Associate Instructors

Nancy Fatura

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, is a regular contributor on’s law enforcement information website and also authors articles for Harris Publications. She currently attends American Military University in her spare time.

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 and she will customize a training course to fit the needs of your agency or event.

Together with Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, Nancy also travels the United States and Canada presenting an original training event for women in law enforcement: “The Winning Mind for Women UNLEASED!

Nancy can be reached by e-mail at and you can follow her on Twitter at @UnleashedYIW.