Message from Chief Hensman
Nobility in law enforcement is achieved when our actions are centered on service, justice, and fundamental fairness; never forgetting that our actions can have an instant impact on others for a lifetime, and even a community for generations. 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.
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 24 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.
The men and women of the Police Department are exceptional people. A dynamic team committed to honorably seeking truth and justice, and while building trust and nurturing community confidence. We are vested in public service and will work thoroughly with all people to resolve local problems - from criminal activity to livability difficulties. It is my privilege to lead this department and I can assure you I will work tirelessly to earn your trust.