The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is the highway patrol agency for the U.S. state of Tennessee, responsible for enforcing all federal and state laws relating to traffic on the state's federal and state highways. It is a component of the Department of Safety.

The THP provides assistance to motorists who need help. It investigates traffic accidents involving property damage, personal injury, or death. THP works with prosecutors in the prosecution of cases in which the use of drugs or alcohol contributed to accidents causing personal injury or fatalities. In addition to traffic law enforcement it has responsibilities in criminal interdiction, which involves the suppression of narcotics on the state's roads and highways, including Interstate Highways.

History

The THP was formed in 1929 as a component of the new Tennessee State Police Force, which was patterned after the Texas Rangers.[1]

Organizational structure and personnel

The head of the THP is Colonel Mike Walker, who has served with the organization since 1977.[2] THP field operations are organized geographically into eight districts, each with a district headquarters. The organization also has a substation in each of the state's 95 counties.[3] As of September 2007, the THP was authorized to have up to 947 commissioned officers.[4]

THP's Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division operates five inspection sites around the state. Its enforcement activities include inspections of commercial vehicles and driver logs, highway patrols with a focus on traffic violations by trucks, and weighing of commercial vehicles, both at permanent inspection stations on Interstate highways and with portable scales.[5]

Fallen officers

Since the organization was established, 38 members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol have died in the line of duty.[6]

Officer Date of Death Details
Trooper Charles Hash April 11, 1930 Killed while operating a motorcycle in Memphis
Trooper Walter Jones July 31, 1933 Killed while operating a motorcycle in Nashville
Trooper Lee Lovelace February 3, 1934 Killed in a motorcycle accident
Trooper Clovis Cole May 2, 1934 Killed in a motorcycle accident in Union City
Trooper Ed Kennedy August 22, 1934 Killed in an automobile accident in Crab Orchard
Trooper Lindsey Smith December 17, 1934 Killed by a gunshot wound in Tullahoma
Trooper Earl Hicks June 17, 1936 Killed in a motorcycle accident in Knox County
Trooper Paul Summers August 8, 1936 Killed in a motorcycle accident in Nashville
Trooper Carl Hickman September 15, 1937 Killed in a motorcycle accident in Athens
Trooper Lewis Boone October 18, 1938 Killed in a motorcycle accident in Pigeon Forge
Trooper Charles Gearhiser November 12, 1938 Killed in a motorcycle accident in Dyer County
Trooper William Howard James September 14, 1942 Killed in a motorcycle accident in Murfreesboro
Trooper James Williams January 1, 1943 Killed in a motorcycle accident in Murfreesboro
Trooper William Crutcher August 3, 1944 Killed in a motorcycle accident in Bordeaux
Staff Sergeant Fred Cole Woldrop April 1, 1950 Killed in an automobile accident in Goodlettsville
Sergeant Oliver Devard Williamson April 6, 1952 Killed during a tornado in Brownsville
Trooper Oscar Newton Morris May 9, 1956 Killed by being struck by an automobile
Trooper Raymond Hendon June 3, 1957 Killed in an automobile accident in Smyrna
Trooper Edward Jowers August 3, 1962 Killed in an automobile accident in Memphis
Trooper Kenneth Moore February 2, 1964 Suffered a heart attack
Trooper Joseph Emanuel Dillard September 15, 1964 Killed in an automobile accident in Medina
Trooper William Gordon Barnes January 22, 1966 Killed in an automobile accident
Trooper Michael Theodore Dafferner April 6, 1966 Killed in an automobile accident in Knoxville
Lieutenant Samual W. Gibbs
August 27, 1966
Killed by a gunshot wound in Shelbyville
Trooper Eugene Brakebill October 9, 1966 Suffered a heart attack while in pursuit of a car
Trooper Roy Alford Mynatt February 11, 1968 Killed in an automobile accident in Rockwood
Trooper C. B. Martin May 4, 1969 Killed in an automobile accident in Sparta
Trooper Samuel F. Holcomb, Jr. March 27, 1988 Hit by a vehicle on I-40
Officer Michael Lloyd Rector May 31, 1990 Shot during an undercover investigation
Trooper Douglas Wayne Tripp May 19, 1991 Shot during a traffic stop
Trooper George Van Dorse Holcomb January 26, 1992 Hit by a tractor trailer while at the scene of an accident
Sergeant James David Perry October 3, 1999 Suffered a heart attack while in foot pursuit
Trooper Bobby J. Maples November 5, 1999 Suffered a heart attack while assisting a motorist
Trooper Lynn McCarthy Ross July 26, 2000 Killed when a tractor trailer struck vehicle
Trooper John Gregory Mann January 1, 2001 Struck by a vehicle during a foot pursuit
Trooper John Robert Davis March 17, 2001 Killed in an automobile accident
Trooper Todd Michael Larkins July 8, 2005 Struck by a tractor trailer during a traffic stop
Trooper Calvin Wayne Jenks January 6, 2007 Shot during a traffic stop

References

Contact Information

1150 Foster Avenue
Nashville
TN 37243
Phone: (615) 251-5175

See also

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