Officer William M. Hackley "Bill"
Final Roll Call....March 15, 2012
Officer William M. Hackley passed away at home in his sleep, he is survived by his wife Donna
I joined the department in 1967
BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT
BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT
BALTIMORE AFRO AMERICAN
Officer William Hackley (left) and Officer Howard Wisner (right) are the two white police trainees appearing in the AFRO in April 1970 for some promotion
Officer Hackley with his mother & father on graduation day
May 22, 1970
An old time cop gave me this advice when I first joined the department.
He said: Always remember that as a Police Officer you will be meeting people at their worst. Whether an accident victim, a victim of an assault or a robbery, a victim of a property crime or burglary, a lost person, or a person who just needs to talk with someone. They are NOT their usual self, that they would be under better conditions.
Their problems may seem a matter of routine or unimportant to you, but at that time it is the MOST important issue on that person’s mind. Try to see their issues and do your best to bring some comfort and relief and always show compassion for them. They depend on YOU as a Police Officer to be their strength.
During My Career
Numerous people have inspired me:
Captain Simon J.Avara, my 1st. Commanding Officer.
Lieut. Leslie J. Stickles, K9 Commander.
Officer John Lewis, Officer Leslie Stickles Jr., Officer John Burns, my friends.
Captains William Rochford and Theodore Weintraub.
Sergeants William Fogerty, Robert Fisher and Charles Clements.
Graduation Day from the Police Academy
What a Job!
I can honestly say that I had a very good career in Law Enforcement. I would not have changed a thing in my decision to become a Baltimore City Police Officer. I had an excellent upbringing and was always taught right from wrong and to help whoever I could and respect everyone.
There were many Good times and plenty of Bad times. The good far outweighed the bad. The feeling you get when you help a child, an elderly person, a crime victim, accident victim, a stranger, a visitor to the city. To apprehend a criminal and bring the first step of closure to a victim of an incident. The BAD times were just that BAD. Injury or death to a child, and the same for an innocent victim of a crime. A victim who lost their belongings, or the despair of anyone in fear of their safety.
Particularly trying BAD times, was the loss of close friends, BROTHERS in BLUE who fell in the line of duty. Those who gave their lives for the betterment of their fellow men.
Police work is a time honored profession and I am very proud to have had the opportunity to serve as one of Baltimore’s finest.
Officer Hackley, south lawn of the White House, during Police Week 1999
After our tour through the White House we were invited to the United States Park Police Headquarters for a tour of their facilities. In their lobby is a restored 1978 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was donated by the Baltimore Police Department. The motor unit was restored by US Park Police mechanic John Bayer in 1990 The US Park Police were the official escorts for the Historic Police Car Honor Guard and went above and beyond their responsibilities to ensure that our visit to POLICE WEEK was a memorable experience. Please consider attending Police Week in Washington DC, sometime during your career in Law Enforcement. A candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Memorial or attending the ceremony on the lawn of the US Capital, is a very moving experience. Thousands of Law Enforcement Officers from around this country and the world coming together to Honor the memory of Fallen Heroes. I have had the great fortune to attend numerous Police Week activities in the last several years and enjoyed the feeling of comradely with brothers and sisters I never knew I had. Officers, Sheriffs, Troopers, Rangers from everywhere, arm in arm and with tears in their eyes as they share stories of loss and hear the words at official functions. What a powerful experience to savor.
Motorcycle donated by the Baltimore Police Department to the United States Park Police and on display in their Headquarters lobby.
Retired Officer William Hackley with his restored 1968 Chevrolet Police car participating in Police Week 2000 parade and activities in Washington DC.
As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice. I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger , scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life. I will be exemplary in obeying the law and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty. I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendship to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities. I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other representatives in the pursuit of justice. I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom. equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies. - William Tyler Page; Accepted by the House of Representatives on April 3 1918-
1949-2012 William M Hackley