NASHVILLE – In a ceremony at TBI Headquarters today, a dozen law enforcement leaders from across the state graduated from the TBI Leadership Academy.

Founded in 2014, the selective two-week academy provides senior law enforcement managers from across Tennessee leadership training from world-renowned speakers on topics including crisis management, presentation skills, proactive leadership strategies, and diversity in law enforcement. The TBI offers the training at no cost to participants or their departments.

Speakers for the 2015 academy included Dr. Jack Enter, Retired Chief Robert White, Mimi Bliss, Dr. Macel Ely, Jack Harris, Dr. Larry Barton, and Shelby County Judge Gina Higgins.

“It is a great privilege for the TBI to provide the necessary tools to enhance leadership skills for law enforcement in the state of Tennessee,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “I feel strongly that the success of any agency is dependent upon strong leadership.”

Those graduating include:

Sheriff Brandon Boone, Clay Co. Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant Craig Capps, White Co. Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant Cleven Davis, Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office
ASAC Cathy Ferguson, TBI
Captain Jeremy Goins, Campbell Co. Sheriff’s Office
ASAC Juan Gomez, Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Lieutenant Rosalind Harrison, Shelby Co. Sheriff’s Office
Captain Richard Lewis, Winchester Police Dept.
ASAC Doug Long, TBI
ASAC Dan Ogle, TBI
Sergeant Melonie Roche, Murfreesboro Police Dept.
ASAC Shelly Smitherman, TBI

2015 Leadership Academy