Chief Travis Forbes began his career in law enforcement on May 14th, 1992, with the Independence Missouri Police Department. He attended the 84th Kansas City Regional Police Academy class and graduated as Valedictorian.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Park University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Human Resources. He was also selected by the university as most outstanding student for the Independence campus.
Chief Forbes went on to earn his Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2004. He was one of three graduates selected for the national Public Administration Honors Society, Pi Alpha Alpha.
He is also a 2007 graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. He authored the criminal justice textbook “The Investigation of Crime,” published in 2008. His career includes work in patrol, investigations, narcotics, special operations, and administration.
Chief Forbes has had numerous letters of appreciation, commendations, and awards throughout his career, and was selected Officer of the
Month twice for the Independence Missouri Police Department. He was also selected as the City of Independence Employee of the Month during his tenure as a Major.
The Investigations Unit received a Special Unit Citation in 2005 while under his command.
He was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri in September of 2014. He is currently the Vice Chair for the Jackson County Drug Task Force. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Missouri Police Chiefs Association, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Chiefs Association.
His father is the current Chief of Police in Lone Jack, Missouri, after retiring from the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. His grandfather was with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.