Assistant Chief of Police - Uniform Services Bureau
Assistant Chief Luke Williams commands the 400 plus employees assigned to the Uniform Services Bureau of the St. Petersburg Police Department. Assistant Chief Williams has served with the department in various capacities since 1985 and as Assistant Chief since 2000.
Assistant Chief Williams commanded the Investigative Services Bureau until 2006 when he was assigned to the Uniform Services Bureau. The largest of the department’s three bureaus, Uniform Services is subdivided into three geographic Police Districts that provide direct police services to the community. Also housed in the bureau is the Uniform Support Division, which provides support services such as Field Training, K-9, Traffic, Street Crimes Suppression, Special Events Coordination, and Volunteer Police Reserves.
Assistant Chief Williams holds a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of South Florida, as well as an Associate of Arts from St. Petersburg College. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police (Boston), the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Chief Executive Seminar, the Leadership St. Pete Leadership Program, the Eckerd College Leadership Development Program, the John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Quantico, Virginia.
A lifelong resident of the City of St. Petersburg, Assistant Chief Williams maintains a close connection with the community. He currently serves on the boards of the Pinellas County Urban League, the Community Health Centers of Pinellas County, and Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, and he is also Chair of the Department of Juvenile Justice Circuit VI Advisory Board. His volunteer activities also include the 5000 Role Models of Excellence, the Poynter Institute Write Field Program, and many others.
Assistant Chief Williams received the University of South Florida Department of Criminology Wall of Fame Outstanding Ambassador Award, the NAACP Community Service Award, the University of South Florida Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, the Leadership St. Pete Outstanding Alumni Award, the 2004 Chairperson for Leadership St. Pete, the St. Petersburg Police Department Officer of the Year Award, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Recognition Award.