After graduating from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1987, Major Ida Williams began her law enforcement career in 1988 working as a police officer for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Indianapolis. In 1989, she was appointed to the Indianapolis Police Department. Major Williams has served in the Operations Division as a Patrol officer and Evidence Technician, in the Investigative Division as a District Detective and her Administrative assignments included the Youth Services Branch where she served as a PAL officer, School Liaison Officer and Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Instructor. Major Williams also served as a Sergeant in the Community Affairs Branch, Training Branch and the Human Resources Office as the Recruiting Unit Section Supervisor. As a Sergeant and Lieutenant overseeing the agencies recruiting efforts, she was instrumental in re-establishing the IMPD Internship Program, enhancing the Pre-Academy Readiness Program (PAR) and developing the Women Behind the Badge initiative. Currently, Major Williams is assigned to the IMPD Training Academy and continues to oversee the departments recruitment efforts and the Community Engagement Office which consists of the Behavioral Health Unit, Immigrant Outreach, InPActand PAL Club and other youth services programs.