Ben Raymond began his career with the Shreveport Police Department in February of 2000. After graduating from the Shreveport Police Regional Training Academy in June of 2000, he worked in the Uniform Services Division as a patrol officer.
He was selected to be a member of the Street Level Interdiction Unit (narcotics) in June of 2002 and was assigned a dual role as an operator with the Special Response Team. He served in this capacity until September of 2005, when he was transferred to the Mid-Level Investigations Unit (narcotics) and continued in his duties as an operator with the Special Response Team. As he progressed in his career, he was ultimately appointed as the Special Response Team training coordinator and was responsible for ensuring the team was properly trained and equipped.
He was transferred to the Shreveport Police Regional Training Academy as an instructor in July of 2016. He instructed both police cadets and in-service police officers in several areas to include firearm s, use of force and legal updates. During his ten u re as an instructor, he was promoted to the rank of police sergeant.
Then, in September of 2017, he was appointed chief administrative assistant where he was primarily responsible for the creation, implementation, and management of the police budget. He also assisted with administrative and personnel matters as part of his duties.
He accepted a substitute appointment as chief of police on November 13, 2018. As chief of police, he currently manages the day-to-day operations of the 700-plus member department.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He graduated summa cum laud e and was the top graduate during the August 1999 commencement for Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana. He holds numerous certifications to include POST Firearms Instructor, Precision Rifle Instructor, Close Quarter Battle Safety Officer and many other tactical certifications. However, his greatest accomplishments and most important roles are being a good husband to his wife of over 15 years and a loving father for their two beautiful daughters.
Chief Raymond looks forward to this new opportunity to continue serving the citizens and visitors of Shreveport.