Captain Mark Stanford
Captain Stanford, a second generation Tennessee State Trooper, began his career in law enforcement with the Lexington Police Department in January 1981 and worked there until mid-year of 1983. He then began working with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, achieving the rank of Sergeant. He resigned from his duties in June 1984 to begin his career with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in July 1984. After his graduation, Stanford was assigned to a road assignment in Hardin County in the Jackson District. In 1988 Stanford was transferred to Henderson County in the Jackson District where he worked until he was promoted into the Criminal Investigation Division in October 1991. Stanford has held the rank of Investigator/Special Agent (SA), Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) and Special Agent in Charge (SAC). Stanford currently holds the rank of Captain in the Special Investigation Bureau and has statewide charge of uniformed Investigators in the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and Interdiction Plus (I-Plus) a criminal patrol unit.
Stanford is a retired member of the Tennessee Army National Guard and served in the 779 Maintenance Company. His tenure lasted twenty-two (22) years before retiring in 2003.
Stanford is a graduate of North Western Police Staff and Command, North Florida University Crash Reconstruction, and other numerous specialized schools within the realm of Criminal Investigations.