Dawn Layman is a Major with the Lenexa, Kansas Police Department where she is currently assigned as the Commander of the Special Projects and Information Technology Division. Prior to her current assignment she was the Staff Services Division Commander responsible for Dispatch/Communications, Radio Technicians, Public Service Officers and Police Department Information Technology. She has served in all divisors of the department. As a lieutenant she served in the Patrol Division and was responsible for the Field Training Program, Bike Patrol Unit, Directed Patrol Unit, Recruiting and Hiring, Defensive Tactics, and the Professional Development Program. Prior to her employment with Lenexa, Dawn served as a police officer with the West Chester University (PA) Police Department as well as a part-time officer with both the East Fallowfield and Kennett Square Borough (PA) police departments.
Major Layman earned her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas and was a member of the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University (PA). In 2016 she received the West Chester University Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a graduate of the 59th session of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police and a graduate of the 251st session of the FBI National Academy. Major Layman has been an active member of National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), serving as the organization's President (2011-2012). In 2015 she was named the NAWLEE Women Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.
Dawn enjoys mentoring and coaching others. She believes that one of the greatest challenges and ultimate successes is mentoring and challenging others to reach their fullest potential both personally and professionally.