Lieutenant Ben Kemper is from Rapid City, South Dakota. At the age of 13, his family moved to Longview where he attended and graduated from Longview High School in 1993. Lieutenant Kemper went on to graduate for Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, majoring in Law Enforcement Police Science with a minor in Spanish.
Prior to joining the Longview Police Department; Lieutenant Kemper was the co-owner of a successful landscaping business in Longview. Lieutenant Kemper began his career with the Longview Police Department in January, 2002. During his career, Lieutenant Kemper has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, member of the Honor Guard, Bicycle Team and as a Detective. In the summer of 2006, Lieutenant Kemper helped develop and teach the Longview Police Department’s first Citizens Police Academy designed for the Hispanic community of Longview, which was taught completely in Spanish.
Lieutenant Kemper was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September, 2006 where he served as a Patrol Sergeant on First and Third Watch. In October 2008, Lieutenant Kemper was selected to serve in the Office of Professional Standards.
On February 11, 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant Kemper has served as the commander on First Watch patrol, Special Operations Division, and is currently assigned as the Lieutenant over Criminal Investigations and as the SWAT Commander. Lieutenant Kemper is also a graduate of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration’s 48th management college and the 261st Session of the FBI National Academy