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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Police Chief

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Harrah's Casinos
Favorite Quote:
Treat People The Way You Want To Be Treated.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1946
Birth Location:
Crescent, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Police Chief

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Harrah's Casinos
Favorite Quote:
Treat People The Way You Want To Be Treated.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1946
Birth Location:
Crescent
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Biography

Floyd Powell was born in Crescent, Oklahoma on October 28, 1946. Shortly after his birth, his family relocated to Wichita, Kansas. Powell attended Isley Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School and graduated from Wichita's East High School in 1964. He received his degree in Police Science from Wichita State University in 1972.

In 1966, following two years at Friends University in Wichita, Powell worked for the Boeing Corporation. He left Boeing in 1968, to pursue a career in law enforcement. During his twenty-one year career with the Wichita Police Department, he became the first African American to serve as Chief of Police. His tenure as police chief was marked by a commitment to community involvement and victim outreach. Powell worked hard to build bridges between the police force and the city's minority communities. He developed special community action teams to work with officers addressing problems in low- income neighborhoods. One of his pet projects, the Teddy Bear Program, was directed at assisting the youngest victims of crime. Through this program, officers worked to comfort child victims with teddy bears. He also aggressively worked to increase minority recruitment for the department. Powell retired from the police force in 1989. That same year, he took a position as manager with his former employer Boeing.

Powell serves as the Funding Board of Director vice-president for the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas. He is a father of four and resides in Wichita with his wife, Shirley.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Floyd Powell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Floyd Powell lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Floyd Powell describes his parents, Mattie Joe and Leslie Powell
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Floyd Powell describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Floyd Powell describes his mother's background and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Floyd Powell talks about the background of his name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Floyd Powell describes the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Floyd Powell describes himself as a student at W.H. Isley Elementary School and Roosevelt Junior High School in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Floyd Powell talks about his interest in sports at Roosevelt Junior High School and East Senior High School in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Floyd Powell describes his teachers at East High School in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Floyd Powell describes attending Wichita State University, Kansas, in 1964
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Floyd Powell talks about joining the Wichita, Kansas Police Department in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Floyd Powell describes the relationship between the Wichita, Kansas Police Department and the black community when he joined in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Floyd Powell talks about his experience as a rookie police officer in the Wichita, Kansas Police Department in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Floyd Powell talks about being discouraged from sitting for promotional exams as an African American at the Wichita, Kansas Police Department
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Floyd Powell describes rising through the ranks at the Wichita, Kansas Police Department in the 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Floyd Powell talks about being the only black officer in the command section of the Wichita, Kansas Police Department
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Floyd Powell describes the discrimination black officers faced when being passed over for promotions at the Wichita, Kansas Police Department in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Floyd Powell talks about serving as Captain in the Wichita Kansas Police Department and having the opportunity to hire and promote minorities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Floyd Powell describes community policing while serving as Captain of the Baker One District in the Wichita, Kansas Police Department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Floyd Powell talks about the Wichita, Kansas Police Department's community partners
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Floyd Powell talks about the challenges of being a minority in the Wichita, Kansas Police Department while he was District Captain
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Floyd Powell talks about developing relationship with the black community in Northeast Wichita, Kansas as a Captain in the Wichita Police Department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Floyd Powell talks about his promotion to become the first black Major in the Wichita, Kansas Police Department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Floyd Powell describes being appointed Deputy Chief of Police and Chief of Police of the Wichita, Kansas Police Department in 1989
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Floyd Powell describes the black community's reaction when he was removed as Chief of Police
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Floyd Powell describes the rise of drug crimes during the 1980s in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Floyd Powell talks about developing community programs with the Northeast community of Wichita, Kansas at the Police Department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Floyd Powell talks about policing "party houses" in the Northeast neighborhood in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Floyd Powell describes the issues of instituting community policing programs in Wichita, Kansas in the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Floyd Powell talks about the relationship of the beat officer to community policing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Floyd Powell describes his work for the Boeing Company after his retirement from the Wichita, Kansas Police Department in 1989
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Floyd Powell talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Floyd Powell describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Floyd Powell reflects on the changing black community in Wichita, Kansas during his tenure with the Wichita Police Department from 1968 to 1989
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Floyd Powell reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Floyd Powell reflects on how he wants to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Floyd Powell describes the dangers of being a police officer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Floyd Powell narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Floyd Powell narrates his photographs, pt. 2