From Staff Reports
Dennis Goins will now wear the golden bars of a captain, after being selected by Sheriff Eric Watson to oversee Bradley County Sheriff Office’s Patrol Division.
Goins, who most recently served as patrol lieutenant, now leads patrol services which incorporate;
• Four Patrol Shifts which incorporate eight supervisors and 40 deputies who answer calls for service from the Bradley County 911 Center and also patrol streets within Bradley County to deter crime
• Public Safety Unit which incorporate two supervisors and six deputies who are responsible for traffic enforcement and education, in addition to collision investigation
• School Resource Officer Unit which incorporate two supervisors and 15 school resource officers who provide a safe and secure learning environment for every school within Bradley County Schools, and also instruct DARE to fifth-graders at all elementary schools
• SWAT which incorporate 11 deputies who are highly trained to handle highrisk operations
• Marine Unit which incorporate two deputies tasked with patrolling waterways, enforcing boating laws, and conducting routine boat safety inspections
• Honor Guard which incorporate eight deputies who provide the presentation of colors at events, and also provide funeral honors during law-enforcement officers’ funerals
• K-9 Unit which incorporate eight highly trained canines with the ability to assist in person searches, apprehension, and narcotic detection
• Motorcycle Unit which incorporate 2 deputies who operate highly equipped
Harley Davidson Police Ultra Glides with 1,690cc twin cam engines that are used for traffic enforcement and escorts during ceremonial events
Goins began his duties as captain Sept. 1, replacing Capt. Wayne White, who recently retired.
During the 29 years of service at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Goins has served and held numerous supervisory roles within the Patrol Division, Drug Unit, and elsewhere.
Suppression Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, Motorcycle Unit, Bicycle Unit, Community Policing Program, Physical Fitness Advisor Team, and Crisis Negotiations Team. For more than 20 years Goins has served on the SWAT team in all aspects of the unit, from Entry Team to Commander.
Goins was the first deputy at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office to attend and complete the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Va., where he received 10 weeks of advanced instruction in several areas of criminal justice. Additionally, Goins has attended and successfully completed various certification schools to include;
• U.S. Customs Service: (Blue Lightning Cross Training School)
• DEA/EPIC Pipeline Interdiction Training
• Incident Command System: Generic
• Response to Terrorist Bombing Level I & II
• Criminal Intelligence and Investigations of Dangerous Motorcycle Gangs
• Forensic Anthropology of Skeletal Remains
• Threat and Vulnerability Assessment
• Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation
• At Scene Traffic Crash: Traffic Homicide Investigation
• Emergency Response to Terrorism
• Managing Search Operations
• Basic SWAT School
Goins has also successfully completed the Instructor Development Course, and received additional certifications to train law-enforcement officers in Firearms, Officer Survival, and Physical Fitness.
Watson stated, “I’m confident that in his new capacity, Captain Goins will continue to lead the great men and women who incorporate the Patrol Services Division. He has been an asset to the sheriff’s office for many years. His vast experience will be of great value in his new role to help achieve our agency’s mission of protecting the community and reducing criminal activity.”
Goins has lived in Cleveland for the past 48 years, and he said he and his wife, Deanna, are proud of their children and grandchildren, who are also Cleveland residents.
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