SDBPOA President Benjamin Kelso is Kelso is serving in his fourth term as President of the San Diego Black Police Officers Association (San Diego Chapter of the National Black Police Association). He previously served as Chapter Secretary from 2006 to 2009 and has been an active member since 1992. He is responsible for the overall operations of the local Chapter keeping compliance with the NBPA while working in partnership with the community. As the local chapter president, Kelso is directly responsible for member recruitment and retention, community relations, budget, and is the organization’s liaison to the Chief of Police.
He holds graduate degrees in Liberal Studies with Organizational Leadership concentration and Professional Studies Criminal Justice concentration from Fort Hays State University, after completing his undergraduate degree, graduating cumma sum laude, at Ashford University. Kelso holds several Associates degrees from Miramar College, graduating with honors in Social and Behavioral Science, Administration of Justice, Contemporary Police Technology, and Law Enforcement Supervision.
President Kelso excels in mentoring, developing high performing working teams, organizational development, critical thinking, situational leadership, critical incident management, and organizational leadership. His previous police assignments include expertise in specialized proactive investigations, and specialized patrol assignments, including SE Crime Suppression Team, Gang Suppression Team, Operation Weed & Seed, Neighborhood Policing Team, Training Division, Juvenile Services Team, DARE, School Safety Patrol, and Police Cadet Program. He is a proud member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated where he currently serves as an executive board member of the Omicron Iota Sigma alumni chapter and is an alumni of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Kelso enjoys working with local youth, coaching high school football, and practicing martial arts. He holds a 5th Degree black belt in taekwondo. Other artistic interests include playing the saxophone and acting. In 2009, Kelso played the role of Homer Broome, the first African American sergeant of LAPD in the video short “First Blood” and played the role of an officer being gunned down in the movie short “Chat” written and produced by Darren Hardaway, Lady of Choice Productions.