Intelligence-led policing is a concept which the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is bringing on board.
“When I was elected Sheriff, my stated goal was to lead a unified professional department, dedicated to keeping our residents safe. I knew from my 37 years in the local criminal justice community there would be many challenges.
“Among them would be the culture of hiring practices based on political expedience rather than seeking the best candidate for the job, or as some would say, ’who’ you know rather than “‘what’ you know,” Ruth said after announcing promotion of David Shoemaker to captain of the Criminal Investigations Division, John Stone to captain of the Patrol Divsion and captain Bill Dyer in the Judicial and Corrections Division. Capt. W.G. Campbell was shifted to head up Special Operations.
“To achieve goals, we knew we must be focused — sharing the same goals, not distracted by division or strife within our ranks,” Ruth said.
“We realized we must be professional at all times, ever mindful of the need to honor our Oath of Office and hold sacred the trust of the people to keep information secure and uncompromised while fulfilling our duties. We know we must have unquestioned integrity — never compromising our honesty or ethics. We’ve had to discipline, correct and sometimes terminate in our attempts to be the best we can for the people of Bradley County. This is always difficult but always necessary,” he added.
n Shoemaker, Stone and Campbell are held in high regard and greatly respected by their peers and the criminal justice community, Ruth said.
“It’s been said that good leadership takes courage. It takes tough decisions. When selecting leaders or commanders, I’ve learned one of the major factors to consider is their reputation. Those we’ve chosen to command our Law Enforcement Division have earned a reputation of unquestioned integrity, true dedication and of being committed professionals,” Ruth said.
Shoemaker, a native of Bradley County, began his law enforcement career in 1998 with the Atlanta Police Department.
While there, Shoemaker distinguished himself both as a patrol officer and as an investigator, with many notable cases including multi-state auto theft rings and high-level drug and criminal conspiracies.
In 2004, Shoemaker came home to Cleveland and joined the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. He has served as detective in Narcotics and in Crimes Against Persons and Property, detective sergeant and detective lieutenant.
Since joining the BCSO, he has investigated and directed many homicides and other criminal cases. He has extensive training in Law Enforcement Management, homicide Investigations, child death investigations, and many other fields of law enforcement.
Shoemaker, 39, is married and has two sons, ages 6 and 9.
n Stone is also a native of Bradley County and a 16-year veteran of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. Beginning with the BCSO in 1997, Stone has served as patrol deputy, SRO, detective sergeant, detective lieutenant and SWAT commander.
Stone has distinguished himself in each area of assignment. He has investigated and directed others in homicides, drug conspiracies and other major criminal cases.
He graduated from Bradley Central High and has completed most of his studies for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Stone has extensive training in the field including Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Terrorism, Homicide, Tactical Command, Criminal Intelligence, Firearms, Advanced Sniper and SWAT Command.
Stone will command the Sheriff’s Patrol Division, the Reserve Unit, S.T.A.R. Team and SWAT Team. Stone is married with a son, age 3.
Both Stone and Shoemaker are candidates for the FBI’s National Academy, according to Ruth.
n Campbell supervises the Special Operations Division of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. He oversees the Traffic Unit, the SRO Unit, the Public Service Unit, Marine Patrol and Special Events.
Beginning his career in 1991 as a reserve deputy and later became a full-time member of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in March 1994.
Campbell is a graduate of Bradley Central High School, as well as a graduate of the University of Tennessee Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy.
He has completed specialized training on numerous aspects of law enforcement and is a certified Police Instructor on crash investigations and DUI. Under his leadership, the Traffic Unit has received recognition for being among the best in the state while also receiving national recognition for their work in traffic and DUI enforcement.
Campbell is one of three law enforcement officers in Tennessee to fulfill the rigid requirements for ACTAR (Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction) Certification. ACTAR is a nationally renowned certification program for crash investigation and reconstruction for which Campbell is a recognized expert.
Named Supervisor of the Year in 2005, Campbell received the Sheriff’s Career Excellence Award in 2010. He also commands an SRO program recognized as one of the very best in the state.
Campbell, 44, has been married for 22 years to his wife, Lisa. They have three children; two in college and one in high school.
n Dyer, who has over 27 years of service with the sheriff’s office, began his career as a volunteer reserve patrol deputy sheriff before accepting a full-time position as a correctional deputy at the Bradley County Jail in 1986.
He later transferred to the patrol division where, in addition to his regular duties, he served as a member of the SWAT team.
During his career, Dyer has held supervisory and command positions throughout the sheriff’s office and has been awarded the BCSO Medal of Valor, Meritorious Service and the Medal of Heroism.
Dyer is a graduate of the Tennessee Corrections Institute basic training program and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. He is also a graduate of the 226 Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Training Academy and the 56th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Development Program located in Quantico, Va.
These prestigious training programs provide some of the most advanced modern law enforcement administration training available in the United States.
Dyer continued his law enforcement executive training by completing the 3rd Session of the University of Tennessee/ Law Enforcement Innovation Center Southeastern Command & Leadership Academy, the University of Tennessee Local Government Leadership Program, Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy Newly Elected Sheriff’s School and received the University of Virginia Criminal Justice Education Achievement Certificate.
He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service County Officials Certificate Training Program and holds the designation as a Certified Public Administrator. He has also completed numerous other training programs in a variety of law enforcement areas during his service to Bradley County.
Dyer has earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration and graduated with high honors and is currently completing a master of business administration degree in public administration.
“We have chosen these younger but mature and educated people who will bring a great deal of energy in our proactive approach to preventing crime through Intelligence-led policing,” said Chief Deputy Wayne Bird.
“Our deputies will be in the communities learning about its residents and helping them resolve their problems if problems may arise.”