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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Criminal Justice Activist
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Police Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Soup
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
To thine own self be true.

Birthplace

Born:
1/26/1941
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Criminal Justice Activist
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Police Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Soup
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
To thine own self be true.

Birthplace

Born:
1/26/1941
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Reformer Howard Saffold, a former police officer who has dedicated his life to correcting wrongs in the criminal justice system, was born on January 26, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to Eva and DeWitt Saffold. Saffold held odd jobs while attending Farragut High School. Upon graduation in 1959, he joined the U.S. Army. He married Carol Randall Saffold in 1960 and completed his military service in 1962. Saffold worked as an expediter for the regional office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs before the Chicago Police Department hired him as a beat officer in 1965.

As a police officer, Saffold faced discrimination and witnessed police brutality, causing him to contemplate resigning. When the Afro-American Police League was founded in 1968 by Renault Robinson, he immediately joined, recruited others and eventually served as the League's president. When a 1976 court decision forced the Chicago Police Department to change its discriminatory hiring and promotional practices, membership soared. In 1978, Saffold co-founded the National Black Police Association, serving as its president as well. In 1979, he co-founded Positive Anti-Crime Thrust with fellow Afro-American Police League leader Renault Robinson; promoting cooperation between police and the communities they serve.

When Harold Washington unsuccessfully ran for mayor of the City of Chicago in 1977, Saffold provided security on a volunteer basis. When Washington ran again and won in 1983, one of Mayor Washington's first official acts was to name Saffold as chief of executive security, making Saffold responsible for selecting, training and assigning personnel. Saffold served in the same capacity for Mayor Eugene Sawyer after Mayor Washington's untimely death.

In 1991, Saffold retired from the Chicago Police Department and resurrected the Positive Anti-Crime Thrust. As CEO, he attempts to stem the flow of young black men into the prison system.

Saffold holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Chicago State University and an M.A. in urban studies from Northeastern Illinois University. He was honored by the Midwest Community Council in 1988, the Peoria Afro-American Police League in 1993 and the South Austin Coalition in 1994. He consults community organizing initiatives and community-based organizations, including prison ministries and public schools.

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  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Howard Saffold discusses the relationship of white policemen to the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Howard Saffold illustrates racism and police brutality in the Chicago police department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Howard Saffold recounts an instance of extreme police brutality during the 1968 King riots
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Howard Saffold details the police brutality during the 1968 Democratic National Convention
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Howard Saffold remembers joining the Afro-American Patrolmen's League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Howard Saffold recounts the assassination of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Howard Saffold describes the resistance to the Afro-American Patrolman's League
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Howard Saffold details the divisions between officers and communities over race
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Howard Saffold describes how white officers who expose police misconduct are ostracized
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Howard Saffold details his involvement in the Afro-American Patrolman's League
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Howard Saffold recalls the effect of the Jane Byrne administration on the Afro-American Patrolman's League
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Howard Saffold details his career during the Harold Washington administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Howard Saffold considers the future of black police organizations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Howard Saffold discusses his work with the Positive Anti-Crime Thrust
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Howard Saffold considers his legacy
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