Chief Tony Jones
Chief Jones became the Interim Chief of Police for his second time on July 6, 2009. On September 14, 2009, City Manager Russ Blackburn removes the "Interim" title and appoints Chief Jones as the permanent Chief of Police for the City of Gainesville.
Retired Gainesville Police Department Captain Tony Jones is currently serving as the Chief of Police for the Gainesville Police Department. Chief Jones began his career with the agency on October 6, 1975 as a police officer. He has served in many capacities during his 33-year career with GPD. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in August of 1986 and began working as a Crime Prevention Supervisor. In May of 1987 he was promoted to Sergeant and worked as a supervisor in the Operations Bureau. During that period, he supervised the first Community Oriented Policing Teams in Gainesville. He was promoted to Lieutenant in November of 1988 and served as the Commander of both the Crime Prevention Unit and the Community Oriented Policing Teams. In February of 1992, he was promoted to Captain of the Neighborhood Services Bureau. His responsibilities included an expanded COP Team, Crime Prevention Unit, and the School Resource Officers program.
On April 30, 1997, Captain Jones was appointed as the Interim Chief of the Gainesville Police Department where he maintained this position for one year until a permanent Chief was selected. He then resumed his position as the Commander of the Neighborhood Services Bureau, which encompassed Crime Prevention, Youth Services, Special Investigations, and COP Teams.
In the summer of 2000, the City of Gainesville was divided into two Districts – the North District and the South District. On August 1, 2000, Captain Jones was assigned as the District Commander of the South District over the Operations Bureau, where he divided his time between command patrol activities, as well as the events and activities of the Community Resources Division, formerly called the Neighborhood Services Bureau. Captain Jones retired from the Gainesville Police Department in January of 2004. After his retirement, he served as the Community Relations Coordinator for GPD and also served as the Interim Assistant City Manager for several months during 2005.
Throughout his career, Chief Jones has been vital member of our community. He was the co-founder of the Reichert House Youth Academy. The Reichert House serves at-risk youth from ages 12 to 18. The program is a comprehensive, holistic approach to providing educational opportunities, life skills, vocational training, and structured support services which are all designed to transform these at-risk youth into future contributors to our community.
Chief Jones serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations in our community:
- Boys and Girls Club
- The Volunteer Center
- The Black on Black Crime Task Force
- The Reichert House Youth Academy
- Executive Board for the Alachua County Juvenile Justice Department
He is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. This year he was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to the State Advisory Council for the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Chief Jones earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Science from the University of Alabama.
Major Richard Hanna
Major Richard W. Hanna, Commanding Officer, has been with GPD since February 1981 and was promoted to the rank of Major in February 2008. His prior law enforcement experience was with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office for 2 years prior to starting employment with GPD. Major Hanna received his BA from the University of Florida Political Science Major. Major Hanna is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Florida Executive Development Course, DEA Drug Unit Commander School and extensive other police/SWAT related schools.
Major Hanna has professional affiliations with IACP, Florida Sheriff’s Association, Florida Police Chief’s Association, University of Florida Alumni Association, the University of Florida’s Community Coalition on Alcohol, Criminal Justice Technology Advisory Committee Santa Fe Community College, Regional Domestic Security Task Force Region 3, and the FBI National Academy Association.
Major Hanna’s achievements include serving on SWAT for 22 years, 12 of which he was the Commander. Other assignments include Special Operations Commander, Patrol Shift Commander, Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit Commander (County-wide Unit), first Director of the State Attorney’s Office Narcotics Task Force (multi-county circuit), Tactical Operations Division Commander, Criminal Investigations Division Commander, Deputy Commander Operations Bureau, District Commander in both District 1 and District 3, Operational Development and Support Division Commander, Operations Bureau Commander. Major Hanna also commands the Internal Affairs Division.
Major Hanna was involved in the planning and implementation of the District Policing plan launched in 2000, as well as involved in the planning, training and implementation of the Department becoming a full service Community Policing Agency in 2000. Major Hanna is currently involved in the planning and program development of the Community Policing and Training Center to include Restorative Justice and the Center for Community Conflict Resolution.
