Kimberly L. Beaty has served in law enforcement for the past 34 years. As a lieutenant, she was assigned to supervising 911 Police Communications and recruitment. Before becoming Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Homeland Security for the Buffalo Police Department, Beaty previously served as Chief of the City’s “E” District, which encompasses the diversely populated Bailey/Kensington neighborhoods, the University of Buffalo, Canisius College of Buffalo, several medical facilities, schools, and business districts.
She assisted communities in addressing crime and disorder problems, by focusing on neighborhood initiative – based projects. Currently, Chief Beaty is the Director of Public Safety at Canisius College.
Training several law enforcement agencies throughout New York State, Chief Beaty works closely with staff at the Erie County Law Enforcement Academy and has served as a consultant in their efforts to promote problem solving strategies in community policing. As a training officer she worked at the Buffalo Police Training Academy for nine years.
Chief Beaty has been certified federally and by New York State as a Domestic Violence Instructor. In addition, she is a certified Master Instructor for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and has trained several other police agencies. She is certified in Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, Critical Incident Management, Peer Counseling and Police Mental Health Response.
Chief Beaty has spoken at several conferences on law enforcement and diversity-related issues, community policing and crime prevention. She has been recognized and has been a recipient of several awards for her efforts in community policing, diversity and problem-solving. As Deputy Police Commissioner, she did oversee Buffalo’s five police district operations, homeland security, special events, investigative services and specialized teams. She directed the Buffalo Police Departments training agenda for their officers.
She is a member of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, New York State Women in Law Enforcement, the Afro-American Police Association of Buffalo, NY, Inc., National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers and the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation. She also serves on the Erie County Law Enforcement Board of Directors and the Girl Scouts of WNY. She is also a dedicated wife of 27 years, mother of two and a devoted member of True Bethel Baptist Church.
Appointed in 2018 as Director of Public Safety at Canisius College, Chief Beaty is the first woman to serve in this capacity. She is a member of the Crisis Response Team, Bias Resource and Response Team and Behavioral Intervention Team.
• Graduated from Canisius College of Buffalo New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree and served in law enforcement for the City of Buffalo Police Department for 31 years, moved through the ranks and appointed as Deputy Police Commissioner (Operations & Homeland Security), 2014- 2018
• Currently, appointed as Director of Public Safety, Canisius College, 2018 – Present
• Previously served as Deputy Police Commissioner of Operations and Homeland Security,
Chief of Patrol, E-District Police and as supervising Lieutenant, 911
Communications/Dispatch and Recruitment.
• Facilitator for the Law Enforcement and Diversity Training program on “What to do
when stopped by the Police” and has worked with United Neighborhoods and the
University of Buffalo on the “Strategies to Reduce Racial Profiling: Buffalo New York
Study Circles Project funded by the Department of Justice COPS Office.
• Trained several law enforcement agencies throughout Erie County, served as staff at the
Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy and have served as consultant in their
efforts to promote strategies in community policing.
• Certified federally and by New York State as a Domestic Violence instructor.
• Continues to serve as police instructor and certified Master Instructor for the New York
State Division of Criminal Justice Services and has trained several other police agencies
and has spoken at many conferences on law enforcement and diversity training issues,
community policing and crime prevention.
• Recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for professional police service.
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Certifications
- DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance and Education)
- General Topics Instructor
- Field Training Officer
- Police Mental Health Instructor
- Master Police Instructor
- Instructor Evaluator Workshop
- Community Emergency Response Team Trainer
- Crisis Intervention Officer
- Domestic Violence Instructor
- Police Supervision Course
- Great Lakes Leadership Seminar
- FBI Blue Courage Instructor
Additional Trainings / Certifications
- BOWMAC Problem Solving Course
- Problem Solving Training (Police Executive Research Forum)
- Regional Community Policing Institute
- Gang Resistance Education & Training – Bureau of ATF
- ICISF – Individual & Group Crisis Intervention (Peer Counselor)
ENOTA / At-One Project Facilitator
- Alternative Training Offered for Neighborhood Enforcement
- Enabling Neighborhoods to Obey Those in Authority
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- National Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness Trainer
US Department of Homeland Security and Louisiana State University Academy of Counterterrorism
- Law Enforcement Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction
- Law Enforcement Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts
- Law Enforcement Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents – Performance Level
- Surveillance Detection (Counter Terrorism)
- US Department of Transportation Drug Interdiction – US Homeland Security and Customs and
- Commercial Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction & Truck Terrorism
New York State Emergency Management Office
- Incident Command System (Level 100, 200, 300, 400)
FEMA Emergency Management Institute
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Disability and Sexual Abuse
Attended and presented professional workshops at training conferences, seminars and symposiums on the listed topics
- Advancing Community Policing
- Block Club Organizing and Neighborhood Watch
- Basic Crime Prevention
- Professional Stops and Seizures
- “What to Do When Stopped by the Police”
- Law Enforcement and Diversity
- NYSDCJS Gun Involved Violence Elimination Conferences and Symposiums
Outstanding Achievement in Community Policing
Afro-American Police Association of Buffalo, 1997
Mayor’s Award of Merit for Heroism
City of Buffalo, 1999
Richard Hoffman Award
Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy, 2005
Community Leader Award – Law Enforcement
National Federation for Just Communities of WNY, 2009
Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc. 2013
Buffalo Black Achiever’s Award 2013
Women Touching the World, by Unlimited Possibilities
Overcoming Poverty Ministry, Inc. 2014
Medaille College, Lifetime Achievement in Law Enforcement
Girl Scouts of WNY, Community Leader 2014
Women in History Recognition, City of Buffalo, NY 2014
(Character, Courage, and Commitment)
No More Tears Inc., Community Service 2015
Links, Women Making History 2015
Erie County Bar Association (Justice Award) 2016
NAACP, President’s Award of Distinction 2018
Medaille College, Professional of the Year 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Law Enforcement Award 2019
Police Helpline: peer counselor – assists law enforcement officers and family members in crisis
Girl Scouts WNY, Board of Directors
- Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc.
- NYS Women in Law Enforcement Association, Board of Directors
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement
- Afro-American Police Association of Buffalo NY, Inc.
- State Interoperable & Emergency Communications (SIEC Board/NY)