Local Veteran Blast into Film Festival


By Su Phelps and Cheri Fisher, Photos by Su Phelps

Tamia Dow was a Military Police officer for 6 years and continued with the Metropolitan Police Department for over 25 years. Tamia retired from the Las Vegas Police Department Domestic Violence Detective unit in 2012. She continues to train citizen and law enforcement organizations in the area of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Personal Safety for Women and Children. She is also on the Best Seller list having written 10 books and has helped over 30 authors getting their books into publication.

In 2011 Tamia became an ordained minister and is the Senior Chaplin and Trainer with the Chaplaincy Nevada.

Tamia believes everyone has the right to live a life free from violence and oppression. This is her life mission.

Now Tamia has blossomed in to a new role as a film director participating in the Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Festival. Her film titled “Turn Back Time” was based on a homeless woman veteran, that is suffering from #mental illness and cries out to God to change her life. The message is “you never know what someone is going through “. The project was a 4-minute film that was filmed and edited on her I-phone. She won the Award for “Best Social Awareness Film “.

She is actively involved in increasing the awareness of violence and control used to limit the freedoms of vulnerable people. She was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who as professional of the year representing law-enforcement for the year 2011 to 2012.

At her retirement ceremony a great honor was bestowed on Tamia when the Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval proclaimed February 1, 2012 as a day in honor of Tamia Dow in the state of Nevada to recognize her service to the community.

Tamia continues to give back to the community she serves by conducting educational trainings. She is also the secretary for UNLV Alumni Association. Her heart virtues are justice, education and empowerment which she portrays every day.