In Memory of Senior Police Officer Keith D. Williams, Sr.
DC Police Officer Dies from COVID19
Washington DC officials came to brief residents that a local Metropolitan Police Officer had died due to COVID19. On Thursday, June 4, 2020, Senior Police Officer Keith D. Williams, Sr. died due to complications arising from the coronavirus. Williams, age 53, most likely contracted the virus during his police duties. He had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for more than 30 years.
Williams’ most recent assignment was with the School Safety Division in the Third District. Williams enjoyed his service to the community and being a mentor to so many young people in the area. He was a favorite of the children in the Third District and often a source for necessities, including food, safety, or even school supplies. Williams would give the shirt off his back to help another, especially a child.
Metropolitan Police Department, DC
Formerly known as the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, it is more commonly known by residents as the DC Police. The agency was established in 1861, making it one of the oldest law enforcement departments in the country.
Today, the department has more than 3,800 officers and 600 staff members. The agency’s headquarters is located in the Henry J. Daly Building. It is located on Indiana Avenue in Judiciary Square.
The agency provides a variety of law enforcement services. It is a full-service, fully accredited law enforcement department. Officers patrol an area of more than 68 square miles and serve a population of more than 700,000 residents.
Unique to other police departments, the MPD serves as a local police department and has county, state, and Federal duties. The local municipal government manages the agency, but its day-to-day operations fall under Federal authority.
The faces of families will be forever changed due to the impact of the COVID19 pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives to the virus, leaving behind loved ones and children to pick up the remaining pieces of their lives. For these families to reach a successful future, it will take every citizen in the US to step forward and help these families get through these challenging times.
Senior Police Officer Keith D. Williams, Sr. leaves behind his wife, four children, and one grandchild. The DC community will lift them during their grief.
DC Police Union posted the loss on their Twitter page. “The DC Police Union regrets to announce the passing of School Resource Officer Keith Williams. The passing of Officer Williams is MPD’s first confirmed COVID-19 related death.”
Police Chief Peter Newsham shared his condolences in a brief statement. “Officer Williams was a dedicated and longstanding member of the MPD family. His over 30 years of service to the District of Columbia is a testament to his dedication to making a difference in our community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends as he will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all of us here at MPD.”