E. Williams began his 30 year law enforcement career as a cadet for the Austin Police Department (Texas). Working a variety of assignments he rose through the ranks of the department to become the commander of
the Organized Crime Division in 2002. In 2003, Howard Williams accept the position as Chief of Police for the San Marcos Police
Department (Texas). During his tenure in the Organized Crime Division, Howard
Williams managed the Narcotics, Gangs, Career Criminal, Financial Crimes, High-Tech Crimes, Nuisance Abatement, Forfeiture,
Forged Prescriptions, and Alcohol Control sections and supervised 101 employees under an $8.5 million budget.
Williams served as a Lecturer for the School of Criminal Justice at Southwest Texas State University in 2002, was a member
of the Education Committee for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education in 2000, and a member
of the Advisory Board for the Travis County Dispute Resolution Center from 1996 to 2003. Howard
Williams has been a member of the Texas Police Chiefs’ Association since 2001 and the American Society of Law Enforcement
Trainers since 2000.
Williams completed his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest Texas State University in August 2002 and
a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in August 2000. Howard Williams is the author of Asset Forfeiture: A Law Enforcement Perspective.
to the book description of Asset Forfeiture:
A Law Enforcement Perspective, it “reviews the myriad statutes, rules, regulations, confusing and often contradictory
judicial decisions, and detailed processes to outline forfeiture procedures for law enforcement administrators, investigators,
and officers. The text consists of three principal sections: the development of modern asset forfeiture policy, asset forfeiture
law, and administering forfeiture programs.
section contains five chapters tracing the history of forfeiture in the United States. These chapters include a brief review
of forfeiture history and policy, non-judicial forfeiture procedures, civil forfeiture procedures, criminal forfeiture procedures,
and state forfeiture processes. The twelve chapters on forfeiture law in the second section discuss several federal forfeiture
statutes as they pertain to different law enforcement topics: auto theft, copyright infringement, drug abuse and prevention,
espionage, explosives and firearms, gambling, immigration.
section concerning administration of forfeiture programs, contains three chapters, which include seizing assets, establishing
probable cause, and managing forfeiture programs. This unique book is designed to introduce the criminal justice student or
the neophyte practitioner to the complexities of forteiture law and procedures. It promotes the aggressive but judicial use
of asset forfeiture as a crime-fighting tool, and it advocates the conservative use of forfeited property to further clearly
defined law enforcement policies.”