Recognizing that the image and perception of the Bureau rests on each employee, TBI emphasizes the continuing and latest training and professionalism of all employees. Therefore, the mission of the Training Division is to provide oversight, guidance, and inspiration through excellence in training and research.
In addition, the Training Division conducts classes for more than 8,500 members of Tennessee law enforcement every year. This includes a wide range of topics including fingerprinting, child sex abuse, prescription fraud, death investigations, human trafficking, and methamphetamine. The Division also spearheads the TBI Basic Criminal Investigation School, which is attended by all special agents as well as members of several other state-level investigative agencies.
The Division also works closely with the Human Resource Unit to provide support in recruitment efforts as well as hosting career fairs that inspire diversity. With the aid of the Human Resource Unit and Professional Standards Unit, the Training Division ensures all TBI management, staff, sub-recipients, contractors, and service beneficiaries meet the provisions of Title VI and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the minimum requirements to be in compliance with its rules, laws, and regulations. Training Division personnel also coordinate and give tours of TBI facilities as requested.
The Uniformed Officer Unit is comprised of 11 commissioned uniformed law enforcement officers who are cross-trained as certified emergency medical technicians capable of providing aid and comfort to sick and injured persons on Bureau properties until additional medical help and emergency transportation arrives. The unit’s primary role, however, is to provide security to TBI facilities, specifically the Nashville headquarters. Occasionally, officers will provide support to Agents in the field with searches or arrest round-ups of wanted criminals.
TBI’s Firearms Program is housed within the Training Division. The program ensures that commissioned Agents are trained to shoot all Bureau-issued weapons in a safe and effective manner. In order to maintain a successful program, the Bureau relies on its retired TBI agents as a supportive resource for TBI firearm instructors across the state.
The TBI Chaplain Program is a volunteer, non-sworn position to support the mission of the TBI in providing a source of strength to law enforcement officers and their families, other department members, and the community. The program supports employees in the handling of crisis situations, comforts victims and their families when accidents occur and criminal incidents are committed, and provides counseling and other ministerial functions that may be needed.