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Waco Police Association announces loss of officer due to illness

Waco Police Department
Posted at 1:03 PM, Dec 20, 2020


Waco Police announced the loss of Waco PD Officer William Michael McKinney. Ofc. McKinney lost his battle with cancer Saturday, December 19, 2020. Ofc. McKinney was a graduate of the 55th Waco Police Academy on February 18, 2005.

Ofc. McKinney started his career with the Waco Police Department as a Police Recruit on September 7, 2004. He was commissioned as a Police Officer on January 11, 2005.

On July 22, 2005, Ofc. McKinney took a short leave from Waco PD to become a Waco Firefighter. After being a firefighter, Ofc. McKinney decided that he wanted to return to his passion, which was policing.

He was rehired as a Waco Police Officer on January 7, 2008, and was assigned to the Patrol Division. On January 30, 2011, Ofc. McKinney transferred to the Street Crimes Unit where he spent the next 3 ½ years before returning to the Patrol Division on June 15, 2014. On November 27, 2016, Ofc. McKinney transferred to the Drug Enforcement Section where he served as a detective until yesterday.

During his time here at Waco PD, Officer William Michael McKinney received several awards including the Waco Police Department’s Life Saving Award, the Certificate of Merit award, 3 Meritorious Unit Awards, and several written commendations.

Ofc. McKinney leaves behind his wife and a daughter, his father, his sister, several relatives and friends, as well as a grateful police family.


The Waco Police Association announced the loss of an officer this weekend to an illness "he has been courageously battling."

The Waco Police Association asked the community to keep their members and Waco PD in their thoughts in the coming days, according to a Facebook post Sunday.

"Regretfully, we lost an officer yesterday to an illness he had been courageously battling."

The association will not release the name of the officer until the family and department deems it appropriate.