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Department of Safety and Homeland Security Releases Statement on Ruling Issued by U.S. District Judge Trauger NASHVILLE --- The Department of Safety and Homeland Security has received the order. It will stop suspensions of licenses, as the Court requires, and it will promptly review the balance of the order to determine the appropriate next steps. Please be patient as we work through this process.

Colonel Dereck Stewart

Lt. Colonel Dereck Stewart

Colonel Dereck Stewart began his career with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1987 as a road Trooper in Montgomery County, where he spent seven and a half years before transferring to the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy to teach basic training to police and sheriff recruits. From there he went on to join the THP Training Academy Staff in 1995, where he was promoted to Sergeant, and later to Lieutenant serving as Assistant Director of Training. He was promoted to Captain in 2004 and led the Internal Affairs Unit until transferring to the Director’s position in the Research, Planning and Development Division for the department. In September 2010, he was promoted to Major and Executive Officer for Colonel Tracy Trott until August 2011, when he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel over the Administrative Support Bureau. For the latter portion of his time as Lieutenant Colonel, he was commander of the Field Operations Bureau where he was responsible for day-to-day operations of all field personnel for the THP. He was promoted to Colonel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol in May, 2018. Colonel Stewart is a certified police instructor. He is a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute, LEAD Tennessee, and the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Session 39 of the FBI National Executive Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University and is married to his wife Cynthia with two children, Jada and Dereck II.