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Tennessee Highway Patrol Promotes Veteran Trooper to Major

Thursday, June 14, 2012 | 07:34am

NASHVILLE --- Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott today announced the promotion of Danny W. Talley to the rank of major, supervising the agency’s Administrative Bureau. The promotion for Talley, who currently holds the rank of Captain and is commander of the Fall Branch District, is effective July 1.

Prior to serving as Fall Branch District Captain, Talley led the THP’s Criminal Investigations Division as Captain. Throughout his career with the highway patrol, Talley has served several special assignments, including the THP Wolfpack Criminal Interdiction Team, THP Strike Team, U.S. Customs Strike Force, and Presidential Inauguration Detail. He’s also served as a K-9 handler, riot control unit and criminal interdiction unit supervisor, and a firearms instructor.

“Danny brings vast knowledge of special operations, as well as leadership and managerial experience, to this new role,” Colonel Trott said. “The Administrative Bureau oversees the units that handle situations outside the department’s normal duties. As major, Danny will supervise these units and provide advance planning, coordination, and patience for ever-changing emergency situations. He is an asset to the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the citizens of Tennessee,” Trott added.

Talley will supervise the Special Operations Section, including the Aviation Unit, the Capitol Security and Executive Protection Units, Fleet and Support Services, Communications, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security Training Center, Commercial Enforcement Administration, and Safety Education across the state.

Talley became a state trooper in 1987. He started his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Talley is a graduate of Walters State Community College with an associate’s degree in criminal justice. He is currently enrolled at East Tennessee State University earning a bachelor’s degree. Talley is also a graduate of the Virginia Law Enforcement Training Academy, the THP Recruit Training Academy, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development, and the FBI National Academy.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public.  The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.  

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