Steve Downie began his law enforcement career in 1980 with the Tulsa Police Department. During his twenty-six-year career Downie served as a patrol officer, a member of the Mounted Patrol, K-9 officer and member of the Tulsa Special Operations Team where he earned a reputation for exceptional dedication and service to his fellow officers and in training other agencies. Downie has been recognized by both civic and law enforcement organizations and profession associations for his law enforcement work and humanitarian efforts.
In June 1996 Officer Downie demonstrated tremendous courage during the pursuit of an armed robbery suspect. When Downie and fellow officers closed in on the suspect they were fired upon and engaged in a gun battle with the suspect. Downie sustained gunshot wounds while a fellow officer was mortally wounded in the gun battle. In honor of his valor, Officer Downie was the recipient of the Tulsa Police Medal of Honor, American Red Cross's Every Day Hero Award and recognized nationally as a finalist for IACP's Top Cop Award. Since this incident Officer Downie has worked with local, state and national agencies to update curriculum and train officers in street survival skills and how to deal with post-traumatic stress.
In retirement Downie continues to share his personal experiences with recruits locally. Additionally, he served as a training instructor for United Nation forces in Kosovo in 2006 and 2007 where he worked to train United Nation forces in close protection of assorted VIPs. Officer Downie currently works for the US Marshal's Service in Tulsa. Steven Downie's personal commitment to the community continues with his involvement in the Meals on Wheels program and a host of other services to assist the elderly. He and his wife also assist with a homebound ministry program.