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New PCAN Second Vice President

Kevin Denney, Grand Island Chief of Police has been appointed Second Vice President for the Police Chiefs Association of Nebraska.  Chief Denney replaces Chief Adam Story who recently was named PCAN's First Vice President.

2024 Nebraska Legislative Bills

A complete updated listing of the Legislative Bills of interest to law enforcement, along with other important information pertaining to the 109th Legislative Session can be found in the Member Portal section of this website.

Reactivation/Reciprocity Testing Dates

  • January 23, 2024
  • February 13, 2024
  • March 19, 2024
  • April 30, 2024
  • May 21, 2024
  • June 18, 2024
  • July 16, 2024
  • August 28, 2024
  • September 24, 2024
  • October 29, 2024
  • November 19, 2024
  • December 18, 2024
Times are: 0800 until 1200 - Location: Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center - Contact the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center for more information.

Important Dates for NLETC 217th and 218th Basic Training

  • PRET TEST DATE FOR 217TH BASIC: April 8, 2024 (date subject to change)
  • PRET TEST DATE FOR 218TH BASIC: August 6, 2024 (date subject to change)

Lyons New Police Chief

Lyons, Nebraska, has promoted Joshua Svendsen to the position of Chief of Police.

McCook’s New Police Chief

McCook, Nebraska, has promoted Kevin Hodgson, currently an Investigator with the McCook Police Department as its new Chief of Police.

216th Basic Training Session

01/14/2024 4:00 pm to 04/12/2024 11:00 am

Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center

Central City’s New Police Chief

Central City, Nebraska, has hired Mark Dreher as its new police chief.  Chief Dreher is a retired Grand Island, Nebraska Police Officer and replaces Mark Hogue who recently announced his retirement.

Free Autism Courses for Law Enforcement, Dispatchers and Investigations

After much research, and utilizing the expertise of Dennis Debbaudt, a well-known author and presenter on the subject, the University of Nebraska at Kearney has developed three courses to help provide knowledge and tools to law enforcement so that it can better assess and/or de-escalate calls which may involve autistic individuals.

One course is designed to help officers when encountering persons with autism, one is designed to help dispatchers when receiving calls related to autistic individuals and one is designed to help officers investigating unique situations and/or crimes which involve an autistic individual, as either the victim, suspect or witness.

These courses, whether utilized for mandated de-escalation training, use of force training, anti/implicit bias training, etc. can be presented at the requesting department’s location, free of charge.  For more information on these two- and four-hour courses, see the attached flyers or contact Dr. James Davis, UNK Police Chief at

Burwell’s New Police Chief

Burwell, Nebraska, has hired Matthew McHale, currently a Deputy Sheriff with the Antelope County Sheriff's Office as its new Chief of Police.

New grant opportunities from DOJ

Please be aware of the following new grant opportunities from DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).

Mitchell’s New Police Chief

Mitchell, Nebraska, has appointed Matthew Holcomb as its new Chief of Police.  Chief Holcomb was previously with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office.

Omaha Airport Authority’s New Police Chief

Omaha Airport Authority (Eppley Airport), has promoted Kenneth Kanger to Chief of Police.  Previous to the Omaha Airport Authority, Chief Kanger was a Deputy Chief with the Omaha Police Department.

Neligh’s New Police Chief

Neligh, Nebraska, has promoted Logan Lawson to Chief of Police.  Chief Lawson was also with the Antelope County Sheriff's Office.

David City Restarts Its Police Department

David City, Nebraska, has decided to restart its police department and has hired Marla Schnell as its Chief of Police.  Chief Schnell was previously with the Butler County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Polk Police Department.

Oakland Police Chief Vacancy

The City of Oakland, Nebraska is now taking applications for the position of Police Chief. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions, hold a Nebraska Law Enforcement certification, hold a Nebraska Law Enforcement Management certification or be able to complete the class successfully, a valid Nebraska driver's license and be willing to relocate to Oakland, Nebraska. The City of Oakland will provide, full family insurance, retirement package, paid vacation, paid uniform allowance, paid training, take home vehicle, with a starting pay range $26.00 to $30.00 per hour. Contact Kayla Eisenmenger at (402) 685-5822 for an application.

New PCAN Region 2 Director

Don Miller, Norfolk Chief of Police has been elected and appointed Region 2 Director for the Police Chiefs Association of Nebraska.  Chief Miller replaces Bryan Waugh who recently was named PCAN's President.

Lyon’s New Police Chief

Lyons, Nebraska, has promoted Bryan Dunn to police chief.  Chief Dunn has been with the Lyons Police Department for several years along with being a part-time officer with the Decatur Police Department.  Chief Dunn began his law enforcement career with the Thurston County Sheriffs Office and also has worked for the Oakland Police Department.

Scotia Police Chief Vacancy

The Village of Scotia, Nebraska is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Chief. The position is for approximately fifty hours a month, pay of thirty dollars per hour, patrol unit provided. Applicants must be 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid driver's license, and be of good moral character, have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions and be a United States citizen. Nebraska Law Enforcement Certification is required. Send resume and references to: Village of Scotia PO Box 38 Scotia Ne 68875 308-245-4161. Position open until filled.

Grand Island’s New Police Chief

The Grand Island, Nebraska, City Council has approved the hiring of Kevin Denney as its new police chief.  Chief Denney was previously the chief in Jarrell, Texas and replaces longtime Grand Island police department officer, supervisor and chief, Robert Falldorf.

