Planning and Research

The Planning, Research & Crime Analysis section serves the department by analyzing crime trends and patterns to aid in crime solving and proactive police activities. This section also analyzes staffing needs, prepares grant proposals, researches special areas of interest, develops reports, maintains Texas Police Chief's Association recognition, as well as a wide variety of other tasks.

Lieutenant Ben Kemper currently serves as the Lieutenant over the Support Services Division of the Police Department.

Lieutenant Ben Kemper is from Rapid City, South Dakota. He is the son of an Air Force helicopter pilot and parents who served as Southern Baptist Missionaries. He spent most of his childhood moving around the country and Central America. At the age of 13, his family moved to Longview where he attended and graduated from Longview High School in 1993. Kemper went on to graduate for Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement Police Science with a minor in Spanish. He is also a graduate of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration’s 48th management college.
Prior to joining the Longview Police Department, Lieutenant Kemper was the co-owner of a successful landscaping business in East Texas. 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 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 where he served until October 2010. Lieutenant Kemper then transferred to the Special Investigations and Apprehension Unit.
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, Criminal Investigations Bureau, and currently serves as the Lt. over the Police Operations Support Bureau.