Dottie is the Owner of Davis Corporate Training, Inc., a private training and consulting business.
Dottie began her career in law enforcement in 1981 with the Fort Wayne (IN) Police Department (FWPD) where she served for nearly 32 years. Davis held the rank of patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and last served as the Director of Training at the Academy and held the rank of Deputy Chief. She served as a hostage negotiator for 7 years. She implemented the Crisis Intervention Team with the Fort Wayne Police Department to better serve individuals in a mental health crisis with dignity and respect. Due to this work, she has received several awards from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. As well, Davis was instrumental in bringing the Lethality Assessment Program to the agency to assist first responders in determining whether a victim of domestic violence was at risk of homicide. In 2003, she was the first female officer of the FWPD selected to attend the National FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. During her career she received numerous commendations, including two Meritorious Service Citations.
After retiring in 2013, she was selected as the Director of Security for Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS), the largest school corporation in the State of Indiana with over 30,000 students and nearly 5,000 employees. She was responsible for supervising approximately 100 law enforcement officers and other security personnel in the schools. During her employment with FWCS, she developed and implemented safety protocols for 63 buildings, which included emergency plans utilizing plain talk, mass push notifications in the event of a lockout or lockdown, and creating a visitor/vendor/volunteer management system that was installed in all schools within the district to identify sex offenders and excluded parties, as well as to know who was on premise in the event of a critical incident. She has presented at several conferences on school safety throughout the country.
For nearly 3 decades she has been a family violence trainer, and has trained thousands of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, advocates, and judges throughout the nation. The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) named her the 1998 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, and in 2004 she was the recipient of the Harlene Bartlett award from the ICADV for her continued commitment to victims of family violence. She has spoken at the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) Conference on Domestic Violence from 1999 through 2011. In 2006 she received the Stephen L. VonRiesen Lecturer of Merit Award from the NDAA. Davis has also lectured in Canada for the International Association of Women Police, The Ontario Provincial Police, and VCARS, a victim advocates group. She is the 2007 recipient of the ATHENA Award given by the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, which is awarded to individuals for “professional excellence, for providing valuable service to their community and for assisting women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills”. In 2012 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement organization in Colorado.
Davis serves as a Board member for the YWCA Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana, and the Euell Wilson Center. She is also an advisory board member for two universities and SafeHiring Solutions, and sits on numerous committees for both profit and non-profit organization.