Chief Ward


Chief  Jeff Ward is the Chief of the  San Antonio Independent School District Police Department and was appointed Chief on May 26, 2009. Prior to joining SAISD he worked as a  Patrol Officer for the City of Balcones Heights. During years of service with the Department he started the first patrol dog program in a school district. Assistant Chief Ward and Max made 242 arrests during the 5 year period. 

After the K-9 unit he worked as a Patrol Sergeant till becoming the Executive Officer for the Chief. He held that position until his promotion to Lieutenant in February 1997. Since then he has commanded the Special Operations Unit until his promotion as Assistant Chief on October 31, 2002. He was named Interim Chief on May 30, 2008 and obtained the permanent job on May 26, 2009.


In 1993, Chief Ward started working with the San Antonio Police Department Hostage Negotiators. He has been a member of that team since then. He is a graduate of both the Basic and Advanced Hostage Negotiation School and serves as an instructor for those schools. As a participant in numerous "Critical Incident" calls, he brings with him a wide range of knowledge for the Department.

Additionally, Chief Ward serves as a Special Deputy US Marshal and member of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force supervised by the US Marshals Office of the Western District of Texas: www.usmarshals.gov/district/tx-w/news/chron/2006/040706.htm

Chief Ward was on the Executive Board of the Texas Municipal Police Association for 10 years and is a past President of the Texas Association of School District Police. He has published three articles in POLICE magazine. He holds a Texas Master Peace Officer Certificate and is a  graduate of the Leadership Command College from the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute.


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