times before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on issues of gender in law enforcement and is recognized as an expert witness by the courts. Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Chief Harrington to a committee to identify and support programs to recruit women and minorities for law enforcement in order to decrease incidents of discrimination such as racial profiling. She is considered the foremost expert in the United States on issues involving women in law enforcement. She speaks nationally and writes articles about increasing the numbers of women in policing.

Chief Harrington was the co-author of "A Blueprint for Implementing Gender Equity in the Los Angeles Police Department" and was the chief author of "Recruiting and Retaining Women: A Self-Assessment Guide for Law Enforcement," which assists law enforcement agencies in identifying and removing obstacles to hiring and retaining women.

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