TBI State Academy graduates annual class

Story by Kristen Helm, TBI

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today graduated its annual class of local law enforcement officers who attended and completed the annual TBI State Academy.

The TBI State Academy was created as a professional and prestigious training ground for Tennessee law enforcement officers who long for the opportunity to expand their education and training in the criminal justice field. The TBI State Academy was developed with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s origin, tradition and mission in mind and is geared toward advancing techniques, science and strategy for the law enforcement community. Some of the coursework included about leadership, constitutional law, communications intelligence and undercover investigations.

A graduate of the TBI State Academy has the opportunity to earn nine undergraduate or six graduate semester hours toward a degree at Bethel University’s College of Criminal Justice. It was a five day a week commitment for six weeks and is held at Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy in Bell Buckle, Tenn., at no cost to attendees.

Candidates were nominated by their department heads and selected to attend. They were required to have five years of experience as a full-time commissioned officer of a Tennessee law enforcement agency, show excellent character and a professional reputation. They exhibit an interest in public service and are committed to remain in law enforcement for a minimum of three years after the TBI State Academy graduation.

2013 TBI State Academy Graduates

Detective Timothy Anderson, Clarksville Police Department
Detective David Beard, Williamson County Sheriff’s Department
Sergeant Vatisha Evans Barken, Madison County Sheriff’s Department
Detective Katharine Cooper, Collegedale Police Department
Sergeant Mark Crook, Ripley Police Department
Investigator Dewayne Gray, Rockwood Police Department
Detective Neal Harris, Hendersonville Police Department
Captain Robert Johnson, Marshall County Sheriff’s office
Detective Justin Ramsey, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department
Officer Carl Selph, Dover Police Department
Detective Monica Swayze, Kingsport Police Department
Detective Sergeant Heith Willis, Athens Police Department

TBI will begin accepting applications for the 2014 TBI State Academy in the spring.