Ben Reed Jr.
Elko Police Chief Ben Reed became
the Chief of the Elko, Nevada Police Department in October 2013. He
has over 36 years’ experience working in all facets of municipal law
enforcement including Administration, Field Operations, and
Detectives. He has extensive training and field experience in
leadership, incident command, emergency management, community oriented
policing, field supervision and personnel management.
Chief Reed started his law
enforcement career in 1979 as a Police Cadet with the Redding, CA Police
Department. He worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Shasta County, CA
Sheriff’s Office in 1980, assigned to the Boating Safety Unit at Lake Shasta.
He worked as a Police Officer for the Woodland, CA Police Department from
1980 to 1985. He then spent the remaining 26 years working for the
Redding, CA Police Department from 1985 to 2010 holding the ranks of police
officer, investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. As a Police Captain,
he commanded the Administrative Services Division for four years, until he
retired in 2010. He holds an Associate in Arts degree in the
Administration of Justice and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice
Administration. He graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership
Institute in 1994 and the F.B.I. National Academy, Session 221, in Quantico,
Virginia in 2005.
Chief Reed has supervised or commanded various specialized units
to include patrol operations, property crimes detectives, major crimes
detectives, drug and narcotics task force, computer crimes task force, records,
property and evidence, training, personnel and promotions, motor vehicle fleet,
defensive tactics, honor guard, police canines, police explorers,
anti-terrorism investigations, police cadets, and emergency services.
Chief Reed is involved in many community, regional, and national
organizations: the Western Folklife Center (Elko, NV), the Great Basin Elks
Lodge, the Operations Board of the Elko Central Dispatch Authority, the
Northeastern Nevada Museum, the Rotary Club of Elko, the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs
Association, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Nevada Commission on
Peace Officer Standards and Training, and the International Association of
Chiefs of Police. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Community
Foundation of Elko County, and the Chairman of the Elko County Enhanced 911
His ongoing goals are to provide strong ethical leadership,
utilize community oriented policing techniques, provide modern police
management, institute nationally recognized best practices, and provide a high
level of law enforcement service to the citizens and visitors of Elko and the
overall law enforcement community of Nevada.