25-year-veteran police officer retires

Published 8:25 pm Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MILWAUKEE, WISC — Kerry L. Flowers recently retired from the Milwaukee Police Department (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) on February 19, 2015 after 25 years of service.  He began his tenure on the police department in patrol as a police officer and was promoted to Police Sergeant in 1999.  As a police officer, Kerry patrolled in some of the most violent areas of the city at several different police districts and also found time to give back to the agency by instructing at the police academy.  Upon promotion to sergeant, Kerry was assigned to the Tactical Enforcement Unit (SWAT) where he supervised many critical incidents, tactical deployments, special events and special operations.  During his career, Kerry was also the sergeant in charge of the city jail where he was instrumental in implementing the Temporary Holding Facility Program, which formalized the training of police officers as prisoner processing agents.  As a patrol sergeant, Kerry was assigned many duties to include supervision of the agency’s School Resource Officers (SRO), instruction of several programs at the training academy and many patrol related functions.  Kerry has also received meritorious commendations while with the MPD.

Kerry retired from the United States Army in 2004, with active and reserve duty.  His last duty assignment was as a Senior Drill Instructor with tours at Basic Training (BCT), West Point Military Academy and leadership schools.  Kerry was mobilized in 2003 to train soldiers destined for Iraq.

Kerry is the president of the League of Martin, an African American law enforcement organization.  It is a community advocacy group.

Kerry is married to the former E. Gail Gorham of Washington.  They have two sons.  He is also the son-in-law of Martha S. Gorham & Thornton “Bill” Gorham, Jr. of Washington, North Carolina.