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This week's featured course: Winning Mind for Women: Unleashing Your Inner Warrior
posted April 8, 2015 10:58 AM

This week's featured course is Winning Mind for Women: Unleashing Your Inner Warrior.  This course is for men and women working in the public safety field. 

Sgt Betsy Smith retired in 2009 as a 29-year veteran of the Naperville, IL Police Department.  Beginning her career as a police dispatcher at age 17, Betsy became an officer four years later and has held positions in patrol, investigations, narcotics, juvenile, hostage negotiation, crime prevention and field training. 

As a sergeant, she supervised her department's K-9 Unit, served as a field training sergeant, recruitment team sergeant, bike patrol coordinator, Crowd Control Bike Team leader, and supervisor of the Community Education/Crime Prevention Unit.  Betsy served on the Elderly Services Team, the Crisis Intervention Team, and was a proud founding supervisory member of NPD's Honor Guard Unit. She has been a law enforcement trainer for over 20 years and was a content expert and senior instructor for the Calibre Press "Street Survival" seminar from 2003 through 2012. 

From 1999 - 2003 Betsy hosted various programs and was a content expert for the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN), is currently an on-air commentator and advisor for the Police One Academy and was a featured character in the Biography Channel's "Female Forces" reality show.

Nancy Fatura is a Sergeant for the Tucson (AZ) Police Department. A native of Wisconsin, she attended the University of Wisconsin/Madison and worked in the Governor's office before joining the US Army Reserves in 1993. She became a Behavioral Science Specialist and was 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, recruit training and in various plainclothes assignments including working as a background investigator.

She is currently a Patrol Sergeant and a Hostage Negotiator attached to the TPD SWAT team. She is a PT instructor, and she teaches Mental Health Awareness, Cultural Awareness and Stress in Field Training for her agency. Nancy is a mother of two and regularly competes in endurance challenges with a love for mud runs, Crossfit, swimming and biking.

Nancy was featured in the PoliceOne Academy "Will to Win" video series and is a regular contributor on's law enforcement information website. 

Winning Mind for Women: Unleashing your Inner Warrior
Date: 5/12/2015 - 5/12/2015, 8am-5pm
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Description: Two of the most recognized "women warriors" in law enforcement have teamed up to bring an exciting day of training and inspiration to the police profession. Sergeants Betsy Smith and Nancy Fatura will lead students through 8 hours of intensive, interactive training that will inspire, inform, and provide students with information they can use immediately to improve and enhance both their professional and personal lives. This program is the culmination of over 25 years of research and experience brought to you by the veteran trainer who created the original "Street Survival for Women." Constantly updated, our philosophy of 'teaching by storytelling' cites inspirational examples of courageous men and women, including Sgt. Fatura's personal story of resiliency and triumph. This class will inspire, motivate, and encourage women not just to survive, but to WIN in every aspect of life.
Cost: 125.00
Location: Madison Police Department Training Center
5702 Femrite Drive
Madison, WI 53718

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