Assistant Chief - Police Operations
John A. Bennett
As the Assistant Chief of Operations, John Bennett oversees the patrol divisions
and coordinates the department's crime reduction efforts citywide. He is an
innovative commander who embraces the latest technology for fighting crime. Under his leadership, officers analyze crime trends, devise daily attack plans
and then deploy resources to solve and prevent crime. This led to a 34% drop in
part I crimes in 2009 while he was a Major overseeing District II.
Bennett utilized this forward thinking approach with Super Bowl XLIII. He
depended on tactical technologies to ensure more than two dozen local, state and
federal agencies shared real-time information about planned events, unplanned
incidents, risk assessments and resource deployment. To plan and execute such an
enormous event, Bennett relied on his seven-years of experience overseeing the
Special Operations Division where he was heavily involved in Homeland Security
for local law enforcement agencies.
John Bennett served as a member and commander of the Tactical Response Team,
known as SWAT, for 15 years.
The 25-year veteran has worked as a field-training officer and supervisor,
served in Homicide and as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Police. He was
promoted to Major in 2005. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from
St. Leo University. He has a post-graduate certificate from the University of
Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business in Executive Leadership and is a
graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.