Gary BenthinChief of Police, Eden Police Department, NC (Ret.)
Gary Benthin is a retired police officer with over thirty-two years of service in two states. He spent more than twenty-two of those years as a chief. He served as a patrol and training officer on a 1,700 member county police department, a detective on a 165 member sheriff’s department, chief of a seven-member municipal police department and chief of a mid-sized municipal police department.
Gary graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. He later attended Western Carolina University and graduated with a Master of Public Affairs degree. He is a graduate of the Southeast Florida Institute of Criminal Justice, the North Carolina Police Executive Development Program and the FBI National Academy.
Mr. Benthin was a trained and certified criminal justice instructor for thirty years and has taught a multitude of criminal justice topics in basic law enforcement training, in-service training and community college curriculum courses. More recently, he has scripted and appeared in, numerous training videos on leadership and related topics.