I am originally from Kansas City Missouri, graduated from Southeast High School in 1979. I
followed several career choices, gravitating towards nursing in my earlier years, but
always had law enforcement in my heart. I applied for Missouri and Kansas and Kansas just
seemed like a great fit for me.
I began with the KCKPD in 1997 and in 2003 I was chosen for the recruiting team assisting with testing for new officers to apply with emphasis on black females which was a huge challenge. I then transitioned to work in the Chief of Police's Office for 3 years in the Planning and Research Department along with accreditation. With my assistance the police department received the Triad Award which means we excelled in all areas. I then landed a position with community policing in 2008. Here you are allowed to solve problems with the community. In 2010, I became a school resource officer at Schlagle High School, which assisted me in connecting with the community.
I saw the needs of the students immediately; they had anger, homelessness and hunger. Within a few months I had a food pantry, clothing, and toiletries. I shopped at Walmart every payday to build my closets, still needed more food since I was seeing the kids come in the morning disheveled and hungry. I heard about the Harvester’s mobile food bank. I applied went to the training and started the program at Schlagle High School in 2011. It is still going strong feeding over 160 families every two weeks.
I mentored students in the USD twice a month reading to elementary students with the Lead to
Read initiative, teaching the youth that it is okay to associate with the police.
In 2017, I was chosen as the first Juvenile Engagement Coordinator, which allowed me to mold the program for the community that we serve. I began the cadet program for 18 high school students. I continued the pantry for necessities and served hot food over 100 lunches once a week. Picked up vegetable boxes and delivered them to the community.
COPPS Christmas program was very important to me due to minorities usually being skipped in previous years because of where or how they live. I was able over the past few years to assist the minority community like never before. With my departure I pray they will still be considered.
I was promoted to Detective on September 17, 2020, something I never thought I would achieve. In October 2020, I was awarded the Internal Affairs Detective position. This position is where the community can call or come into the office to complain about police or city services.
I became involved with the conception of the Police Athletic League of KCK (PAL) in 2019. We have over 80 kids each evening, teaching the life skills, gardening, boxing, homework assistance, toiletries, and food whatever we can do to help the kids we make it happen. I was chosen as a board member for the PAL in 2021.
I became involved with Christmas is October over 10 years ago, I was chosen as a board member in 2020 which was a complete honor. I know get to oversee the KCK area and assist homeowners whose homes need work to get it done instead of the fines that come with dilapidated homes in Kansas City Kansas.
I am the recipient of:
2013 Department of Transportation People Saving People Award
2017 Officer of the Year Awarded by the Rotary Club
2017 Woman of the Year by the Eastern Star
2019 Black Woman of Distinction Award
2020 Woman of Wyandotte County Award.
2022 Fox 4 Remarkable Woman Runner Up
2022 Alpha Omega Alpha Woman of the Year
2022 (July) KC Royals Hometown Hero