May and Chastain promoted to patrol lieutenant, sergeant

From Staff Reports
Posted 8/26/17

Two deputies were promoted this week to the ranks of lieutenant and sergeant in the Patrol Division at Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Yvonne May was promoted from patrol sergeant to patrol …

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May and Chastain promoted to patrol lieutenant, sergeant

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Two deputies were promoted this week to the ranks of lieutenant and sergeant in the Patrol Division at Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Yvonne May was promoted from patrol sergeant to patrol lieutenant. Kevin Chastain moved from detective to patrol sergeant.

May and Chastain will be tasked with overseeing the nine other patrol deputies on the “A-Nights Patrol Shift” who have the responsibilities of patrolling county roadways to deter crime, while also responding to service calls dispatched through the Bradley County 911 Communications Center.

May is a native of Bradley County and a graduate of Cleveland State Community College’s Law Enforcement Academy. Starting her career as a patrol deputy at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, May is currently a 19-year law enforcement veteran.

During her tenure at the sheriff’s office, May has held the rank of sergeant for eight years in the School Resource Officer’s Unit and three years in the Patrol Division.

Additionally, May has held numerous roles at the sheriff’s office which include physical fitness instructor, coordinator of Neighborhood Watch, SWAT team member (marksman observer), Honor Guard member, Law Enforcement Response to active shooter/killer instructor, and self defense instructor. For the past 15 years, May has been physical fitness instructor at Cleveland State Community College’s Law Enforcement Academy, where she instructed cadets in the area of fitness.

Numerous qualifications and trainings have been achieved by May such as:

• Basic and advanced leadership and supervision schools

• N.A.S.R.O. School (National Association of School Resource Officers)

• Basic and advanced tracking school

• First responder training for clandestine methamphetamine labs

• Basic and advanced FBI sniper / observer schools

• DARE instructor’s course

• SWAT

• Incident response to terrorist bombing awareness training

• Threat and vulnerability assessment for law enforcement officers

• L.E.O.K.A. safety/ street survival training

• Basic Gang School

• Academy of Counter Terrorist Education course

• Officer Safety, High Risk Event Planning System Level 1, 2, 3 and 4

• Instructor development and

• First-line leadership and supervision.

May has been recognized through several letters of commendation and appreciation as well as presentations of numerous awards such as the Public Service Award, Sheriff’s Office Commendation Medal Award, three-time recipient of the Cleveland 100 Community Service Award, and four-time recipient of the Spotlight Award.

Family is one of the most important parts of May’s everyday life, and she values their support. May is the wife of Mark May, and she has five children: Michael May, Darrien Johnson, Ciara Woody, Haleigh May, and Michael Westfield, currently employed with Collegedale Police Department and married to Samantha Westfield. Additionally, she has one grandson, Leason Westfield.

Chastain is also a native of Bradley County and graduated from Cleveland State Community College’s Law Enforcement Academy in 1997. During his 19 years in law enforcement, 13 of those years were as a patrol officer. For the past few years, he has been assigned as a property crimes detective in the Sheriff Office’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Before his hire in 2011 at Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Chastain had worked in law enforcement career since 1998. He had served as an officer at the Cleveland City Police Department. He continued his career at the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office as an arson investigator and bomb technician.

More than 1,000 hours of specialized training in investigations have been successfully completed by Chastain including;

• Numerous FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) courses which include over 80 hours of instruction

• Fire investigation: Origin and cause

• FBI large vehicle bomb post blast investigations class

• E.O.D. Command Vehicle training

• U.S. Department of Justice – FBI- U.S. Army Ordinance Munitions & Electronics Maintenance School, Redstone Arsenal, Bomb Technicians Robotics Course

• The Scientific Method for Fire and Explosion Investigation

• Fire chemistry

• Auto theft and recovery

• TBI investigation training

• Fire investigator scene safety

• Legal issues for investigators

• Post blast investigations

• Latent investigations

• The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation

• A Ventilation – Focused approach to the impact of building structures and systems on fire development

• Post flashover fires and

• Managing mobile forensics: What every peace officer must know.

Chastain has been a member of International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators since 2009.

Additional certifications in other specialized areas have been achieved such as long rifle training (AR-15 Platform), Stand Down for Safety and Health Training, CPR. and A.E.D. for the Workplace, Glock Pistol Transition Training, Law Enforcement Proficiency Course, Critical Incident Response Technology Seminar, DARE instructor’s school, Basic Police Bike School and N.I.M.S. (National Incident Management System) Introduction.

During Chastain’s years of service in law enforcement, he has been the recipient of the Attitude Award, Team Work Award, Safe Driving Award, Life-Saving Award, Sheriff’s Office Commendation Medal Award, and presented the sheriff’s office Employee of the Year Award.

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson stated, “Lt. Yvonne May and Sgt. Kevin Chastain have displayed a love and loyalty to the citizens of this community, and they will excel in leading one of the four great patrol shifts that operate under Patrol Captain Wayne White. Their immense knowledge, skills, and training obtained throughout their years of service only compliment our agency’s newest leadership selections in the Patrol Division.”

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