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(Ret) Officer Kimberlee Shaw-Ellis

Community Police Liaison

Synergy Services

Kim Shaw-Ellis enjoyed a career of more than 33 years in law enforcement and looks forward in retirement to sharing her experience through training and consulting.Kim began her career as military police and served active duty for a four-year enlistment. She then worked as a deputy sheriff for six years in Denver, Colorado, before joining the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department in 1998. During her 23-year tenure with KCPD, she patrolled the East, Central, and North Patrol Divisions and worked as a detective in both domestic violence and homicide. She was assigned to the Regional Police Training Academy as a basic training instructor, as well as the diversity officer and LGBTQ liaison officer when she retired in 2021. Kim has provided training throughout the region and at an international level on topics including domestic violence, crisis intervention/de-escalation, diversity and inclusion, and LGBTQ youth suicide prevention. Kim has received numerous commendations and awards throughout her career including a Purple Heart. One of the notable commendations she received was for successfully de-escalating an armed homicidal/suicidal domestic violence subject into safely surrendering. Passionately purpose driven, she currently works for Synergy Services as a community police liaison, focusing her efforts toward educating others about domestic violence and animal cruelty. She also started her own training and consulting company to continue training in the areas of diversity and inclusion, crisis intervention and tactical communication/de-escalation.