McMinnville Police Department had one of its own in the first class of law enforcement officers to graduate from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation State Academy.
In the class was detective Todd Rowland.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Rowland. “It was also a lot of hard work. It was a small class. They used a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. We would go over a topic, then do it.”
Individuals have to be recommended for the class, have at least five years experience as a full-time commissioned officer of a Tennessee law enforcement agency, be of excellent character, and have a solid professional reputation. They also have to exhibit an interest in public service and are committed to remain in law enforcement for a minimum of three years after TBI State Academy graduation.
Rowland was nominated for the class by McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton.
“Todd is one of our up and coming detectives,” said Denton. “I thought his career would benefit from the program.”
Created as a professional and prestigious training ground for Tennessee law enforcement officers who long for the opportunity to expand their education and training in the criminal justice field, the academy was developed with the TBI’s origin, tradition and mission in mind and is geared toward advancing techniques, science and strategy for the law enforcement community.
Graduates of the academy have the opportunity to earn nine undergraduate or six graduate semester hours toward a degree at Bethel University’s College of Criminal Justice. Some of the course work offered during the class included leadership, constitutional law, communications intelligence and undercover investigations.
Despite the advancement in education, Rowland says he has no plans to advance past being a detective.
“I’ve very happy with being a detective,” he said. “I enjoy the fine details in putting a case together. I like following a lead, and I get gratification in solving a case. I’m right where I want to be.”
The academy is a five-day-a-week commitment for six weeks and is offered in Bell Buckle at no cost to attendees.