NASHVILLE – More than a dozen law enforcement officers from across the state were graduated from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Leadership Academy this month. This is the third class to graduate from the Leadership Academy.

The Academy was created to enhance leadership training for law enforcement executives from across the state. The course is geared toward individuals who already have at least five years of law enforcement experience, and at least three years of supervisory experience. The two-week Academy is hosted at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and is offered at no cost to participants, including meals and lodging.

“We developed this Leadership Academy as a way to provide additional training to law enforcement officers who have already been designated as leaders in their respective agencies and have demonstrated professional integrity in their career,” says TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “We want to provide them additional management and leadership skills that they can then take back and implement in their own agencies.”

Those agencies represented in the 2016 TBI Leadership Academy include: Collierville Police Department, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee State Parks, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Chester County Sheriff’s Office, and Mount Juliet Police Department. Four members of supervision at TBI were also among the graduates of this month’s Academy.

The TBI Training Division conducts classes for more than 8,500 members of Tennessee law enforcement every year. These topics range from fingerprinting, child sex abuse, prescription fraud, death investigations, methamphetamine and human trafficking. The Division also spearheads the TBI Basic Criminal Investigation School which is attended by all Special Agents as well as members of several other state-level investigative agencies.

Law enforcement officers who have an interest in applying for upcoming Leadership Academies can learn more about the requirements and fill out the application on the TBI website: .