Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Major Ed Salazar Retires after 40-Years of Faithful Service

To be hired as a police officer is an accomplishment.  The reality is to make it past the 5 or 10-year mark can also be an accomplishment.  Any more, about half of the people who dream of being a police officer end up deciding within a few years that the shift work and stress of being a police officer isn’t what they thought it would be.  That being said, when a member of the police department makes it to the 40-year mark, it’s definitely worth calling attention to.

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 El Centro’s Overland Park Office at Metcalf South Mall.

 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