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Safety Education


Capt. Tony Barham

Safety Education Captain
Capt. Tony Barham
615-743-4977 Office
615-253-2278 Fax
E-mail Capt. Barham

Charged with increasing public awareness of highway safety issues, the Safety Education division conducts a wide range of activities aimed at saving lives and reducing injuries on Tennessee’s roads. Knowledgeable about numerous traffic safety topics and techniques, THP’s Safety Education Lieutenants are meeting with schools, civic organizations, businesses, and others to improve highway safety throughout the state. If you would like to schedule a traffic safety related presentation to your group, please contact the Safety Education Lieutenant in your area for more information or to schedule a presentation.








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Tennessee Highway Patrol Safety Education Officers by District

Safety Education District map District 1, Knoxville District 2, Chattanooga District 3, Nashville District 4, Memphis District 5, Fall Branch District 6, Cookeville District 7, Lawrenceburg District 8, Jackson

Note: To view photos and contact information, click on the respective links.


District 1 Knoxville
Lt. Don Boshears

District 2 Chattanooga
Lt. John Harmon

District 3 Nashville
Lt. Teddy Douglas

District 4 Memphis
Lt. William Cary Hopkins


District 5 Fall Branch
Lt. Rick Garrison

District 6 Cookeville
Lt. Jimmy Neal

District 7 Lawrenceburg
Lt. Christina Faulkner

District 8 Jackson
Lt. Brad Wilbanks

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

Sgt. Scott E. Staggs

D.A.R.E. Sergeant
Sgt. Scott E. Staggs
615-232-2901 Office
615-532-3606 Fax
E-mail Sgt. Staggs

THP is highly active in D.A.R.E. -- the international program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. 

The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by law enforcement officers whose training and experience provides them with the knowledge and insight to best address the topic with kids.  THP’s D.A.R.E. Troopers teach the program in schools statewide.  To schedule a D.A.R.E. presentation for your school, please contact the D.A.R.E. Trooper in your area listed below.

Additionally, THP’s D.A.R.E. Troopers provide all D.A.R.E. training for local law enforcement officers in Tennessee.  The basic training includes 80 hours of instruction.  For more information, please contact Sergeant Scott Staggs at 615-232-2901 or via email.






Featured Programs

Tenny C. BearTenny C. Bear
Meet Trooper Tenny C. Bear! While Tenny’s fellow Tennessee State Troopers patrol the roads keeping the people and communities of Tennessee safe, Trooper Tenny teaches people, especially kids, the important steps to take to protect themselves. From how to buckle up to boarding a school bus to child restraint instruction, Tenny’s goal is to save lives and prevent injuries.

Trooper Tenny travels all over Tennessee sharing important traffic safety messages. To have him make an appearance at an event, school assembly, or group presentation, contact Captain Tony Barham via email.

Ollie the OtterOllie the Otter
Ollie Otter’s child booster seat safety program teaches Tennessee school kids child booster seat laws and regulations for car booster seat requirements in nation's first statewide seatbelt and booster seat education campaign.

Between the BarrelsBetween the Barrels
Between the Barrels is a teen safety education program geared toward sophomores and juniors in high school.  The program includes a high-tech, interactive presentation designed to reduce the chances of young drivers being involved in dangerous work zone accidents.

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Facebook is a social network that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. Please visit the Tennessee Department of Safety's Facebook page. Become a fan, link to practice driver license exams, learn safe driving tips and keep up with teen driving events in your area.

Driver Education Courses (Traffic Schools)

Information For Instructors and Schools: Instructions for Certification and List of Approved Schools, can be found at Driver Education Courses (Traffic Schools).