Barbara Kidd has served as the civilian crime analyst for Kansas City Missouri Police Department’s Shoal Creek Division since August 2017. She had no prior law enforcement experience prior to joining KCPD. She well remembers what it’s like to start learning the job from scratch! Within a month of her start date, Kidd found herself immersed in unique on-the-job training: working a large inter-agency ATM theft series and eventually assisting the FBI with the related cases they took on.
Kidd has served on a call-in rotation for Kansas City’s Homicide Squad, stepped out of her comfort zone to help staff KCPD’s Real Time Crime Center during the Kansas City Chief’s Superbowl Parade, and is always looking for an opportunity to learn. In 2019 she attended her first IACA conference. The same year, she was part of a small team who won the Best Overall category at the first University of Chicago Urban Labs Code Out Violence Datathon on a project designed for King County prosecutors. She is currently enrolled in the Social Network Analysis Train the Trainer intensive series taught by the Naval Postgraduate School’s CORE Lab, which is being hosted in partnership with the Western Regional Counterdrug Training Center. She is currently on track to complete Phase II of their program in May, 2020.