At its most recent retirement luncheon, the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police swore-in John Bennett as the organization's president for calendar year 2012.
Mr. Bennett serves as the Town of Paradise Valley chief of police and this February marks his 40th year in law enforcement.
"John's selection as president of the Arizona chiefs' association reflects well both on John and the town," Paradise Valley Town Manager Jim Bacon said in a July 16 written statement.
Mr. Bacon says Chief Bennett's regional cooperative efforts have positive impacts when policing the Town of Paradise Valley.
"His leadership in the chiefs' association reflects that commitment and also helps him gain experience in a unique leadership role," he explained.
The law enforcement association seeks to promote regional cooperation between public and private entities and individuals in the interest of law enforcement, according to the group's website.
"I think it is a big honor for a police chief in our community," Paradise Valley Mayor Scott LeMarr said in a July 24 phone interview. "This reflects on his professionalism ... it is a culmination of achievements throughout his career."
Chief Bennett, who was elected to the AACOP's executive board in January 2009, says he is honored to take the helm of the law enforcement entity.
"It is an absolute honor for me ... it is a humbling experience to serve as president of the association," he said in a July 24 phone interview. "It means an awful lot to me both professionally and personally."
A great benefit of being a part of the association is learning how other chiefs of police tackle issues and seek to obtain "common goals," Chief Bennet says.
"You relly get to know the other chiefs not only professionaly, but also personally," he explained.
Mayor LeMarr says his is proud of the Town of Paradise Valley's top cop.
"I think they view him as a professional and a good representative of what the association wants to accomplish," he said.
Chief Bennett will serve as board president throughout calendar year 2012.
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