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Ricky Sawyers

Lieutenant / Investigator / Assistant Adminstrator

Rick Sawyers

    I began my career in law enforcement in 1975 when ljoined the Huntingdon Police Department. l attended the Tennessee Law Inforcement Training Academy in 1976. During my tenure with the Huntingdon Police Department, l was promoted to Sergeant and Police Firearms lnstructor. l was a member of a multi-agency SWAT team and l competed in police pistol combat matches on behalf of the Huntingdon Police Department.…

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Biography

Rick Sawyers

    I began my career in law enforcement in 1975 when ljoined the Huntingdon Police Department. l attended the Tennessee Law Inforcement Training Academy in 1976. During my tenure with the Huntingdon Police Department, l was promoted to Sergeant and Police Firearms lnstructor. l was a member of a multi-agency SWAT team and l competed in police pistol combat matches on behalf of the Huntingdon Police Department. The highlight of my shooting competition was winning the Gold Medal in police combat marksmanship, while participating in the Tennessee Police Olympics.

    l joined the McKenzie Police Department in 2000 and was promoted to Sergeant/Shift Supervisor the next year. In 2002 l established McKenzie‘s first (S.R.T.) Special Response Team. The (S.R.T.) team has been utilized on dozens of high risk incidents, including drug raids, “high risk” fugitive warrants, suicidal persons and barricaded suspects. In 2002 l became the primary Police Firearms Instructor for the department. Later, I was promoted to the position of Criminal Investigator. In January of 2011 l was promoted to rank of Lieutenant.

    My current responsibilities are supervising the Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Enforcement and Patrol Divisions. I am also the primary Criminal Investigator and S.R.T. “Special Response Team” Commander.

During my law enforcement career I have received many hours of specialized training from the FBI T.B.l.. US. Department of Justice, Secret Service and others in the following areas; Crisis Intervention-Conflict Management. Mental Preparation for Armed Confrontations, Special Weapons and Tactics, Active Shooter Response, Case Investigations, High Risk Entries, Less Lethal Weapons, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Investigation.

    I grew up in McKenzie and graduated from McKenzie High School in 1971. Shortly thereafter, I attempted to join the McKenzie Police Department and was told that I was too young.  Later, I received an opportunity to join the Huntingdon Police Department.  After twenty~four years of service with the Huntingdon Police Department, I was given the opportunity to return to my home town and join the McKenzie Police Department.

    After entering the law enforcement profession, I declined several opportunities to accept law enforcement employment in other areas of the country. I wanted to make my career in law enforcement in my home county. It has been a privilege to “Protect & Serve” the citizens of McKenzie and Carroll County during my law enforcement career.

   My son. Eric, also chose a career in law enforcement. He is currently serving with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department as a Sergeant/Shift Supervisor and Training Officer.

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Ryan White

Sergeant / Investigator

I began my career in Law Enforcement with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on April 2, 2001 as a reserve Deputy. l' was then hired on May 29, 2001 by McKenzie Police Department as a part time officer. On July 11, 2001 McKenzie police Department hired me full time and sent me to The Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy on September 2, 2001 and graduated October 26.…

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McKenzie Police DepartmentInvesigations Work 2470 Cedar St McKenzie TN 38201 USA Work Phone: (731)352-2264
Biography

I began my career in Law Enforcement with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on April 2, 2001 as a reserve Deputy. l’ was then hired on May 29, 2001 by McKenzie Police Department as a part time officer. On July 11, 2001 McKenzie police Department hired me full time and sent me to The Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy on September 2, 2001 and graduated October 26. 2001. While working at McKenzie Police Department I have had the opportunity to attend and complete several specialized schools and focus my career on Narcotics investigations.  In 2003 l was promoted to the rank of Corporal and Narcotics officer. In 2011 l was promoted to Sergeant and later moved over to Narcotics Investigator and assigned part time with the 24th Judicial Drug and Violent Crimes Task force and still hold that position within the department. l am also part of the Carroll County Child Protective Investigative Team (C.P.I.T) and a member of the Tennessee Meth Task Force.

While working for McKenzie I had the Opportunity to establish along with the McKenzie Fire Department a program called “Christmas for Kids”, the program allowed us to purchase gifts for hundreds of children in the community and was one of the most touching programs I have ever had the privilege of being a part of. I hold certifications as an instructor in teaching the Defensive Driving course. certified as Clan Lab, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Site Safety Technician and certified in confined space entry. I am also certified in CPR and Radar.

  In January 2004 l was certified as a K-9 handler. In 2005 I was certified with my K-9 partner (Jackson) Through “The National Narcotics Detector Dog Association” and was a member of that organization.

  l have aspirations of finishing my Degree in Criminal Justice and furthering my education and specialized training in Law Enforcement in hopes of advancing in my career and eventually becoming Chief of Police for McKenzie.

 

AWARDS

1. Letter of Commendation from Trezevant Police Department —June 12, 2003
2. Certificate for effects in Drug Enforcement from Senator Don McLeary
3. Certificate of Appreciation from McKenzie Girl Scouts — June 27, 2009

 

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

1.   Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy — September 2- October 26. 2001
2.   Basic Tactical Officer Training — April 22—26, 2002
3.   Methamphetamine investigation Management— October 28—30. 2002
4.   Criminal Street Gangs 1 —January 27—28, 2003
5.   Clan Lab Investigations 1 ——January 29, 2003
6.   K—9 Narcotic Detection Certification —January 16, 2004
7.   Rural Patrol —June 14—16, 2004
8.   Advanced Criminal Interdiction — December 6—9, 2004
9.   National Narcotic Detector Dog Certification — February 2, 2005
10. Clan Lab and WMD and Site Safety Certification — April 18—22, 2005
11. Confined Space Entry— April 22, 2005
12. Standardized Field Sobriety Testing —January 7 – 11, 2008
13. interviewing the Sexual Deviant — May 28-30, 2008
14. Defensive Driving Course Instructor –– September 13. 2010
15. Trends in the Meth Trade/ Street Level interdiction — October 18, 2010
16. Current Drug Trends [Vehicle lnterdiction – October 19. 2010
17. Use of Drug lnformant’s / Surveillance Operations — October 20, 2010
18. Meth Lab Authorized Central Storage Container Training— December 3-4, 2012

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