Officer Kenny Hensley
Officer Kenny Hensley was born in Freeport, Texas and raised mostly in the Houston area. He graduated from J. Frank Dobie High School in 1974 and then enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University prior to joining his father in a family construction business as an estimator. After several years Officer Hensley attended The East Texas Police Academy at Kilgore College and graduated valedictorian of his class.
Hensley’s law enforcement career began at Nacogdoches Police Department where he started as a patrol officer. He was then assigned as a Traffic Investigator before becoming a member of the Neighborhood Enforcement Detail. He was promoted to the Detective Division after only two years of patrol. While a detective he also was named coordinator of the Crime Stopper’ s program winning numerous state awards as well as being named a director for the Citizens’ Police Academy. In 1999 Detective Hensley left the Police Department and began working for The 145th Judicial District Attorney’s Office as an investigator and then Chief Investigator.
He has attended specialized courses at Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M, University of Houston, SW Texas State, Kilgore and Angelina colleges. Hensley is a Master Peace Officer, a Police Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Handwriting Analyst, Forensic Hypnotist and a Hostage Negotiator. In 2006 he was awarded a Professional Criminal Investigator’s certificate from the Texas County and District Attorney’s Association.
He began working for NISD in 2010 and is currently assigned to the Nacogdoches High School Campus. Officer Hensley enjoys his time with family more than anything and his hobbies include fishing, hunting, motorcycles and “tinkering in the shop”. In 2016 Officer Hensley had a book published about his decision to become a police officer entitled “By Choice.”