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Jamie Byrd-Grant

Senior Police Officer, Houston , Texas Police Department

Eradicate Hate:
2023

Senior Police Officer Jamie Byrd-Grant is a 12-year veteran with the Houston, Texas, Police Department (HPD). Throughout her career with the HPD, Officer Byrd-Grant has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. She is also a former first grade teacher and former Harris County Adult Supervision Officer.

Officer Byrd-Grant started her career patrolling the streets of Northeast Houston, including the Historical Fifth Ward District. During her career, Officer Byrd-Grant’s experiences include working in the Differential Response Team/Community Service Unit and Gang Division/Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Unit. She is currently working in the Office of Community Affairs as the gang prevention officer and the co-chair of the Shepard and Byrd Hate Crimes Project for the HPD.

Over the years, Officer Byrd-Grant has served as an advocate against racial injustice. At the age of 16, she was a driving force in supporting legislation such as lobbying the State of Texas for the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act. She is the director of the James Byrd, Jr. Foundation for K.I.D.S. nonprofit organization and author of Triumph Over Tragedy, a newly published book. She continues her mission of making an impact in the fight against anti-Semitism and hate through partnering with Houston Coalition Against Hate and the Anti-Defamation League.

Officer Byrd-Grant holds a bachelor of science degree in administration of justice from Texas Southern University and a master of science degree in human science from Prairie View A&M University. She holds several citizen and supervisor commendations for her professionalism and commitment to excellence.

Officer Byrd-Grant is a certified mental health officer and peer support liaison. She continues to strive toward making a positive impact within the community.

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My network of professionals working on countering hate in all its forms grew exponentially after attending Eradicate Hate in 2021. The myriad voices represented at Eradicate Hate, from big tech companies to academic researchers to those with lived experience, reinforced to me the importance of cross-cutting and collaborative approaches to counter hate and its devastating impacts on society. I’ve been fortunate to sustain and build those networks with many of those I met at Eradicate Hate in 2021.

Rajeev Ramchand
Rajeev Ramchand Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation