Meet the Chief
Chief Lance Combs is a 24 year full time officer of the Shelby Police Department. He served in the Shelby Police Explorer Program in High School and joined the Shelby Police Department Auxiliary shortly after receiving an Honorable Discharge from the 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army in 1990. Chief Combs completed basic police training at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Academy in 1991 and was hired full time with the Shelby Police Department in May of 1992. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August of 1997 and the rank of Captain in March of 2000. He served as Acting Chief of Police from March of 2015, until appointment as Chief of Police in July of 2015.
As an officer and supervisor in the Shelby Police Department, Chief Combs has served in a myriad of assignments, both within the department, and in both multijurisdictional and multidisciplinary roles outside of the Shelby Police Department.
Chief Combs has served as a departmental identification officer, collecting and processing crime scene evidence, a diver and dive team leader of the Shelby Fire Department Specialty Rescue Unit, certified in both scuba and ice rescue. He was a canine handler of a USPCA and OPOTA certified patrol canine, serving until the dog was retired due to Combs’ promotion to Captain. He completed MetroDade SRT training in 1994 and served on the multijurisdictional special weapons and tactics team (ASORT) for approximately 13 years, as an operator, team leader and finally as overall team commander. He has been a firearms instructor since 2003 and also served as an instructor in OC, Chemical Munitions, Specialty Impact Munitions and Distraction Devices. Chief Combs has worked closely with the METRICH Enforcement Unit, and served as MAGLOCLEN access officer, and has also organized and presented a number of drug
awareness meetings in the City of Shelby. He was trained at DEA Headquarters, Marine Corps Base Quantico as a Clandestine Laboratory Officer in 2005, re-attending for additional advanced training courses in Clan Labs. Chief Combs received HazMat Technician certification through Shelby Fire in 2006, and served as a METRICH Clan Lab Officer until 2014, assisting several agencies inside and outside of the METRICH Region identifying and processing clandestine laboratories. He received computer forensic training through Guidance Software, with training sessions completed in Chicago, IL and Washington DC, in the areas of computer and mobile forensics. He was previously assigned to the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force Richland Division and sworn as a Special Deputy of the US Marshal Service. In 2009 Chief Combs was awarded the prestigious Wayne Leon Task Force Officer of the Year, a first for the Richland County Division. He has been selected as the department’s Officer of the Year twice.
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