Antonio Williams, MS, has taken command of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Police Force as chief and director of public safety.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Williams, 46, comes to UMB after nearly 20 years with the Baltimore City Police Department and shorter stints as police chief for the Baltimore City Public Schools and at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
He succeeds Cleveland Barnes Jr., MS, who recently retired after nearly 40 years on the UMB Police Force.
"I know I have some big shoes to fill," Williams said before assuming command Jan. 18. "It's a quality police department. The fact that they are accredited by CALEA [the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies] speaks volumes. They do good work and we're looking to build on that."
With the Baltimore City Police Department, Williams' duties ranged from working undercover, to hiring and recruitment, to internal affairs, to chief of detectives, with 400 people under his command. He retired as a colonel in 2005.
His education includes an AA degree in law enforcement from the Community College of Baltimore, a BS in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore, and an MS in management from Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, of which less than 1 percent of all active law enforcement people get to attend.
Williams' professional affiliations include the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators; the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association; the Harvard Associates in Police Science; the FBI National Academy Associates; and the Maryland Crime Prevention Association.
Since 1993, because of the growth of the UMB campus, the Campus Police have had a concurrent jurisdiction agreement with the Baltimore Police Department that gives the UMB Police Department the same authority and power as those of the Baltimore Police Department.
The Force has 66 sworn officers who are supported by 78 security officers, 7 police communication officers, and an administrative staff of 14. Newly appointed police officers undergo 24 weeks of rigorous basic police training as established in the Annotated Code of Maryland.
It is the Department's mission to deliver quality crime control service that supports the University's mission of education, research, and service.
"I am certain that with his abilities and commitment, Chief Williams will continue to support the high standards of public safety at our University and the community surrounding the campus," said Kathleen M. Byington, vice president of administration and finance at UMB, in announcing Williams' hiring.
An installation ceremony for Chief Williams will be held on Jan. 29.