Nancy Dowdy is a Sergeant with the Tucson (AZ) Police Department. A native of Wisconsin, she attended the University of Wisconsin/Madison and worked in the Governor’s office. Nancy is a military veteran of the United States Army and was a Behavioral Science Specialist deployed to Germany during ‘Operation Joint Endeavor.’ Upon returning to civilian life, Nancy moved to Arizona and began her law enforcement career in 1999 with the City of Tucson. She has worked in patrol, narcotics, Field Training Officer, recruit training, and in various plainclothes assignments including working as a background investigator.

Nancy has spent the majority of her career in patrol, and is currently the Neighborhood Crimes Detective Sergeant for the south side of Tucson. She is a member of the Animal Cruelty Task Force and Organized Retail Crime Association. She has participated as an oral board rater in promotional processes, has been an Academy class counselor, PT instructor, a Rapid Response Team supervisor, a Mobile Field Force supervisor, and a Hostage Negotiations Supervisor. Nancy has taught Mental Health Awareness, Cultural Awareness, Psychology of Winning, Critical Incident Management, and Stress in Field Training for her agency. She has been repeatedly nominated by her supervisors for awards within her local community’s “Women in Government.” Nancy is a devoted mother of two and enjoys fitness and endurance challenges that involve her family. Her favorite activities include crossfit, mud runs, weight lifting, swimming, and biking.

Nancy was featured in the PoliceOne Academy “Will to Win” video series. She is a regular contributor on’s law enforcement information website and is a subject matter expert for the PoliceOne Academy. She was recently featured in P1’s Cultural Diversity series for Law Enforcement on’s Blutube.

By utilizing her own diverse experiences, Nancy has developed an inspiring workshop titled “Unleashing Your Inner Warrior” that is the perfect addition to any conference or in-service training. Nancy will also customize a training course to fit the needs of your agency or event. Additionally, she has partnered with Betsy Brantner Smith to bring “The Winning Mind for Women UNLEASHED!” to conferences and venues throughout the United States and beyond.

Nancy can be reached by e-mail at You can follow her on Twitter at @unleashyiw and her Facebook page “Unleash Me.”