Topic: Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
Nashville, TN – Following a public health alert update last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on increased risk of overdose and fatalities associated with Fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills and compounds, commissioners and directors from four Tennessee departments are urging the public to have increased awareness about the substance.
“Booze It & Lose It” Sweeps Tennessee to Prevent Alcohol-Related Crashes
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase DUI enforcement across Tennessee from August 19th to Labor Day as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s nationwide mobilization against drunk driving.
In 2015, Tennessee lost 239 lives to alcohol-related traffic crashes, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s TITAN Division. Thus far in 2016, Tennessee has experienced 118 alcohol-related fatalities.
Purkey Has Served as Homeland Security Advisor for Past Five Years
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the appointment of David Purkey as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security beginning September 1st, 2016.
Purkey, 57, has served as the department’s assistant commissioner and homeland security advisor since 2011. Under his leadership, the Office of Homeland Security has transformed into a proactive agency, overseeing school security plans, training citizens and law enforcement agencies in active shooter response, and leading the state’s efforts to combat cybercrime.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is announcing it will soon begin accepting applications for the next Trooper Cadet Academy. Men and women interested in a career as a state trooper can begin the application process online only, beginning at 12:01am on Wednesday, August 3rd, through 11:59pm Tuesday, August 16th.
The THP anticipates the agility test and interview appointments to begin mid-September, at the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Training Center. Individuals interested in applying for the position of state trooper must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. Citizen and have a high school diploma or equivalent. No applicants with felony convictions will be considered.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Named Top State Police/Highway Patrol in the Nation by the International Association of Chiefs of Police
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Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) wanted to share some positive news about the THP.
We are proud to announce that THP was named the “First Place Winner” in Highway Patrol/State Police agency category consisting of 501-1500 troopers in the nation for 2016. Additionally, THP received two awards in “Traffic Incident Management and Technology”.
The THP recently competed in an annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Challenge by presenting programs and results of public safety efforts.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) K-9 program received a new patrol dog to aid in the protection and service of Tennessee. The new K-9 was donated to the THP by Ali Hemyari with Nashville K-9, LLC. The K-9 is a three-year-old German Shepherd, named Tage, and was previously trained by the Swiss Police to be a Patrol Dog.
“This is just a tremendous opportunity for the THP to be able to perform at an even higher level of capability,” Colonel Tracy Trott said. “The number one goal of the THP is to protect the citizens of Tennessee and this patrol dog will help us to do just that.”
Memphis, TN – On May 20th, Trooper Owen Grear of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s (THP) Memphis District Interdiction Plus Unit (IPU) initiated a traffic stop that led to the discovery of approximately 116lbs of marijuana, and the arrest of an Arizona woman on felony drug charges.
Trooper Grear stopped a 2006, Dodge Caravan for a traffic violation on Interstate 40 at mile marker 26 in Shelby County. As Trooper Grear made contact with the vehicle and the driver Karla D. Munoz, 23, of Phoenix, AZ, he observed a five-year-old child in the far rear seat lying down and unrestrained.
Holiday Travelers won’t be Delayed by Road Construction
Nashville, TN – Motorists won’t be slowed down by road construction as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00noon on Friday, May 27th through 6:00am on Tuesday, May 31st.
This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.
Clarksville Police Department celebrates 30 years of Seat Belt Enforcement during National “Click it or Ticket” campaign
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to increase seat belt enforcement from May 23rd to June 5th, surrounding of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
“If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” said Lt. Philip Ashby. “The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job. There is no good excuse for not wearing a seat belt.”
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security commissioner has led public safety subcabinet
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons will leave the administration at the end of the summer.
Gibbons has led the department since the start of the administration in 2011 and has also served as the chair of the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet.
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