CPD's first African American female captain loses battle with cancer

CPD's first African American female captain loses battle with cancer
Cincinnati Police Captain Kim Williams (Provided by Cincinnati Police)
Cincinnati Police Captain Kim Williams (Provided by Cincinnati Police)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A veteran captain with the Cincinnati Police Department lost her cancer battle Tuesday.

Kimberly Williams was the first African-American woman promoted to the rank of captain, in 2016, and the second one promoted to lieutenant.

She was 54 years old.

Williams was highly respected within the agency. October would have marked her 30-year anniversary.

"Captain Williams was a true trailblazer and this is a deep loss for our CPD family," said Police Chief Eliot Isaac in a post on the department's Facebook page early Wednesday.

"She will be sorely missed by her colleagues, the community, and the many lives she touched."

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"We are saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and colleague, Cincinnati Police Captain Kimberly Williams," said Acting City Manager Patrick Duhaney in the same post.

"Captain Williams was a trailblazer as the first African-American woman to earn the rank of Police Captain in Cincinnati. She was a tremendous officer – loved by all those she worked with over the years and cherished by the countless individuals she helped during her career."

Police officials said she was a great police officer largely because she was "an incredible human being."

They are asking the community to keep her son and the rest of her family in their thoughts and prayers.

Information regarding arrangements will be shared as it becomes available.

"What will never be lost is the history she made,"  wrote the the police union president, Sgt. Dan Hils, in his own Facebook post Tuesday night.

Williams wrote the police department's $3 million grant for the police department's Children in Trauma Intervention (C.I.T.I.) Camp.

The camp is an eight-week program encompassing leadership, discipline, physical training, education and therapeutic counseling. Drug and alcohol counseling, stress management, and life skills are also included.

Participants learned positive, respectful techniques for conflict resolution and dealing with peer pressure.

"She has definitely been a leader in the police department, a personal mentor to me," retired Sgt. Julie Johnson recently told FOX19.

Williams' police biography reflects her esteemed career and selfless dedication to the city she protects and serves and her beloved family and church.

She most recently commanded the police department's Internal Investigations Section and worked in all five of the city's police districts.

Captain Williams also served in several specialized units: Street Corner, Vice, Intelligence, Event Planning, Detail Coordination, Patrol Administration, Criminal Investigation Section (Personal Crimes Unit), Chief's Adjunct and Youth Services.

She graduated from  Police Executive Leadership Class, the FBI National Academy, and the Senior Management Institute for Policing. She is a member of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Captain Williams earned a Bachelor's Degree in LIberal Arts from Xavier University and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. She graduated Mount Healthy High School.

She has one son, Robinson Perry, and her brother, Governor Williams, is a dedicated member of the police department's Youth Services Unit.

Captain Williams also was very active in her church, Golden Leaf Baptist, where she served on the Kitchen Committee, Hearing Impaired Ministry and taught Sunday School.

"Her love for family, friends, and colleagues will also live forever in their hearts," Hils wrote in the post.

Williams commanded the Internal Investigations Section and had worked in all five of the city's police districts, most recently as the commander of District 2.

She also served in several specialized units: Street Corner, Vice, Intelligence, Event Planning, Detail Coordination, Patrol Administration, Criminal Investigation Section (Personal Crimes Unit), Chief's Adjunct and Youth Services.

Williams was a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Class, the FBI National Academy, and the Senior Management Institute for Policing. She was a member of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum.

She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from Xavier University and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. She graduated Mount Healthy High School.

She has one son, Robinson Perry, and her brother, Governor Williams, is a dedicated member of the police department's Youth Services Unit.

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