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Police Commander Bennett to Take Job in Bosnia

Police Cmdr. Gary Bennett, who was among the finalists for the chief’s job two years ago, will retire from the department in June to work for the U.S. Department of Justice in Bosnia.

Bennett, 49, a commander for 12 years, is in charge of the department’s investigations division. Beginning in July, he will head a team helping the Bosnian federation create a police force, he said.

A 27-year veteran with Pasadena police, Bennett will initially be assigned to Bosnia for two years as a Justice Department program manager. In 1990 and 1996, Bennett was among the finalists for Pasadena police chief.

“Maybe someday I’ll become a chief, but right now this an opportunity to see the world and show how democratic policing works,” Bennett said.

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During his Pasadena tenure, Bennett has supervised police coverage of events from the Rose Parade to soccer’s World Cup.


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