WHO IS BEN
COMMITTED TO THE COMMUNITY
Ben has deep roots in our community, and has long been dedicated to serving it. He is running for Contra Costa Sheriff so that he can bring the law enforcement leadership that Contra Costa County deserves. Through his leadership he will help bridge the gap between law enforcement and our community.
Ben believes that we cannot have a civil and stable society without trust and accountability in our institutions. That goal takes constant work, nurturing, and a public presence that doesn't currently exist. Building trust means listening to everyone in the community and responding to their needs. Leaders must listen to their community and adapt and change with society. That's the growth that is needed in law enforcement today and that is Ben's commitment.
BEN IS RUNNING FOR CONTRA COSTA SHERIFF WITH COMMUNITY POLICING AT THE FRONT OF HIS REFORM-MINDED CAMPAIGN
Ben has spent the last 12 years in civilian law enforcement. He was born and raised in Western Montana where he spent his formative years on the Flathead Indian Reservation where his father was a Tribal Chairman, and his mother was a teacher.
At 17 years old, Ben enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served as a military policeman for 6 years. He fought in the Iraq war, where he was awarded several medals and awards for his service. After being honorably discharged from the military, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and was hired as a police officer for the City of Richmond in January 2009. As a police officer, he embraces Richmond’s well-known practice of community policing and through his vast experience knows how to improve it.
During his time in the Richmond Police Department, Ben has worked a variety of assignments including Vice Detective, Gang Detective, Housing Officer, Bicycle Officer, Crisis Negotiator, Mobile Field Force Officer (civil disturbance unit). He is entrusted by the department as a training instructor for new officers, also training advanced officer courses in police use of force, de-escalation, and emergency vehicle operations. In 2011, Ben was selected by his peers as Richmond Police Officer of the Year.
Ben quickly realized the need for institutional changes within police labor unions to reflect the complex human rights and legal rights issues that exist in labor relations and in policing. In 2015, Ben was overwhelmingly elected as the President of his union, the Richmond Police Officers Association, and has run unopposed ever since.
Ben has lived in the community he serves for 10 years. He is well-known in Richmond for participating in a program that places a police officer in low-income housing to bring down crime. He is a single father raising a daughter while he attends the University of San Francisco, class of 2022.