D.A.R.E. Region 1 Director

Dennis Osborn joined D.A.R.E. America after serving over 25 years in law enforcement working primarily in state government. He retired from law enforcement in July 2017 after serving as the Chief of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

As Nevada’s Highway Patrol Chief, Dennis advanced the organization’s technology from a self-reporting system to a fully automated system, published the Highway Patrol’s strategic plan, and redefined the department’s performance measures and mission priorities. Dennis developed key relationships within the Nevada State Legislature and also with the respective employee/labor association leadership increasing trust and efficiency of personnel matters.

Dennis graduated from Northwestern University’s prestigious School of Police Staff and Command and served in the United States Army and Army National Guard as a combat medic. During his military service, Dennis also completed the Primary Leadership Development Course and the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course.

Dennis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Nevada State College and an Associate’s degree from Truckee Meadows Community College in Criminal Justice. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Nevada Sheriff’s and Chief’s association.

Dennis’ region includes: AlaskaArizonaCaliforniaColorado, Florida, Georgia, HawaiiIdahoNevadaNew MexicoOregonTexas and Washington.