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Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy

 

Director

Brian Grisham

Bio:

 

Brian Grisham, Esq. has been Director of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA) and Executive Secretary of the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission since April 2005.  Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director since 1997.  He has served as assistant to the commissioner and staff attorney for the Tennessee Department of Safety. 

 

Grisham received his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1989 and his B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University in 1984.  His law enforcement experience includes service with the Department of Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division and MTSU Police Department.  He has been a licensed attorney since 1989 and has training certifications in criminal law, firearms instruction, asset forfeiture, police management, and courtroom security. 

 

In addition to instructional and administrative duties at the academy, he has served as an investigator and legal advisor to the P.O.S.T. Commission. Outside of these departmental duties, serves as a member of the Tennessee Public Safety Network providing training and critical incident stress debriefing and peer support and is an advisory board member of CrimeStoppers of Nashville. 

 

He is a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute and the FBI National Law Institute.  In 2011, Grisham was appointed to the Governor’s Subcabinet for Public Safety.

 

Contact: law.enforcement@tn.gov


 

Assistant Director

Sam Reed

Bio:

 

Education:

Bachelor of Science, Middle Tennessee State University, 1983

Master of Science, Middle Tennessee State University, 1992

 

Previous Experience:

Tennessee State Parks, 1983-2008

 

Certifications:

P.O.S.T. Certified Instructor

Emergency Medical Technician License

Firearms Instructor

EVO Instructor

 

Specialties Taught at TLETA:

Emergency Medical, Patrol, Emergency Vehicle Operation

 

Contact: law.enforcement@tn.gov

Supervisor of Training

Mark Hall

Bio:

 

Education:

 

 

Previous Experience:

Mr. Hall is a 24-year police veteran who is employed as a full time instructor at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Nashville, TN.  He began his career in 1986 at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation where he was assigned to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  As a Special Agent, he worked cases relating to Medicaid Fraud, patient abuse, and drug diversion by Medicaid providers.

 

In 1990, he left the TBI and went to work for Business Risk International.  As a Corporate Security Consultant for BRI, he investigated employee theft, narcotics, embezzlement, and fraud for numerous fortune 500 companies.  He was also responsible for BRI’s electronic countermeasures program.

 

In 1991, he returned to State Law Enforcement as a Special Agent for the Tennessee Department of Revenue.  As a Special Agent, he conducted investigations of taxpayers in violation of the Tennessee Sales and Use Tax Laws relating to sales tax, gambling, and narcotics.  He was assigned to the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication for (3) years and assisted with numerous drug task force investigations during his employment with TDR. He was also a departmental firearms and defensive tactics instructor.

 

In 1997, Mr. Hall gained employment with the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy as a full time instructor. 

 

Certifications:

 

Specialties Taught at TLETA:

Interview and interrogation, drug investigation, and is also assigned to the firing range.  In addition to his teaching assignments at TLETA, Mr. Hall teaches Statement Analysis at the TBI Special Agent School.

 

Contact: mark.hall@tn.gov


 

Instructor

Keith Dunn

Bio:

 

Education:

BS- Business Management

MS- Administration of Justice and Security

 

Previous Experience:

Hendersonville Police Department, 2000-2010

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, 1998-2000

 

Certifications:

EVO Instructor

Firearms Instructor

General Police Instructor

Police Motor Instructor

Police Radar Instructor

PT Instructor (Cooper Institute)

Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor

 

Specialties Taught at TLETA:

Emergency Vehicle Operations

Field Training Officer

Patrol

Police Motorcycles

 

Contact: keith.dunn@tn.gov

Instructor

Eugene Fitzhugh

Bio:

 

Education:

B.S. in Criminal Justice, U. T. Martin

 

Previous Experience:

Jackson TN Police Department

State Investigations

U. S. Army-Desert Storm

 

Certifications:

(ASP) Baton & Handcuffing Instructor

Courtroom Procedures

Defensive Tactics

Emergency Vehicle Operations

Firearms

Go-Ju Ryu

Hate & Bias

Latent Fingerprint Processing

Mental Health

PT Instructor (Cooper Institute)

Patrol Crime Scene Investigations

Rural Crime Scene Investigation

Sex Crimes Investigations

Spontaneous Knife Defense Instructor

Terrorism, SWAT

 

Specialties Taught at TLETA:

Emergency Vehicle Operations

Hate & Bias    

Mental Health

Physical Fitness

Rural Crime Scene Investigations

Sex Crimes Investigations

 

Contact: eugene.fitzhugh@tn.gov


 

Instructor

 

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Specialties Taught at TLETA:

 

 

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Instructor

Philip R. Michael

Bio:

 

Education:

