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Behind the Badge - Officer K.D. McKeown

March 20, 2022

In honor of Womens History Month, The Charlottesville Police Department proudly presents some of the great women who help make up CPD! Today we are profiling Officer K.D. (Kaity) McKeown.

How long have you been with CPD?

It will be 7 years in July.

What did you do prior to joining the department?

I’ve always been drawn to work that helps people. Prior to becoming a police officer, I was a physical therapist aid for Spectrum Physical Therapy. 

This year's Women's Month theme is "Breaking the Bias." How do you overcome bias in your male dominated career? 

I show up, and I do my job every day. The team knows they can count on me because I constantly put in the work to prove to myself and everyone else that I can do everything the men can do. Respect must be earned regardless of gender, and I feel I have done that. 

Anything else you want to share? 

I have enjoyed participating in events to help raise funds for the Special Olympics. Recently I participated in Polar Plunge, and I have also done the Torch Run. I grew up playing sports, so I know how sports help people have fun and feel empowered. I never want anyone to feel limited.

My uncle, who was the sheriff in the town I grew up in, was a great role model for me when it comes to participating in the community. He was always active and volunteering, which shows people that they can count on officers daily and when high stress situations arise.

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I have been a Police Officer for a long time. I have seen both joyful and horrific times thru the years; some dark days & rainy nights I have even asked myself if it was worth it, and did anybody really care? Thanks to the Foundation, I know someone does. Not just funding equipment or training or the many other things that have been done, but by letting us see all of you among us as we work. The outpouring of support from the community itself has demonstrated to us that there are still SO MANY good people in this broken world.

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