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Kevin Williams

Police Commander
Police Department
University Staff
Mail Code: 1812



Arizona State University    
Commander Kevin H. Williams

Commander Williams shares the following philosophy with every member of his team: respect is a vital part of how we provide service within our community.  His goals include maintaining a safe campus environment, the reduction of underage alcohol consumption, increasing community partnerships and delivering superior public safety services at Arizona State University (ASU).

Commander Williams is a graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercy College of Detroit (now the University of Detroit/Mercy) and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.  His education continued with attendance and graduation from the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Command Development Program and the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) - Command College, Class #5.

Since March 2014, he has been responsible for directing police operations at the Tempe Campus with a student population exceeding 60,000 and more than 11,000 residing on campus.   His previous command responsibilities include appointment as Police Commander for the ASU – West Campus in September 2010 and the Downtown Phoenix Campus in June 2011.  While at those campuses, he was been responsible for directing police operations and entrusted with the safety of approximately 21,000 students, faculty and staff.  Prior to his appointment at ASU, he served as the Director of Public Safety at the University of Oregon, Corrections Division Commander at the Lane County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Office and 20 years with the LAPD where he retired at the rank of Police Lieutenant.

During his LAPD career, he mentored hundreds of employees, significantly reduced grievances, taught watch commander’s school for 10 years, and initiated several audits that uncovered inappropriate behavior.  He wrote the LAPD’s Pursuit Policy which brought their practices in line with state mandates.  Commander Williams was an active member and promotional instructor for the Latin American Law Enforcement Association (La Ley), the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation, the Los Angeles Women’s Police Officers’ Association and the Law Enforcement Association of Asian Pacifics.

Commander Williams has been a guest lecturer and speaker at Cypress College (California), the University of Irvine (California), the University of Oregon, the Los Angeles Police Academy, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Academy and at Command College.

Commander Williams is a Past President of the Southern California Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).  He is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and a life member of NOBLE, NAACP, Blacks in Government (BIG) and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Commander Williams has been married to his wife (Laura) for 31 years and they have four children.  In summer 2014, their son will receive two college degrees bringing a total of 13 degrees to the Williams household.

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