283 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
The Training Center is under the tutelage of the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) for its commissioned officers, and is CALEA accredited.
Established with the department in 1998, the Training Center houses classrooms, a computer lab, administration offices, dorm rooms, a kitchen and cafeteria, fitness, gym, TIMS track, and a shoot house. The Training Center offers classes to commissioned and non-commissioned employees and plays host to special events, including department promotions and ceremonies.
Training courses offered at the TDOS Training Center include Title VI, firearms, basic Haz-Mat, post-crash, dispatcher certification, fraudulent documents, CMV, Diversity, Respectful Workplace, Driver’s License, Active Shooter and Homeland Security.
Northwestern University conducts its School of Police Staff and Command Class at the department’s Training Center. The classes are taught by instructors from Northwestern with students from across the United States.
The department’s Training Center staff conducts Trooper Cadet School in training and preparing the cadets for life as a member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Cadets are required to stay on campus throughout the 20 week academy where they will receive over 800 hours of instruction with topics ranging from human relations, patrol procedures, civil law and criminal law. The recruits then advance to a minimum of 10 weeks of field training. Throughout the training a high priority is also placed on the core values of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Ordnance is responsible for all activities pertaining to firearms for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. This unit maintains records on all departmental firearms and places state numbers on all firearms in departmental inventory. Ordnance repairs departmental weapons as needed, maintains and destroys seized weapons, and keeps corresponding seizure records obtained by the department as a result of confiscation or criminal prosecution. The staff also generates the required specifications for all the department’s weapons and ammunition and evaluates and tests gun holsters and ballistic vests.
Throughout the year, Ordnance conducts qualification activities during THP In-service training and organizes specialized schools for the Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act (LEOSA).
The Department of Safety’s Communication Coordinator is in charge of the development, implementation, and training instruction for dispatch personnel and instructs commissioned personnel on the use of the I-Mobile software on their Mobile Data Terminals. In addition, the Communications Coordinator sets standards for training on the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to ensure that correct information is gathered and disseminated. The Communications Coordinator trains all Department of Safety members on issues relating to the Tennessee Information Enforcement System (TIES) terminal and its use.
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