As of 2011, Kimberly Byrd is the first female in the history of the City of Philadelphia Police Department to be appointed to the position of Executive Officer. Her unwavering dedication and commitment has helped make the department an effective model of service to the community. Prior to her appointment of Executive Officer she was delegated as the Chief of Staff to the Police Commissioner. During her tenure in civil service, she has demonstrated a resilient work ethic. Along these lines, this dedication has helped her attain both the ranks of Detective and Patrol Sergeant. Her varied assignments throughout the City have given her an invaluable understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and its effects on quality of life in an urban environment.
As the Executive Officer, Ms. Byrd partnered with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by creating a fundraising initiative entitled “Cops for the Cure” in which she created a t-shirt and a pin that symbolized the police department’s partnership and financial support. The department has approximately 6,600 officers; all purchased the pin ($5.00 each) wholeheartedly in support of the initiative. This initiative raised over twenty six thousand dollars ($26,000) for breast cancer research and education. In addition, Ms. Byrd is also the architect of the Susan G. Komen “Ride for the Cure” initiative in which she announced a new and unique partnership with the Lieutenant’s Governor’s Office and many of the Philadelphia-based organizations.
Kimberly Byrd is also the Founder of the Vaird Foundation. The Vaird Foundation is a non-profit foundation, created in memory of Police Officer Lauretha Vaird #5897. The Vaird Foundation is a law enforcement initiative which was created under the great leadership of former Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson and established in 2007 in memory of the City of Philadelphia Police Department’s fallen hero, Police Officer Lauretha Vaird #5897 who is the only female in the history of the Philadelphia Police Department to be killed in actual combat in the line of duty. On January 2, 1996, Officer Vaird #5897 answered a radio call of a bank robbery at the PNC Bank located on 5710 Rising Sun Avenue. Wherefore, the mission of the Vaird Foundation is to ensure that Officer Vaird’s legacy lives on through acts of kindness, time and service to the benefit of youth. In addition, the Vaird Foundation is comprised of retired and active command personnel as well as community partners and organizations.
Ms. Kimberly Byrd is well known for her unwavering commitment to the community. As a female law enforcement officer, she is especially dedicated to helping young women develop their talents while advocating the importance of diversity. As the Executive Officer, she afforded high school students the unique opportunity of working in her office learning the fundamentals of office operations. She has mentored countless youths through Organized Anti-Crime Community Network (OACCN), Mothers In Charge, and the Honickman Center, as well as spearheading a mentoring program with the 6th & 7th grade female students of her alma mater, Mary McCloud Bethune Elementary School. As the creator of the Law Enforcement Youth Program, she partnered with Mr. Jerome Chaney (of NU-Juice) in which West Philadelphia High School students were introduced to a law enforcement curriculum (along with representatives of DEA, FBI, Secret Service, Prison, etc.)
Kimberly Byrd is a graduate of the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy Class 320 and DEA Class 60. She is also a certified Hostage Negotiator, FEMA CERTIFIED – ICS 100, 200 & 300 Intermediate ICS Expanding Incidents, ICS 400 and 700 Advanced ICS – Complex Incidents & MAC for Operational and certified in Weapons of Mass Defense / Suicide Bombers Training, certified Pennsylvania Ombudsman.
In addition to her intrepid involvement in the community, Ms. Kimberly Byrd has an interminable allegiance to the Police Department and its family of officers. She was born and raised in North Philadelphia and is the mother of a twenty three year old daughter.