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Law enforcement a family affair
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A class of 56 Tennessee state troopers graduated this month. Among those was Shane Ballew, who became a second generation state trooper following in the footsteps of father Sgt. Kevin Ballew.

A second generation state trooper is on the road. 

“I’ve always wanted to be in law enforcement,” said trooper Shane Ballew. “I decided a couple years ago that I wanted to go into state law enforcement.”

A Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department deputy since 2015, Ballew was one of 56 graduates this month of Trooper Cadet Class 1021. The class included five prior law enforcement officers, 14 cadets with prior military service, six cadets with associate’s degrees, 19 cadets with bachelor’s degrees, and one cadet with a master’s degree.

Ballew received his certification from Gov. Bill Lee, commission of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security Jeff Long, and THP Col. Matt Perry. 

Ballew is the second generation of his family to pursue a career in state law enforcement. THP Sgt. Kevin Ballew is stationed in Warren County and began serving with the Highway Patrol in 2000. 

 “My father is a great role model,” said Shane. “I’ve always strived to be as good a person as he is.” 

Shane will be assigned to Van Buren and White counties.

“Watching your son grow as a child and later into the man you had hoped he would be is a tremendous blessing,” said Kevin. “I’m very proud of my son Shane. I know he will serve the Tennessee Highway Patrol with integrity and professionalism.”

THP Sgt. Ronnie Simmons will be his immediate supervisor.