Bruce Benson is a subject matter expert and consultant with extensive practical experience and knowledge of challenges confronting state and local law enforcement agencies. His expertise provides insights and guidance on the possibilities and benefits of integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems into police patrol, investigative and tactical operations.
Bruce is a 20 year veteran of the Arlington County Police Department with command assignments in police patrol operations, tactical operations and criminal investigations. Bruce currently serves as the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Section, Special Victims Unit, overseeing investigations involving rape and sexual assault, missing persons, crimes against children and other investigations of sensitive nature. He also coordinates and oversees the implementation of policy and procedure to bring the Department into compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
Previous assignments include the Gang Intelligence Unit. In 1998 Bruce pioneered the Police Department's first gang unit, as the first detective assigned to specifically address the gang problem he created the template from which the current gang unit is comprised. In 2005 Bruce returned to the gang unit as the Commander where he initiated and supervised the County's first federal RICO investigation, earning a Meritorious service award from the Eastern District AUSA/ FBI Washington Field Office in 2010. Bruce also represented the Department on the Arlington County Gang task force, addressing gang crime and prevention from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Bruce has also served on the Department's Emergency Response Team as a special weapons and tactical team operator, team leader and assistant commander. He has participated in a multitude of tactical operations to include narcotic and weapon search warrant service, hostage barricade negotiations, and as a security and response team to special events such as the Marine Corps Marathon and Army Ten Miler. Bruce was deployed with the Emergency Response Team at the Pentagon in response to the attack on September 11, 2001.
Other assignments include Patrol Watch Commander, Burglary Unit Commander, Supervisor in the service support section overseeing impound operations, hack inspector, and private tow contracts. He is a member of the National Capital Region Type III Incident Management Team.
Bruce is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond and the National Tactical Operators Association SWAT Commanders Course. Bruce has a Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Virginia University.
Bruce is a former U.S. Marine, a two time Ironman Lake Placid finisher and is active in government and school issues in Prince William County, Virginia where he lives with his wife and two children.