Message From the Chief

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Message from Chief Hensman

The men and women of the Grants Pass Police Department are devoted to public service and will work hard to earn your trust.  We strive to enhance community confidence and are dedicated to responding to your needs and expectations.  It takes an entire community to solve livability difficulties, reduce crime and create a strong sense of community safety.  We are in this together!

Background and Education

I grew up in Dublin, Ireland, and graduated from O’Connell Secondary School in 1989. I later earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from the Community College of Southern Nevada, a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Nevada State College, and a master’s degree in justice management from the University of Nevada Reno. I am a graduate of the Oregon Executive Leadership Institute, and the Police Executive Research Forums (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police, and hold an Executive Certification with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

My professional career began in 1990 when I enlisted in the United States Air Force. After eight years of military service, I began my policing career, spending the last 25 years serving four police agencies and in a variety of roles: The Alpharetta Police Department (Atlanta Georgia Suburb), the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Ashland Police Department and now the Grants Pass Police Department.

I am honored to serve, proud of our police team, and take the responsibility of keeping Grants Pass safe with earnest intent. Our team philosophy, coupled with the progressive and professional manner in which we deal with community challenges, will assure Grants Pass continues to be a safe and prosperous community for many years to come.