A native, of Birmingham, AL, Captain Janice Blackwell grew up in the College Hills neighborhood and is a product of the Birmingham School System. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Miles College. Captain Blackwell furthered her education by attending the Birmingham Easonian Baptist Bible College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education in 2006.
In 1988, she embarked on an exciting and noble career as a police officer for the Birmingham Police Department. Throughout her 30 year career, Captain Blackwell has served in a wide variety of units as a patrol officer and supervisor for the Field Operation Bureau, burglary detective in the Investigative Bureau, and Commander of the Special Victims Unit. Moreover, she has advanced through the supervisory ranks as Sergeant, Lieutenant, and elevated as Captain in 2012. She leads by example by having an understanding for police officers to conduct themselves with a courteous and professional demeanor toward citizens. Thus, following the Mission of the Birmingham Police Department to Protect, Serve, and Respect and honoring the Theme of the City of Birmingham – “Putting People First.”
Captain Blackwell has been recognized for the following awards – 2015 Prayer Breakfast Recognition and Dedication Award, 2015 Distinguished Service Award, 2016 Certificate of Appreciation Award from Wilkerson Middle School, 2018 Outstanding Leadership, 2018 Civic Leader Award, and 2018 Jefferson County DHR Partner of the Year Award and most recently acknowledged by Style blueprint.com as the “Face of Birmingham.”
Captain Blackwell is actively involved in the following organizations: Jefferson County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the Birmingham Chapter of Buffalo Soldiers, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Board Member for One Roof, former board member and current member of the President’s Advisory Council for One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center, member of the Jefferson County Child Sex Trafficking Solution Project, and the Northern District Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force.
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