Nebraska Authors

Tim Dempsey

Died 2016
Omaha, NE (USA)

Dempsey, who had a multifaceted 30 year career in law enforcement, was inducted into the Police Officers’ Association of Nebraska Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2007 the Nebraska Police Chiefs Association named him police chief of the year, while he served as Elkhorn's police chief and sought to save the jobs of his officers as Omaha annexed the smaller community that same year. He wrote two non-fiction books on the history of local law enforcement and a law-enforcement based novel.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Crime and Criminals; Law Enforcement; Police Officers and Sheriffs; Novels


Omaha Central High School
BS in Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska-Omaha
M.P.A. in Public Administration, University of Nebraska-Omaha


Law Enforcement
College Instructor

Places Worked

Douglas County, NE Sheriff's Department
Elkhorn, NE Police Department
Adjunct instructor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, College of Saint Mary, and MCC.


Nebraska Law Enforcement Hall of Fame (2004)
Police Chief of the Year (2007)


In retirement, Dempsey served on numerous community boards:
Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors
Nebraska State Crime Commission
Juvenile Justice Coalition
Douglas County Sheriff's Merit Commission
Nebraska Office of Violence Prevention


Well I’ll Be Hanged: Early Capital Punishment in Nebraska. 2014.
Rules Are Made to Be Broken: An Anecdotal History of the Douglas County Jail. 2012.
Dream Scheme. 2009.

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