Lori Bullard was named Assistant Commissioner of Driver Services in August 2011. Assistant Commissioner Bullard oversees the daily operations of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s 50 driver service centers across Tennessee.
Assistant Commissioner Bullard is a 25-year veteran of the Memphis Police Department. She most recently held the rank of Colonel and was the commander of the Union Station Precinct in midtown Memphis. She started her career as a Memphis police officer in 1986, and was assigned to the Metro Narcotics Unit after graduation from the Memphis Police Academy. She was also one of the first six officers to start a community policing program. In 1995, she was promoted to sergeant and was appointed as an instructor at the Training Academy. During this time, she coordinated In-Service Training, Basic Recruit Training and Specialized Schools and managed 119 Field Training Officers.
In 2002, Bullard was promoted to Lieutenant and remained at the academy in a leadership role until 2002, when she was assigned to MPD’s Special Operations Unit as a supervisor of the Mounted Patrol Unit. As Lieutenant, she held other supervisory positions with various units including Uniform Patrol, Robbery, Felony Assault, and Crime Scene Investigation. In 2008, Bullard was promoted to Major assigned to a precinct where she supervised officers, and eventually served as an acting Lieutenant Colonel, responsible for the daily operations of the precinct.
After a brief assignment back at the Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Bullard was named commander of the Memphis Police Training Academy. As commander of the academy, she supervised all instructors, managed all aspects of training, and daily operations. In April 2010, she was promoted to the rank of Colonel and was assigned commander of the Union Station Precinct. In this role, Bullard managed the precinct budget and all personnel. She oversaw all field operations of the precinct, handled citizen complaints, and conducted administrative hearings.
In addition to being an instructor at the Memphis Police Training Academy throughout her career, Bullard also has been an instructor at the Mid-South Training Institute, conducted classes for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and currently conducts supervision and leadership classes for Investigative Techniques Unlimited.
Lori Bullard is a graduate of The University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Criminal Justice. She earned a Master of Arts in Education degree from Union University. She has completed hundreds of hours of criminal justice training and is a member of several professional law enforcement organizations, including Fraternal Order of Police and Tennessee Association Chiefs of Police.