Civilian

BS Criminal Justice, UTM, Martin, TN

AS Criminal Justice, DSCC, Dyersburg, TN

Graduate, Institute of Jewish Christian Studies, ZLM, Dallas, Texas

Military

 

Command and General Staff College ILE

CAS III

OBC and OAC

OCS

USMC Drill Instructor School

 

Previous Experience:

Law Enforcement

Patrol and Training

TLETA: Full Time Instructor since 1997

Military

Various Officer and Enlisted assignments to include:

CDR of the 1/117th Military Police Battalion

MTT Team Chief, Embedded w/Afghan National Police, Kandahar, Afghanistan

CDR, Security Force Augmentees, Operation Noble Eagle - Homeland Security

CDR B Co 230th EN

CDR 913th CSE EN Co

Drill Instructor, USMC, 1st BN B Co, MCRD Parris Island, SC 1974 - 1977

 

Certifications:

General Police Instructor

Firearms Instructor

Man Tracking & Mountain Survival

Training Officer Development

 

Specialties Taught at TLETA:

Patrol Tactics

Firearms

Man Tracking

 

Contact: phillip.michael@tn.gov


 

Instructor

Shana R. Roberts

Bio:

 

Education:

David Lipscomb University

Nashville School of Law

 

Previous Experience:

Special Agent Criminal Investigator-TBI

 

Certifications:

Domestic Violence

Emergency Vehicle Operations

Non-Lethal Ammunition

Officer Survival

Simunitions FX

Street Gangs and Youth Violence

 

Specialties Taught at TLETA:

Cultural Diversity

EVO

Instructor Development

Media Relations

Report Writing

Sexual Harassment

Simunitions FX & Non-Lethal Ammunition

Street Gangs

 

Contact: shana.roberts@tn.gov

Instructor

T. Dale Robinson

Bio:

 

Education

B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University

J.D. from Nashville School of Law 

  

Previous Experience:

Assistant District Attorney - 16th Judicial District

Staff Attorney - Tennessee Department of Safety

Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Supervisor, Swat - Murfreesboro Police Department

Patrolman - Middle Tennessee State University

 

Certifications

General Police Instructor

Firearms Instructor

Legal Instructor

COPS Instructor

 

Specialties Taught at TLETA:  

Legal

Firearms

 

Contact: dale.robinson@tn.gov


 

Instructor

Mark R. Wills

Bio:

 

Education:

Roane State Community College

University of Tennessee  (Knoxville)

F.B.I. National Academy Graduate (191st Session)

 

Previous Experience:

U.S.A.R. - (Active Duty 1981-1985) - Military Police

Lake City Police Dept., Tennessee  (1985-1988)

Anderson Co. Sheriff’s Dept., Tennessee (1988-2003)

7th Judicial District Drug Task Force (Assigned 1989-1994)

Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (2003-Present)

 

Certifications:

Defensive Tactics (Instructor/Trainer)

Domestic Violence Instructor

Edged Weapons (Instructor/Trainer)

Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor

Firearms Instructor

General Police Instructor

Ground Defense (Instructor/Trainer)

K-9 Trainer  (Patrol and Narcotics Detection)

 

Specialties Taught at TLETA:

Domestic Violence

Edged Weapon Defense

Leadership

Use of Force-Defensive Tactics

 

Contact: mark.wills@tn.gov

Instructor

Ben Wrather

Bio:

 

Education:

B.S. from Lambuth University

J.D. from Cumberland School of Law

 

Previous Experience:

Patrolman, Field Training Officer, Accreditation Manager - Spring Hill PD

Assistant District Attorney General - 22nd Judicial District

 

Certifications:

Basic Police Instructor

Criminal Law Instructor

 

Specialties Taught at TLETA:

Legal  

 

Contact:  ben.wrather@tn.gov

 

Administrative Staff

 

 

Accountant 3

Earl Baker

 

Contact: earl.baker@tn.gov

 

Administrative Assistant 1

Kelly Morgan

 

Contact: kelly.morgan@tn.gov

 

Administrative Services Assistant 2

Dean Lewis

 

Contact: dean.lewis@tn.gov

 

Administrative Services Assistant 2

Kim Moss

 

Contact: kimberly.moss@tn.gov

 

Administrative Secretary

Cindy Miller

 

Contact: cindy.miller@tn.gov

 

Administrative Assistant 1

Trish Shepard

 

Contact: patricia.shepard@tn.gov

 

Kitchen Staff

 

 

Kitchen Supervisor

Joe Malone

 

Contact: joe.malone@tn.gov

 

Food Service Worker

Rhonda London

 

 

 

Cook 1

Maurice Batey

 

 

 

Food Service Worker

Lori Bowers

 

 

 

Cook 2

Beth Burdge

 

 

 

Food Service Worker (PT)

Tarris Lewis