Administration & Instructor Bios

Director

Brian Grisham

Brian Grisham, Esq. has been Director of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA) and Executive Secretary of the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission since April 2005.  Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director since 1997.  He has served as assistant to the commissioner and staff attorney for the Tennessee Department of Safety.

Grisham received his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1989 and his B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University in 1984.  His law enforcement experience includes service with the Department of Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division and MTSU Police Department.  He has been a licensed attorney since 1989 and has training certifications in criminal law, firearms instruction, asset forfeiture, police management, and courtroom security.  He is a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute and the FBI National Law Institute.

In addition to instructional and administrative duties at the academy, he has served as an investigator and legal advisor to the P.O.S.T. Commission.  Outside of these departmental duties, he serves as a member of the Tennessee Public Safety Network providing training and critical incident stress debriefing and peer support and is an advisory board member of CrimeStoppers of Nashville.   In 2011, Grisham was appointed to the Governor’s Subcabinet for Public Safety.  And in 2016, he was appointed President of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST).

 

Assistant Director, Administration

Sam Reed

Education:
Bachelor of Science, Middle Tennessee State University, 1983
Master of Science, Middle Tennessee State University, 1992

Previous Experience:
Tennessee State Parks, 1983-2008

Certifications:
P.O.S.T. Certified Instructor
Emergency Medical Technician License
Firearms Instructor
EVO Instructor

Assistant Director, Training

Ray Farris

Education:
Bachelor of Science, Tennessee Tech University, 1987
J.D., Nashville School of Law, 2000
Tennessee Government Executive Institute, University of Tennessee, 2002
School of Police Staff and Command, Northwestern University, 2008

Previous Experience:
Tennessee State Parks, 1987 - 2003
Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice, 2010 - 2013

Certifications:
Tennessee Law License
On Combat Certification
Courtroom Security
Firearms Instructor
EVOC Instructor
Leadership/Professionalism Instructor

Assistant Director, POST

Ben Wrather

Education:
B.S. from Lambuth University
J.D. from Cumberland School of Law

Previous Experience:
Patrolman, Field Training Officer, Accreditation Manager - Spring Hill PD
Assistant District Attorney General - 22nd Judicial District

Certifications:
Basic Police Instructor
Criminal Law Instructor

Instructor

Trey Clanton

Education:
B.S. in Liberal Studies, Criminal Justice, Health and Safety - MTSU

Previous Experience:
Shelbyville Police Department, 1991-2017
               Supervisor over Crash Team, G.D.I. for Police Department, Field Training Officer Supervisor

Certifications:
Crash Reconstruction
EVOC Instructor thru TLETA and FLETC
Advanced EVOC Instructor thru FLETC
Firearms Instructor
Instructor Development
Master Instructor Development
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor
Surefire Low Light Tactics Instructor
Taser Instructor
TIMS Instructor
Titan Crash Reporting Instructor

Specialties Taught at TLETA:
Crash Investigation
Emergency Vehicle Operations
Low-Light Tactics

Instructor per Spec

Thad Dorris

Education:
B.S. in Criminal Justice
M.S. - Criminal Justice Administration

Previous Experience:
Springfield Police Department, 1997-2016
Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, 1995-1997

Certifications:
EVO Instructor
Firearms Instructor
Below 100 Instructor
Police Cyclist Instructor
RADAR/LIDAR Instructor
Crash Reconstructionist
Master Instructor

Instructor per Spec

Keith Dunn

Education:
BS- Business Management
MS- Administration of Justice and Security

Previous Experience:
Hendersonville Police Department, 2000-2010
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, 1998-2000

Certifications:
EVO Instructor
Firearms Instructor
General Police Instructor
Police Motor Instructor
Police Radar Instructor
PT Instructor (Cooper Institute)
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor

Instructor

Eugene Fitzhugh

Education:
B.S. in Criminal Justice, U. T. Martin

Previous Experience:
Jackson TN Police Department
State Investigations
U. S. Army-Desert Storm

Certifications:
(ASP) Baton & Handcuffing Instructor
Courtroom Procedures
Defensive Tactics
Emergency Vehicle Operations
Firearms
Go-Ju Ryu
Hate & Bias
Latent Fingerprint Processing
Mental Health
PT Instructor (Cooper Institute)
Patrol Crime Scene Investigations
Rural Crime Scene Investigation
Sex Crimes Investigations
Spontaneous Knife Defense Instructor
Terrorism, SWAT

 

Instructor

Shana R. Roberts

Education:
David Lipscomb University
Nashville School of Law

Previous Experience:
Special Agent Criminal Investigator-TBI

Certifications:
Domestic Violence
Emergency Vehicle Operations
Non-Lethal Ammunition
Officer Survival
Simunitions FX
Street Gangs and Youth Violence

Instructor per Spec

Travis Robinson

Education:
B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University, 2012

Previous Experience:
United States Marine Corps, Active Duty Enlisted
Manchester Police Department, Patrol Officer
Military Security Contractor
Rutherford County Sheriff's Department - Patrol Officer, Criminal Interdiction Officer (ICE Unit), SWAT Team Member, Criminal Investigator-Special Enforcement Bureau (Vice Crimes)

Certifications:
Narcotics/Drug Identification Instructor
Physical Training Instructor
Field Training Officer
PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor
Simunition FX Scenario Instructor

Instructor

Mark R. Wills

Education:
Roane State Community College
University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
F.B.I. National Academy Graduate (191st Session)

Previous Experience:
U.S.A.R. - (Active Duty 1981-1985) - Military Police
Lake City Police Dept., Tennessee (1985-1988)
Anderson Co. Sheriff’s Dept., Tennessee (1988-2003)
7th Judicial District Drug Task Force (Assigned 1989-1994)
Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (2003-Present)

Certifications:
Defensive Tactics (Instructor/Trainer)
Domestic Violence Instructor
Edged Weapons (Instructor/Trainer)
Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor
Firearms Instructor
General Police Instructor
Ground Defense (Instructor/Trainer)
K-9 Trainer (Patrol and Narcotics Detection)

Executive Officer

Dale Robinson

Education:
B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University
J.D. from Nashville School of Law

Previous Experience:
Assistant District Attorney - 16th Judicial District
Staff Attorney - Tennessee Department of Safety
Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Supervisor, Swat - Murfreesboro Police Department
Patrolman - Middle Tennessee State University

Certifications:
General Police Instructor
Firearms Instructor
Legal Instructor
COPS Instructor