TENNESSEE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY GRADUATES 20 special agents

Jeff Long, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Friday, Feb. 16, Governor Bill Lee, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long, and Tennessee Office of Homeland Security Deputy Commissioner Greg Mays presented badges to 20 new Tennessee Office of Homeland Security Special Agents in a graduation ceremony at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Nashville.

“Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly continue to invest and support public safety,” said Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long. “Thanks to their commitment, we have recruited some of the finest law enforcement professionals in the nation. I commend each Special Agent for their desire and willingness to serve, secure, and protect Tennesseans.”

With today’s graduating class, the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security has added 57 Special Agents since July 1, 2023, when funding became available. This marks significant progress towards Governor Lee’s goal of having an Office of Homeland Security Special Agent assigned to all 95 counties in Tennessee.

“Special Agents received specialized training to identify and monitor threats and help coordinate information among local law enforcement, schools, and mental health providers to keep our schools and communities safe,” said Tennessee Office of Homeland Security Deputy Commissioner Greg Mays. “Together, we can keep our communities and nation safe. Remember, if you see something, say something.”

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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