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Chief of Police

Reno-Tahoe International Airport
2001 E. Plumb Lane
Reno, Nevada 89502
United States

Company Description: The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority is the owner and operator of the Reno-Tahoe International and Reno-Stead Airports. It is governed by a nine member Board of...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Chief of Public Safety
    Memphis International Airport
  • President of the Tennessee Chapter
    FBI National Academy Associates
  • President of the Tennessee Chapter
    Memphis Metropolitan Association

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Large

Education

  • Bachelor of Science Degree , Law Enforcement
    Chadwick University
Web References
Sheriffs and Chiefs Association
www.nvsca.com, 29 Dec 2013 [cached]
Robert Vester
...
Robert Vester, Chief
Board Member At Large
Reno-Tahoe International Airport
775-328-6471
rvester@renoairport.com
Chief Robert Vester is currently the Chief of Police of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. He has 25 years of law enforcement experience. Prior to his current position he was with the Memphis International Airport Police, where he rose through the ranks to become the Chief of Public Safety. Robert was the first African American to serve in the positions of Lieutenant up to Chief with his former agency and in his current position with the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
Robert is a graduate of Chadwick University, Birmingham, Alabama, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement. Throughout his career Robert has received extensive training and graduated from such institutions as the FBI National Academy 187th Session, Secret Service Dignitary Protection School.
He is the past President of the Tennessee Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates and the Memphis Metropolitan Association Chiefs of Police.
M.A.P.D. - Chief's Greeting
www.memphisairport.org, 5 Sept 2006 [cached]
Robert Vester
Chief of Public Safety
Memphis International Airport Notes
www.memphisairport.org, 1 Feb 2009 [cached]
Memphis International's Police Department led by Chief Robert Vester was ranked 3rd in the Government: Ports & Terminals category.
Street Talk - 2006-01-02
memphis.bizjournals.com, 2 Jan 2006 [cached]
"Dogs can work for 30-45 minutes at a time looking for explosives," says airport chief of public safety Robert Vester."Then they get hot and lose focus."
That's why the dogs need frequent naps.The Memphis airport canine unit, run by the airport police, has been making dogs more visible during the holiday season, Vester says.
"There are increased patrols and training in public areas," he says."The dogs can be seen at parking lots, terminals, curbsides and baggage areas."
So, whatever you do, don't show up at the airport with clothes or shoes you wore for a recent lawn fertilizing session, because fertilizers contain nitrate, which is also used to prepare explosives.
"The dogs will hit on you," Vester says."You'll then be checked and interviewed."
Vester declined to disclose the number of dogs working at the airport, but says the canine unit employs three breeds: German shepherd, Belgian shepherd and Labrador.All previously trained under the supervision of the Transportation Security Authority at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, the dogs are usually friendly, but passengers are better off not messing with Texas.
"They're trained to be non-aggressive," Vester says.
M.A.P.D. - Email & Phone #s
www.memphisairport.org, 5 Sept 2006 [cached]
Chief Robert Vester (901) 922-8787
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