Statutory Responsibilities

Under Tennessee law, the TBI has the authority to investigate any criminal violation upon the request of a District Attorney General for the judicial district in which the offense occurred. Under certain circumstances, TBI Agents may also be requested to investigate corruption, judicial misconduct, Social Security fraud and other offenses, in addition to the backgrounds of potential appointees to sensitive state positions.

The TBI has original jurisdiction, under Tennessee law, to investigate the following crimes without a formal request: fugitives from justice, Medicaid fraud, victimization of children by computer or other electronic device, organized crime activities, narcotics and drug violations, employees or prospective employees of the Bureau or Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and investigations pertaining to domestic terrorism that the Bureau receives under a government information security classification.