Hundreds of female police officers from around the world are in Anchorage this week attending the 57th Annual International Association of Women Police. The conference kicked off Monday at the Dena'ina Center with more than 700 officers representing 43 countries.

The theme of the conference is "mentoring the next generation." Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll said in addition to mentoring and networking opportunities, the conference offers a variety of training sessions.

"Everything from officer wellness to surviving the career to technical training on interviewing or case investigation, things like that," he said. "So, it's a whole variety of things all across the spectrum."

APD Detective Michele Logan is the conference co-chair. Logan said the conference includes a few men but mostly women from countries as varied as India, Norway and Kosovo.

Anchorage has hosted the training sessions before, most recently in 1998. Logan said she was thrilled for the opportunity to play host again.

"If they come for this week and get engaged in the training and go back with new skills, new tools for their toolbox, if they enjoy the evening cultural events that we have, the networking events and get to know officers from other parts of the country, other parts of the world it will have been a successful conference for us," she said.

This is the third time the conference is being hosted in Anchorage. The week-long event runs through Friday evening.

John Thompson contributed to this report.

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