Celebrating Black History – Lt. Jessica Williams, NPD

Lt. Jessica Williams, NPD

Q. To whom do you credit your success?

A. My circle. Family and friends. Each one has played an important part in my law enforcement career.

Q. What church/civic/community groups are you a part of?

A. I attend Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. I don’t belong to any specific group; I like to keep myself open to whoever may need me at any given time.

Q. What was the best advice you were ever given and by whom?

A. “They sky is the limit, so always reach for the stars.” Given by my mother

Q. Describe your service in law enforcement…what drove you to become a police officer, how did you advance, etc.?

A. My cousins and I always played Cops and Robbers. I was always the cop and the judge and when I got my driver’s license I liked to drive fast. So I thought how could I get to do both? When I started my career I began to have second thoughts. The academy…whew. Then I realized how many people did not know/understand what a police officer’s job actually consists of and if I stuck with this how many lives I could change for the better. My advancement came by way of listening and learning from Senior Officer and passing the promotional exams at the right time.

Q. What do you hope people learn from your story?

A. Anything you want in life is achievable. Be good to people. A simple act of kindness goes along way. Police Officers are just regular people that took an oath to Protect and Serve.

Q. Introduce your family….parents, spouse, children, pets, etc.

A. Parents: Jerald and Katherine Hooper (In-Laws) Robert and Carolyn Williams Husband: Robert Williams Sr. Children: Taylor Owens, Tyson Williams, Peyton Williams, Titus Williams, Robert Williams II and Jayson Williams. Grandson: Malcom Raggio II Dogs: Tyga-Wo and Pippi

Q. Any words of wisdom for the young girls who look up to you as role model or inspiration to become a police officer?

A Always love and respect yourself and all others will fall in place. “We must decide for ourselves what success looks like. If you choose the path that makes you happy, then there really is no glass ceiling.” I graduated from NCHS in ’93. I am the oldest of six children. I began my law enforcement career in July 2001 and met my husband, who is also a police officer, in the line of duty. I have lived in Natchitoches all my life. I love my job. I started in patrol, became the warrants officer, then school resource officer, then on to detectives, now, 17 years later, I am a Lieutenant in Internal Affairs.