Undersheriff Bedford began his law enforcement career in 1987, when he was hired by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. After graduating the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Basic Training in Hutchinson, KS with class #98, he continued his career with the Sheriff’s Office, working in the Detention Bureau. In 1989 Undersheriff Bedford left the Sheriff’s Office, enlisting in the United States Navy.
Upon completion of Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, IL and graduating from Operation Specialist “A” School training in Damn Neck, VA he proceeded to Coronado, CA where he began Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL Training. Undersheriff Bedford successfully completed BUD/S Training, graduating in Class # 168 in July 1990. He then proceeded to SEAL Team 3 in Coronado, CA where he completed three overseas deployments, including participating in Desert Shield / Desert Storm.
In 1997 Undersheriff Bedford was Honorably Discharged from the Navy, returning to Kansas to continue his law enforcement career with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. Upon returning, he worked in the Detention Bureau, Court Security Division and then was transferred to the Traffic & Patrol Division in 1998. Undersheriff Bedford worked as a Patrol Officer until 2005, when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He remained on patrol until 2008, when he was transferred back to the Detention Bureau, striving to guide and mentor Detention officers through the training and experience he had obtained from the Operations Division.
As a Sergeant, Undersheriff Bedford worked in a number of different areas / divisions, to include; Traffic & Patrol, Detention, Court Services, Detention Training Supervisor, Department Training Division. In 2013 Undersheriff Bedford was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, working in a number of different areas to include the Warrants Division, Patrol Division and Investigations Bureau.
Undersheriff Bedford has a significant record of community involvement, to include being an active member with the De Soto VFW Post #6654, VFW District #2 activities, a board member for the NW Consolidated Fire Board, and assisting with youth Baseball, Football and Softball.