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“Family is the foundation. That part of your life has to be right. It has to be right not only for you but your children and your children’s children. It’s one of the most important responsibilities and joys one can take part in.”
Karen Kajmowicz is no stranger to dedication. A former student-athlete, she attended the University of Evansville on a full-athletic scholarship for basketball. Karen credits her time at UE as a conduit for the passion she exemplifies in her day to day life, and she graduated with a degree in communications and criminal justice, a foreshadowing of her successful 20-year career in law enforcement.
Throughout her career, Karen served as a Crime Prevention Officer where she worked as the liaison between department and neighborhood associations for six years. From there, she moved into a position as the Public Information Officer for the department. Here, she drafted all public statements and media releases and conducted on-air interviews with local news stations. In 2008, she was promoted to the role of Sergeant, and shortly after that, she assumed the role of Sergeant Narcotics Drug Task Force where she supervised the team on long-term narcotics investigations.
During her time at the department, Karen entered the narcotics task force as a minority — the only woman on the squad. But Karen quickly made herself at home, earning a reputation as a hard-working and passionate Sergeant. She was quickly welcomed to the force, even looking back on her time in the Drug Task Force and calling the group a ‘family.’
Karen Kajmowicz’s career in the Evansville Police Department was centered around two elements: her desire for justice and her love of people. Karen truly believes that a marketplace of ideas is the only way for a country to progress to a more egalitarian and beautiful land. She is truly interested in delivering justice to all, both in the form of fighting injustice and showing forgiveness and understanding to those seeking a second chance. After retiring from a career in law enforcement, Karen couldn’t fight the pull towards continuing her journey in criminal justice, and she is pursuing a degree in law, continuing to further her knowledge in criminal justice and criminal justice reform.
In addition to her career, Karen is a dedicated mother to three children – one son and two twin daughters. “Family is the most important responsibility one can take upon themselves. It’s this foundation that drives me to excel in other areas of my life.” One of her favorite parts about her current life journey is the ability she has to show her children that one’s life should continue to grow and evolve. Karen is vocal about the importance of cherishing close family moments, even in the midst of an exciting and busy career. “Family is the foundation. That part of your life has to be right. It has to be right not only for you but your children and your children’s children. It’s one of the most important responsibilities and joys one can take part in.”
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