Profile - Gordon H. Abraham, Chief of Police

Police Chief Gordon H. Abraham was sworn in as Pleasant Valley, Missouri’s fifteenth Chief of Police on May 16, 2016.

He earned an Associate’s degree at Longview Community College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from Rockhurst University.

Chief Abraham began his law enforcement career in 1975 with Kansas City Missouri Police Department as a Station Clerk, and then worked as a Dispatcher. He changed employers in 1978 and has worked for thirty-eight years for the Independence, Missouri Police Department.

He attended and graduated from the 35th Entrant Class at the Regional Center for Criminal Justice and was commissioned as a Police Officer in 1978. After his commission, he began working in the Patrol Division.  In 1983, he was transferred to the Investigations Unit as a Detective. In 1990, he was transferred to the Support Unit. In August of 1994, Officer Abraham was promoted to the rank of Sergeant supervising in several units including Patrol, Investigations,Drug Enforcement, and the Metro Meth Task Force.

In January of 2001, Gordon was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to the Patrol Division, and in a year and a half was promoted to Captain, in Patrol. In May of 2004, he was promoted to Major and for the next ten years commanded various divisions including Administrative Services, Investigations, and Special Operations. In August of 2014, Major Abraham was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief where he initially commanded the Operations Support Bureau until February of 2016, when he was placed in command of the Field Operations Bureau.

On a personal note, Deputy Chief Abraham has been married to his wife Diana for almost 34 years. Together they have two children, David, who is a Police Officer with IPD, and Jennifer, is a Financial Accountant for Principal Financial. David and his wife, Desiree, also a Police Officer with IPD, have given Police Chief Abraham and Diana two wonderful grandchildren.