Coralville Police Chief Barry Bedford has been recognized by the Iowa Police Chiefs Association for his outstanding and extraordinary service to the criminal justice system and the law enforcement profession, and his commitment and dedication above and beyond normal professional duties.
Chief Bedford was named Law Enforcement Executive of the Year by the Iowa Police Chiefs Association on May 21 during the organization’s annual conference. Chief Bedford has been the Chief of Police in Coralville since 1988 and is one of Iowa’s longest serving police chiefs. Before joining the Coralville Police Department in 1974, Chief Bedford began his career as a security officer with the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety. In 1982 he was named Outstanding Young Man of the Year.
His education includes a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology and Law, and an MA in Public Affairs, both from the University of Iowa. He served many years as an instructor in Criminal Justice at Kirkwood Community College.
Chief Bedford has been extensively involved in professional organizations, giving freely of his time and expertise. He has been active in the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Executive Board of the Iowa Police Chiefs Association where he is Chair of the State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) Committee. He has given to his local community through the Johnson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Hawkeye Area Youth for Christ/Youth Guidance, and the Iowa City/Coralville Community Leadership Program.
Pictured: Coralville Chief of Police Barry Bedford (left) received the 2014 Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Award from the Iowa Police Chiefs Association