Peace officer passes away
Khamraj Persad, Baruch College peace officer, has died. Campus security was notified about the passing after her nephew confirmed her death on Sept. 18 via a phone call. She was 59 years old. Persad, referred to as “Key” by those who worked with her, began her tenure at Baruch College in 1994 as a contract guard. She was promoted in 2004 to serve as a campus security assistant and worked diligently until she was promoted in 2007 to campus peace officer. While receiving benefits from CUNY for being a city worker, Persad was able to pursue a degree at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In 2010, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in security management. She was preparing for the CUNY promotional sergeant exam before she passed away. Her job required her to protect and serve the Baruch faculty and students. However, she served as a mentor to the campus security staff as she consistently pushed other officers into going back to school. She was referred to as a mother figure by several of the younger guards.
“She never told you not to do it educational-wise. She always pushed you to go do it. It didn’t matter whether it was liberal arts or accounting, she just wanted us to take advantage of what [the city] has to offer us, so we can better ourselves and not have to stay here,” said Frances Willis, a security assistant who was trained by Persad. The campus security staff are in the process of acquiring a plaque commemorating Persad to be placed in the Newman Library Building security office where she was regularly stationed.