WILLIAM "BILL" HENSLEE
Year Inducted: 2013William "Bill" Henslee spent 44 years in law enforcement serving in a variety of positions; highway patrolman, sergeant, Texas Ranger, deputy, captain and chief of police. In addition he served the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for more than 20 years. Prior to beginning his law enforcement career, Bill served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. On February 22, 1949, Henslee graduated from the 14th Texas Highway Patrol Academy, and nine years later was promoted to the Texas Rangers. He was a graduate of the 1966 FBI National Academy. He served as Chief of Police in Norman, Moore, and Edmond, Oklahoma. He held many awards and citations, including awards from two different governors from two different states. During the more than 20 years of service with the Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training, his leadership shined through and helped guide those in the right direction setting the groundwork for the reputation CLEET holds today including developing educational requirements. In addition he was instrumental in increasing mandatory training hours for the CLEET basic academy from 120 to 300 hours. Henslee helped develop a training program for police instructors. He also supported women in law enforcement and trained one of the first female officers in the state while he served as chief in Norman.