La Vergne makes interim police chief permanent

Jul 15, 2021 at 07:00 am by Voice Wire

La Vergne Police Chief Burrel "Chip" Davis
La Vergne Police Chief Burrel "Chip" Davis

La Vergne Mayor Jason Cole has selected Burrel "Chip" Davis to be the city's next Chief of Police.

Davis has 22 years of experience in law enforcement, 17 of which he has served at LPD, where he has served as the interim chief since October. Previously, he served as a sergeant over training and planning for LPD since 2007. His continuing contribution to officer training provides quality, relevant, and progressive training for sworn and non-sworn employees.

“We want to grow the integrity, honesty, and transparency of the department,” Davis said. He added he also hopes to take steps to continue to earn trust within the community, as well as provide a safe place for all those who live in, work in and visit La Vergne. His goals for the department are to bring LPD up to the 21st century policing model, as well as getting back to being fully staffed.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the next chief,” Davis said. “We’re looking to the future and hope to grow the department to fit the needs of our growing city.”

Davis received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and his Master’s Degree from Bethel University. He is also a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University and FBI- LEEDA Trilogy. He also serves as a guest instructor at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. During his tenure, Chief Davis has also been involved in the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers Association, Law Enforcement Accreditation Coalition of Tennessee, and Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.

"I am excited for Chief Davis to step into his new role in a permanent capacity," Cole said. "We had a strong pool of candidates apply for the position, and it was a difficult decision to make. Ultimately, we chose Davis because he is an excellent officer who I believe will bring our department up to where it needs to be to best serve the citizens and visitors of La Vergne."

Chief Davis was born and raised in Nashville and currently lives in Murfreesboro. He is married to his wife, Kelly, of eleven years, and they have three daughters Kennedy, Mackenzie, and Cameron.

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