Nancy Farmer joined the Calgary Police Service in 1995; and recently retired in 2020. After starting her career with the Calgary Police Service, she moved up the ranks through supervisory positions as a Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, and Inspector. Throughout this time, she served in a variety of sections within the organization. Some of these sections included Professional Standards, District Operations, Behavioral Sciences Unit, Duty Inspector Real Time Operations Centre, Crisis Negotiator/Team Leader/Coordinator, Calgary Youth Services Section, General Investigations and Tactical Team Leader.
She held certification as a hostage negotiator and was a Nationally certified Critical Incident Commander for the Calgary Police Service. In 2017, she was selected to be the only female commander in Canada in charge of a Support Section. This section is comprised of the Mounted Unit, Canine Unit, Air Services Unit, Crisis Negotiations Unit and Tactical Units. She instructed components of the Incident Command course and the Basic and Refresher Crisis Negotiator courses held at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, Ontario.
She was one of the facilitators for the rollout of R2MR – Road to Mental Readiness training for the organization. This program builds awareness of mental illness and operational stress injuries through education in reducing stigma. She served as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Senior Officers Association for several years and she currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Women in Policing (AWIP) committee.
Inspector Farmer is a recipient of the Chief’s Leadership Award (2018), the Exemplary Service Medal (2017) and Alberta Emergency Services Medal (2018).
She believes that kindness is not a weakness and that accountability for everyone including herself in any organization is critical to having a successful workplace.