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Training Center

Training Center
Captain Steven Lowery

Captain Wesley Stafford
283 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 232-2901

The Tennessee Department of Safety Training Center is under the tutelage of the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) for its commissioned officers, and is CALEA accredited.

The Tennessee Department of Safety Training Center was established in 1998. The Training Center houses classrooms, a computer lab, administration offices, dorm rooms, a kitchen and cafeteria, fitness center/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.

The Training Center hosts the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. The 10 week Staff and Command course offers high level training for middle management and organization leaders in the law enforcement arena. The classes are taught by instructors from Northwestern with students from across the United States.

The Tennessee Department of Safety Training Center is responsible for all activities pertaining to firearms regarding the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. The Training Division maintains records on all departmental firearms training. Annually the Training Division conducts firearms recertification training for the Departments over 800 commissioned personnel. The Training Center conducts specialized firearms training classes and training for retired members in accordance with the Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act (LEOSA).

Trooper Cadet School

The Department of Safety Training Center staff conducts Trooper Cadet training academies. The Trooper Cadet training academy prepares Trooper Cadets for life as a member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. While attending the training academy Trooper Cadets are required to stay on campus Sunday night thru Friday afternoon during the academy. Trooper Cadets will receive over 900 hours of instruction in topics ranging from human relations, patrol procedures, civil law and criminal law. Upon graduation the Trooper Cadets advance to the field training program for a minimum of 10 weeks. Throughout the training a high priority is also placed on the core values of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

THP is highly active in D.A.R.E. -- the international program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. 

The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by law enforcement officers whose training and experience provides them with the knowledge and insight to best address the topic with kids. To schedule a D.A.R.E. presentation for your school, please contact the D.A.R.E. Program Facilitator Sergeant Kasey Fitts at 615-232-2912 or via email.

Additionally, THP's D.A.R.E program provides all training for law enforcement in Tennessee.  The basic training includes 80 hours of instruction.  For more information, please contact Sergeant Kasey Fitts at 615-232-2912 or via email.

Sgt. Scott E. Staggs

D.A.R.E. Sergeant
Sergeant Kasey Fitts
(615) 232-2912
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