BCPD mourns the pass­ing of Col. Kim Ward

The Dundalk Eagle - - POLICE BLOTTER -

Re­tired Colonel Kim Ward was a pi­o­neer­ing wo­man in the field of polic­ing, lead­ing the way for a gen­er­a­tion of of­fi­cers who con­tinue to walk in her foot­steps.

Re­tired Colonel Kim WardColone­l Ward be­gan her ca­reer with the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice De­part­ment in 1981. When she re­tired after 33 years of ser­vice in 2015, Colonel Ward was the high­est ranking fe­male

of­fi­cer in the his­tory of the de­part­ment, and re­mains so only to the ex­cep­tion of the ap­point­ment of Chief Melissa Hy­att in 2019.

With a deep con­cern for child vic­tims of crime and the holder of both a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence and Mas­ter’s De­gree in Ed­u­ca­tion, in her rank as Cor­po­ral and Sergeant at the po­lice train­ing academy, Colonel Ward was in­stru­men­tal in in­tro­duc­ing adult learn­ing the­o­ries to po­lice train­ing, and in de­vel­op­ing cur­ricu­lum to teach of­fi­cers strate­gies for in­ves­ti­gat­ing child abuse cases to en­sure suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion while re­duc­ing trauma and fur­ther vic­tim­iza­tion to the child.

Colonel Ward was an ad­vo­cate for mi­nor­ity of­fi­cers and the unique is­sues they faced, and was se­lected by then Chief Be­han to serve as a li­ai­son of­fi­cer for fe­male of­fi­cers, a po­si­tion that grew into what is now re­ferred to as the de­part­ment’s Fair Prac­tices Li­ai­son.

She was also an ad­vo­cate for ad­vanc­ing pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships be­tween the com­mu­nity and po­lice, with spe­cial con­cerns for cit­i­zens suf­fer­ing from a cri­sis or men­tal health con­di­tions. She di­rected the de­vel­op­ment of con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion for of­fi­cers re­gard­ing in­ter­ac­tions with peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a men­tal health cri­sis and brought BCoPD to the fore­front of ed­u­cat­ing its of­fi­cers in this dis­ci­pline, which still ex­ists in the cur­ricu­lum to­day. She was also in­stru­men­tal in the cre­ation of the de­part­ment’s Mo­bile Cri­sis Team, just a pi­lot pro­gram back in 2008, but the first in our area to team an of­fi­cer in the field with a men­tal health case worker to re­spond to calls.

Colonel Ward was in­no­va­tive in lead­ing a pro­gram, now called our JOINS pro­gram, which part­nered of­fi­cers with case work­ers from the De­part­ment of Ju­ve­nile Ser­vices to help pre­vent ju­ve­nile crime through the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­ven­tion pro­grams and di­vert mi­nor of­fend­ers to other re­sources. In the same ef­fort, Colonel Ward helped to de­velop our Youth Lead­er­ship Academy, aimed at im­prov­ing char­ac­ter, self-es­teem and good cit­i­zen­ship in teens. Un­der her lead­er­ship the De­part­ment also de­vel­oped the Cit­i­zens Academy, open to all County res­i­dents seek­ing to build ed­u­ca­tion and un­der­stand­ing be­tween the po­lice and cit­i­zens we serve.

Colonel Ward died late Thurs­day night, Au­gust 6, after a long, and in typ­i­cal fash­ion, tena­cious bat­tle with a rare form of ovar­ian can­cer called Ovar­ian Car­ci­nosar­coma Can­cer.

Colonel Ward was a friend and men­tor to many, lead­ing by ex­am­ple with tenac­ity and com­pas­sion. She con­tin­ued her ser­vice after re­tire­ment by re­main­ing ac­tive in com­mu­nity groups, and will be missed by many, de­part­ment mem­bers and cit­i­zens alike. The legacy she leaves, how­ever, will con­tinue to live through those whose lives she touched within this De­part­ment and the com­mu­nity she served.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF BCPD

KIM WARD

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