Major Ed Salazar officially began his law enforcement career in 1968 as a Fingerprint Technician with the FBI. In 1972 he went to work for the Belton, Missouri Police Department and by December of 1973 he landed with the Overland Park Police Department. When his took the oath to join the department back in 1973, you can be sure that Ed never foresaw that he'd be here for the next 40 years.
Major Salazar has faithfully guided and served in numerous divisions, roles and assignments. Some highlights of those assignments include: Field Sergeant, Patrol Division Watch Commander, Training and Personnel Director, Community Policy Unit Coordinator, Investigations Division Commander, Administrative Services Division Commander and Support Services Division Commander.
Major Salazar has had many notable accomplishments. He has been recognized as the Officer of the Year by the Kiwanis Club, and he has received the Department’s Public Safety Award for his role in establishing
Throughout his career, Major Salazar has been noted for his consummate professionalism and integrity. The entire police department has benefited immensely from his devotion to duty and his constant pursuit of technological advancement.
After all the years he’s dedicated to the public and the City of Overland Park, he and his family have earned the time together that retirement will now bring. Thank you Ed for all your service and we wish you nothing but the best in this new chapter of your life.
|Last Day September 3, 2013|
|The Early Years|
|Major Salazar with KMBC Channel 9 News Personality, Stephanie Ramos, |
who sang the National Anthem at the ceremony.
|Major Salazar reflects on his career.|
|Ed and Bonnie Salazar|