Building Agency Capacity: a toolkit for human trafficking investigations

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Building Agency Capacity: A Toolkit for Human Trafficking (HT) Investigations project, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), is developing resources for law enforcement agencies nationwide to identify and assist victims of human trafficking and conduct investigations using trauma-informed, victim-centered principles. Resources will include an agency self-assessment, policy and training guidelines containing promising practices, an action planning guide, and HT reporting checklists. The IACP will select four law enforcement demonstration sites to participate in the initiative from February 2023–September 2024. Over the course of the project, the demonstration sites will collaborate with the IACP, OVC, a project Advisory Group of law enforcement executives, prosecutors, service providers, and survivors, plus a cadre of subject matter experts to assess their organizational readiness and develop strategies to address human trafficking in their communities. Additionally, agencies will gain knowledge from the three other demonstration sites and participate in tailored training and technical assistance for each site. The IACP welcomes applications from state, county, local, tribal, campus, or territorial law enforcement agencies with varied levels of experience in identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking and conducting investigations. Consideration will also be given to agencies having no experience with human trafficking that are seeking to establish investigative capacity for these complicated cases. For more information click on the below link:

Crete’s New Police Chief

Crete Lieutenant, Gary Young has been selected as the new Police Chief in Crete, Nebraska.  Chief Young replaces longtime Chief Steve Hensel.

Ceresco’s New Police Chief

Ceresco Part-time Police Officer, Tony Hernandez has been selected as the new Police Chief in Ceresco, Nebraska.  Chief Hernandez was also a long-time Lincoln Police Department Officer and replaces Steve Anderson.

Plainview’s New Police Chief

Plainview Police Officer, Kristy Hallock has been selected as the new Police Chief in Plainview, Nebraska.  Chief Hallock replaces longtime Chief Bruce Yolsten.

Valley’s New Police Chief

Valley K9 Officer, James Deemer has been selected as the new Police Chief in Valley, Nebraska.  Chief Deemer replaces longtime Chief Brett Smith whose last day will be August 19, 2022.

Holdrege’s New Police Chief

The City of Holdrege, Nebraska has appointed Martin McIntire as its new police chief.  Chief McIntire was previously a sergeant with the Department.

Wahoo’s New Police Chief

The City of Wahoo, Nebraska has appointed Joe Baudler as its new police chief.  Chief Baudler was Hickman was the Police Chief of Ashland, Nebraska.

Ashland’s New Police Chief

The City of Ashland, Nebraska has appointed Ryan Brady as its new police chief.  Chief Brady replaces Joe Baudler who recently was named the Police Chief of Wahoo, Nebraska.

Beatrice’s New Police Chief

The City of Beatrice, Nebraska has appointed John Hickman as its new police chief.  Chief Hickman was previously a Montana Police Chief and replaces Bruce Lang who recently retired after over 40 years in law enforcement.

Hooper’s New Police Chief

The City of Hooper, Nebraska has appointed Branden Stoural as its new police chief.

Trafficking Victim Assistance Program

A program at Lutheran Family Services that works with individuals who are non-U.S. citizens being either sexually or labor trafficked. This program provides a number of different services for those being trafficked.  Click on the attached link for more information. Client Flyer FY21

Minatare’s New Police Chief

The City of Minatare, Nebraska has appointed Jared Shepard as its new police chief.  Chief Shepard was formerly an officer in the State of Washington and prior to that a deputy with the Scotts Bluff, Nebraska Sheriff's Office.

North Platte’s New Police Chief

The City of North Platte, Nebraska has appointed Steve Reeves as its new police chief.  Chief Reeves replaces Dan Hudson who recently retired.

West Point’s New Police Chief

The City of West Point, Nebraska has promoted its Assistant Police Chief, John Adams to the rank of Chief of Police.  Chief Adams replaces long time chief, Mike Fisher.

Crofton, Nebraska Police Chief Vacancy

Crofton Nebraska is located in Knox County, Nebraska, fifteen miles south of Lewis and Clark Lake and the Missouri river near Yankton, South Dakota. The area is a welcoming community and provides hunting, fishing and boating activities for the active outdoorsmen.  Per their words, "Our little city needs a law-enforcement officer who will be a part of this small community by joining the activities and providing services. The chief of police position offers independence, salary, paid training, and insurance and retirement benefits. Come join the team."  Contact the City at 402-388-4766 or Mayor Sharol Lawhead at 402-358-1391 or email or

Contact List Needed for Agencies in the State of Nebraska that have Crisis Negotiators

The Nebraska Association of Crisis Negotiators has asked the Omaha Police Department to compile a contact list for all agencies in the state of Nebraska that have crisis negotiators so that they can send out state wide communications and training announcements.
If you are interested in being included on this mailing list (or having a designee be included) please send Miranda Vaughan, Training Specialist, (402) 444-4116, the following information:
  • the email you would like to use
  • the name of your agency
  • how many negotiators you currently have

Officer Safety – Possible Holster Retention Issues

A safety advisory has been issued by SAFARILAND Duty Gear regarding its 7000 series duty holsters.  Please see the attachment for more details. 7000 Series Advisory

Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center Names New Deputy Director

The Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island, Nebraska, has named Mark Stephenson as its new Deputy Director.  Mark will be in charge of training and replaces Bill Keeling.

Free Implicit Bias Training

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is offering two hours worth of implicit bias training free and can be conducted onsite at a hosting agency.   Contact UNK Police Chief Jim Davis at for more information.  

LEOSA Reform Act

Recently, United States Congressman Don Bacon introduced the LEOSA Reform Act aiming to fix many of the issues off-duty officers and retired law enforcement have faced while carrying concealed since the passing of the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) in 2004.

Back the Blue Act

Recently, United States Congressman Don Bacon helped introduce the Back the Blue Act seeking to ensure that those who risk their lives to protect others are afforded greater protection.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo’s Concealed Carry Policy

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has a policy of allowing concealed carry on zoo grounds if the person is an active LEO (credentialed) or a retired LEO qualified under the provisions of HR 218.