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.