It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of former City of Laurel Police Officer Joan D. “Joani” Kramer.
Officer Kramer began her law enforcement career by performing undercover narcotic work for Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. After returning to Maryland, Officer Kramer worked at the Hecht Company store in Laurel as a store detective from 1970 to 1972 and then joined the University of Maryland Police Department in College Park from 1972-1974.
Officer Joani Kramer was hired by the Laurel Police Department on September 23, 1974 where she proudly served the community until December 1983. On Joani’s Police Application she replied to a question asking, “why are you making this application for police service?” with: “My interest in police work first started when I worked narcotics undercover in Florida. After I returned to Maryland, I was hired by a local department store to do security work. I felt that I could have a more meaningful career with police training. I have received as much schooling as possible in my present job with the University of Maryland, hopefully the Laurel City Police Department and community will offer me the opportunity to grow in my field.”
Joani quickly earned the respect of her fellow officers, demonstrating her ability to properly and correctly respond to all police calls for service from stolen property to public disturbances. When the Laurel Police Department started its motorcycle division, Joani was the one of the first three officers assigned to the division and was the first woman to serve in the motorcycle division.
Residents and businesses owners saw Joani for what she was: a capable, competent Laurel Police Officer. Joani worked tirelessly on each call she responded to. Her work was appreciated by everyone she served.
Joani was a member and served the University of Maryland Fraternal Order of Police; in Laurel she was also a member of the Laurel Fraternal Order of Police. She was a member of the American Federation of Police, Vice President, and acting President on the Board of Directors of Adelphi Terrace Condominium where she resided.
For her service to the City of Laurel and community, I have ordered the City Flag to be lowered to half-staff in honor and memory of Officer Joan D. “Joani” Kramer until Tuesday, February 15, 2022.