Lieutenant Katherine L. Snider started the Birmingham Police Department (BPD) Police Academy on February 09, 2004. Upon graduation, she was assigned to West Precinct and worked in many capacities including Patrol Officer, West Task Force, Burglary Task Force and FBI Violent Crime Task Force/Specialized Deputy US Marshal with FBI Security Clearance from June 2004 through August 2009.
In August 2009, she was assigned to the Crime Scene Unit where she served four years as a Crime Scene Technician.
In August 2013, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to South Precinct. She oversaw evening and morning shift operations and also supervised the South Robbery/Violent Crime Task Force, which played an important role in South Precinct becoming “Precinct of the Year”. While at South Precinct, she was honored to represent the Birmingham Police Department in a “Special Deputation Appointment” during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.
Snider was later assigned to North Precinct. She supervised field operations on evening and morning shifts and the North Precinct Task Force. In 2019, she was chosen to supervise the City-Wide Task Force that was instrumental in the significant reduction in violent crimes.
From August 2020 through February 2021, she was assigned to West Precinct dayshift and supervised Alpha Shift field operations.
On February 13, 2021, Snider was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. She is currently serving as the East Precinct Evening Shift Commander.
During her 17 years with the BPD, she has received many commendations and awards. In 2012, she received the Medal of Valor for her search and rescue efforts in the tornado aftermath that occurred in Pratt City, on April 27, 2011.
In 2014, Lieutenant Snider received commendations for her role in the apprehension of UBEV/Burglary suspects during “Operation Eagle Eye” and apprehension of a bank robbery suspect. In 2016, she received commendations for her role in the apprehension of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department robbery suspect, and three separate robbery suspects during two separate vehicle pursuits.
Lieutenant Katherine Snider is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Ashworth College.