- IPFW Alumni Citation Award (2011)
A.A.S., 1992; B.S., 2003
BIOGRAPHYDottie graduated from IPFW with honors receiving a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, and certifications in Substance Abuse Counseling and Social Service in 2003. She is a 30-year veteran of the Fort Wayne Police Department where she currently serves as the deputy chief of the Southwest Division of Patrol.
Since 1992, Dottie has been a family violence trainer where she has trained thousands of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, advocates, and judges throughout the nation. In April 2000, Dottie became involved in implementing 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.
When asked about why she stays involved with the university, Dottie said, "IPFW has meant to me that, no matter how late in life, it is never too late to learn and to acquire a degree. The university allowed me to work full-time and to take classes as they fit into my work schedule. They allowed me to receive credits for my work experience, as well. In return I have spoken at numerous events on campus such as Take Back the Night, and I am a guest lecturer in several different courses and at various special events."