NHP Chief

Colonel Dennis S. Osborn, Chief

Colonel Dennis S. Osborn began his law enforcement career in March of 1992, with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy assigned to Detention. In November 1992, Osborn joined the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) as a Trooper in traffic operations in Las Vegas, Indian Springs and Pahrump. During that time, he was active in traffic accident reconstruction and the Field Training Officer program.

Osborn was promoted to Sergeant in 1999, and served in a number of assignments, including the Tonopah District Sergeant; Personnel Sergeant at state Headquarters; and Administrative Sergeant in the Northern Command. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in December of 2005, serving as the Executive Officer to the Chief.

In February 2007, Osborn was promoted to Captain at the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Parole and Probation Division in Reno, and was appointed as the DPS Honor Guard Commander in July 2007. He returned to the NHP as the Reno Operations Commander in March 2008.

Osborn was assigned as the Headquarters Commander in July 2011 and remained at Headquarters until being promoted to Major in August 2013, when he transferred to Las Vegas as the Southern Command Deputy Chief. On January 20, 2014, Osborn was appointed Colonel of the Nevada Highway Patrol and returned to Headquarters in Carson City as Chief.

Osborn holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement from Truckee Meadows Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Nevada State College. He completed the Northwestern University Traffic Institute Traffic Accident Reconstruction 1 & 2 courses, and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command class #244. He was awarded the Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Executive Certificate in May 2008. Osborn completed the Arizona Leadership Program in December 2013 and is a proud member of both the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association. Osborn was appointed to the Statewide Alert System in August 2014 and was named the Chairperson of the Nevada Executive Committee on Traffic Safety in January 2015. Osborn is a United States Army Veteran where he served as a combat medic.

Colonel Osborn is married and has three children.