Smith graduates TBI State Academy
Twelve local law enforcement officers from across the state are new
graduates of the TBI State Academy. Among the graduates was Sergeant/
Detective-Narcotics Joshua Smith – Pickett County Sheriff’s Office.
The Academy was created as a professional and specialized training
ground for Tennessee law enforcement officers who desire the
opportunity to expand their education and training in the criminal
justice field. Through the six-week course, attendees learn advanced
investigative techniques, science and strategy; skills they can take
back with them and put into practice at their home agencies.
The TBI State Academy was developed with the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation’s origin, tradition and mission in mind. Coursework
included leadership, constitutional law, communications intelligence
and undercover investigations.
Candidates were nominated by their department heads and selected to
attend. They were required to have five years of experience as a full-
time commissioned officer of a Tennessee law enforcement agency, show
excellent character and a professional reputation. They exhibit an
interest in public service and are committed to remain in law
enforcement for a minimum of three years after the TBI State Academy
A graduate of the TBI State Academy has the opportunity to earn
credits with partner schools Cumberland University and Tennessee
State University. The Academy runs four days a week for six weeks and
is held at Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy in Bell Buckle,
at no cost to attendees.
TBI will begin accepting applications for the 2018 TBI State Academy
in the spring. For more information about the State Academy, go to
our website: http://www.tn.gov/tbi/article/tbi-state-academy.