Captain Lynne Benck
Captain Lynne Benck currently commands the Investigations Bureau, which is composed of:
- Criminal Investigations Division
- Forensics Crime Unit
- Victim Services
- Domestic Violence Unit
- Special Investigations Division (Gainesville-Alachua County Drug Task Force)
Captain Benck has served the Gainesville Police Department since 1988, and was promoted to Captain on February 23, 2004. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Florida.
Recently, Captain Benck has participated in the 2008 National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women, the 2007 DEA-sponsored 80 hour Drug Unit Commander Academy in Quantico, VA, the 2007 Officer Conduct and Internal Affairs for Supervisors and Managers and the 2006 Internet Crimes Against Children Unit Supervisor Seminar.
She serves on the Steering Committee for the Florida Department of Health and the Statewide Initiative to Prevent Sexual Violence. She is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the House of Hope for Women and the Board of the Child Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team.
Captain Benck acted as the lead for the Gainesville Police Department’s effort to create and enforce a City Ordinance addressing where sex offenders and predators who target children can live. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the co-host of GPD’s television show, Police Beat. In 2001, Captain Benck was the recipient of the Martha V. Varnes Award for Achievements in Sexual Exploitation Prevention. In addition, she drafted the current department policy and procedure for handling domestic violence cases.
Captain Lonnie Scott
Captain Lonnie Scott commands the Professional Standards Bureau, which is consists of:
Captain Scott has been with the Gainesville Police Department since 1985 and was promoted to the rank of captain on December 10, 2007. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1984.
Captain Scott has participated in many law enforcement training courses, including the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Course, the Line Supervision Course, Internal Investigations Course and Personnel Matters Course. He has also taken the Advanced Officer Survival Course, Instructor Techniques Course, Human Diversity Instructor Course and Radar Course.
He currently serves on many community boards, including the City of Gainesville’s EEO Board, the Homeless Coalition Board, Project Turnaround, the Black on Black Crime Task Force, the Deacon Board at Greater Fort Clarke Missionary Baptist Church and the Operation Respect Yourself/Heatwave Board.
Among his greatest achievements, Captain Scott includes marrying his wife and raising two smart, well-grounded children, becoming a deacon at Greater Fort Clarke Missionary Baptist Church, graduating from the University of Florida with a Business Finance degree and advancing in his professional career to the rank of Captain.
Captain Edward Posey
Captain Edward Posey is the Commander of the Gainesville Police Operations Bureau. Specialty Units assigned to the Operations Bureau include: Airport Unit, Aviation Unit, Gang Unit, School Resource Officers, K-9, Mounted Unit, Tactical Impact Unit, Traffic Safety Team, Police Service Technicians, Advanced Law Enforcement Rifle Team, the Downtown Unit and the Critical Incident Response Team.
Captain Posey has been with GPD since February 1985 and was promoted to the rank of Captain on March 3, 2008. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Florida.
Captain Posey is a graduate of the 36th class of the Command Officer Development Course of the Southern Police Institute. He has also attended a Compstat Conference in New York, the National Institute of Justice Summer Technology Institute in Washington, D.C. and a 21-month leadership course with the City of Gainesville.
Captain Posey is involved with several data-sharing projects. He is a subject matter expert for the FBI’s National Data Exchange (N-DEx) Project and represents the Gainesville Police Department on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX) board and the Florida Law Enforcement Exchange Project (FLEX). He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Chairperson of the IACP Law Enforcement Information Management Section and a member of the IACP Criminal Justice Information System Committee. Captain Posey is also the Chairperson of the FBI's Information Sharing and N-DEx Operations Task Force (ISNOTF) and a member of the FBI’s CJIS Information Sharing (INSH) Subcommittee.
Captain Posey created GPD’s first Web site and intranet portal. He also managed the purchase and implementation of the current Records Management, In-Car Computer and Mobile Field Reporting Systems.