Chief Benjamin Ford

My Law Enforcement career began in 1999 with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services.  I worked in the Greenville Office for 4.5 years and left the law enforcement profession for 6 months when I worked for a local attorney in Greenville.  I was then hired by the Mauldin Police Department in 2004 where I worked in patrol and investigations for 3.5 years.  I then had the opportunity to work with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for 1 almost year in 2008 where I worked alcohol and narcotics enforcement.  I returned to the Mauldin Police Department in late 2008 where I again worked in patrol and investigations until I was promoted to Sergeant in 2014.  I supervised 4 Detectives, 4 School Resource Officers, and the Property and Evidence Room for 3.5 years before transferring to the position of Training Sergeant in 2017.  While in this position, I supervised, scheduled, and maintained training records for 65 total employees, 1 Business Liaison Officer, 1 Animal Control Officer, 1 Codes Enforcement Officer, and the Property and Evidence Room.  I also managed the Reserve Police Officer Program, the Citizen's Police Academy that was presented yearly to the community, and the Student Internship Program.

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!