Provides security for the First Family, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, and Attorney General. Personnel assigned to the Governor and First Lady provide 24-hour security and travel with them at all times. They also identify visitors frequenting the Executive Residence for tours, meetings, banquets, etc. and escorts visitors to the designated area. The Executive Protection detail also assist the Governor with security at scheduled events ensuring the safest routes, the best mode of transportation, and adequate security essential for protection of the First Family.
Troopers assigned to Capitol Security are responsible for the external and internal security of the State Capitol, Legislative Plaza, War Memorial Building, and Department of Safety Headquarters. These services are also provided for other state owned and leased property within the Capitol Hill complex area and other areas throughout Davidson County.
The Special Operations section of the THP is charged with handling situations outside the normal duties of the Department of Safety. This section consists of specialized units such as the Tactical/Bomb Squad, the Aviation Section, the Canine Unit, and Governor's Task Force on Marijuana Eradication.
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The Research, Planning & Development Division serves every facet in the Department of Safety by providing analytical studies, report preparations and presentations, and grant procurement. Professional Standards also contains sections such as Crash Analysis, C.A.L.E.A., Strategic Planning and Staff Inspections. The TDOS is one of only 16 highway patrols or state police agencies in the nation accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (C.A.L.E.A.). Each year, requirements must be met in order to receive re-accreditation. The Staff Inspection Unit is responsible for conducting periodic inspections of personnel, equipment, facilities, programs, and other elements that focus on the overall operation of the component being inspected.
All of the Department's educational services are located at the Tennessee Department of Safety Training Center. The center serves as the operations hub for the Training Division, Critical Incident Response Team (C.I.R.T.), Ordnance, Safety Education, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT), Motorcycle Rider Education Program (MREP), T.O.S.H.A., Media Production unit, and Facilities Management Sections.
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The C.I.R.T. Unit's principal responsibility is to assist other members of the Department in the investigation and/or reconstruction of motor vehicle traffic crashes. THP personnel staff the Unit and all members receive extensive training in traffic crash investigation. The C.I.R.T. Unit consists of four teams statewide, each covering two of the eight THP districts. A Lieutenant is responsible for overall command of the unit.
Charged with increasing public awareness of highway driver safety, the Safety Education Division develops, promotes, and coordinates a wide range of activities that have in common the advancement of public safety. This division is mandated to regulate commercial driving schools and also provides administrative oversight for the MREP, D.A.R.E., and GREAT programs.
The Support Services Division consolidates several general functions vital to the efficient and effective delivery of services to the entire department. Under this division are Communications, Facilities Management and Building Maintenance, Fleet and Supply.
The Pupil Transportation Section ensures that school children throughout the state are transported safely to and from school. This section is responsible for overseeing all school bus inspections in the state and determining whether or not public school bus systems are in compliance with the safety requirements set forth in the Tennessee Code. Duties include: Bus Driver Training, Bus Inspection, Records Administration, Child Care Vehicle Inspection, and Child Care Driver Training.