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Travelers Rest Police Department
125 Trailblazer Drive
Travelers Rest, South Carolina 29690
We are located in the Travelers Rest City Hall building on Trailblazer Drive beside the Travelers Fire Department . Get Directions
e-mail: [email protected]
Administrative Judge, Jasmine Twitty: 864-834-1630
Records Clerk and Business Watch Administrator: 864-834-9029
Benjamin Ford, Chief of Police
I am extremely excited to be the Chief of Police in Travelers Rest where I have lived for many years and is my home town. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Charleston Southern University in 1997 and I have received over 1500 hours of specialized training related to the Law Enforcement profession. I look forward to serving the Travelers Rest Community for many years to come!
I started my career in law enforcement in 1991 at the Greenville County Detention Center. I quickly moved to a transport officer in 1992. I received several accommodations for assisting in saving the lives of several inmates.
In 1993 I was hired by Greer Police Department under Chief Dean Crisp. I graduated from the SC Criminal Justice Academy in October of 1993. From 1993 to 1997 I worked as a field training officer, shift supervisor, and was officer of the month in 1995.
In 1997 I left law enforcement to go into business with my father-in-law. Though I was content with a normal job, I still had a desire to be in law enforcement. After almost six years of debating, I decided to get back into law enforcement as a police officer.
In 2002 I applied with Travelers Rest Police Department and was hired by Chief Tim Christy. My certification had expired, so I went back through the SCCJA for a second time and I graduated in October of 2002.
In 2003 I left Travelers Rest Police Department and was offered a position with Landrum Police Department for higher pay, benefits, and closer to home. I quickly was promoted to Sergeant and made officer of the year in 2004. I enjoyed my time with Landrum but my heart was in Travelers Rest and was offered a position again with Travelers Rest.
In June of 2005 I was hired by Travelers Rest Police Department under Chief Tim Christy for a second time. I was promoted to Sergeant over patrol in August of 2005. I received officer of the year in 2009. I served as patrol Sergeant for seven years, until 2012 when I accepted the position of Detective. I worked as Detective for five years from 2012 to 2017. In 2017 I was made officer of the year for the third time in my career and was promoted to Captain.