Colonel Dennis S. Osborn, Chief
Colonel Dennis S. Osborn is a law
enforcement veteran with over 20 years of service. After completing his
enlistment in the United States Army in 1989, Osborn relocated to Reno, Nevada,
where he began his law enforcement career with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office
as a Deputy assigned to Detention in March 1992.
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 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.
Colonel Osborn is married and has