Sergeant Keith Howard currently serves as one of the four patrol sergeants in the police department. Howard joined the Swansea Police Department in 2007 after serving five years in the United States Marine Corps, including a deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Howard, upon joining the department in 2007, was assigned to the patrol division for approximately two years. Howard was selected to represent the department in the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI), as an undercover narcotics detective, from 2009-2012. After completing three years in MEGSI, Howard returned to the department in the patrol division for approximately one year.
Howard was chosen to become a detective in 2014, where he was also an investigator with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. In August 2014, Howard was promoted to Sergeant, where he rejoined the patrol division as a shift supervisor.
During his tenure at the department, Sergeant Howard has and continues to serve as the Range Master for the department. Sergeant Howard is a state certified pistol, rifle, shotgun and Taser instructor. Sergeant Howard also instructs firearms for the Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy and the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission (SILEC). Sergeant Howard is a Colt certified 1911 armorer, AR-15/M-16 armorer, and a Glock armorer. Sergeant Howard is a certified active shooter instructor, Simunitions instructor, and one of Swansea’s four Field Training Officer’s (FTO). Sergeant Howard is also the department's training director.
Sergeant Howard has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Lindenwood College and an A.A.S. degree in Administration of Justice from Southwestern Illinois College.