Bennie Click, recently retired from the Dallas, Texas Police Department, was appointed to the position of Chief of Police in 1993. Prior to that, Chief Click retired from the Phoenix Police Department as Executive Assistant Police Chief, after twenty-eight years of service with that agency. During his career with Phoenix, Chief Click served in seventeen different positions in every rank. His assignments included Field Operations, Criminal Investigations, Supervisory, Administrative, Command, and Executive functions.
Chief Click is a native of Prescott, Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University, and was recently inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame by the University's College of Public Programs. During his career with the Dallas Police Department, Chief Click was credited with implementing a strong community policing policy, a Citizens Police Academy, Volunteers in Patrol, and Neighborhood Crime Watch. He also began prevention programs for young people, such as "Better Kids. Better Dallas," designed to steer young lives away from potential criminal behavior, and into positive activities.
He is a member of professional organizations such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the National Executive Institute. Chief Click has served with over thirty community organizations, including tenure as a Board Member with fifteen organizations. He has been professionally recognized over twelve times for outstanding service to his agency, and his community.
Chief Click has served as an Adjunct Faculty member for Arizona State University and Phoenix College, and has taught for both the Phoenix Police Academy, and the Dallas Police Academy. He has recently accepted the position of Chairman for the National Council for Law Enforcement Education and Training, at Rio Salado College.