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Captain J. Warren Headrick
Adjunct Professor

G Bowlin

Captain J. Warren Headrick is currently serving as the division commander over the criminal investigation division at the Blount County Sheriff’s Office in Maryville, Tennessee. Capt. Headrick’s law enforcement career began in 1985, first as a reserve deputy sheriff, and then hired as a full-time patrol deputy. During his time in the patrol division, Capt. Headrick was a member of the special response team, a field training officer, and was assigned special duty as an undercover officer in other jurisdictions. In September 1989, Capt. Headrick was re-assigned to the Tennessee 5th Judicial District Drug Task Force, where he served as an investigator and later as the assistant director until February 1991. He was then assigned to the criminal investigation division, and later promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1996, lieutenant in 2000, and captain in 2001. During his tenure in the criminal investigation division, he served as the acting chief of detectives from 1999 through 2000. He has also served as the accreditation manager for the sheriff’s office from 2006 until 2009.

After helping the Blount County Sheriff’s Office win their initial accreditation in March 2003, Capt. Headrick became a certified law enforcement assessor and team leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Capt. Headrick’s extensive law enforcement career is accompanied by several educational degrees: associates degree in criminal justice from Walters State Community College, bachelors degree in human services/criminal justice from Tennessee Wesleyan College, and a masters degree in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Capt. Headrick is a certified public administrator through the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service. He has also received specialized training in police management and leadership, officer use of force, internal affairs, criminal investigation, homicide investigation, child abuse investigation, instructor development, narcotics investigation, technical surveillance, and white collar crime.

Capt. Headrick earned the honor of attending the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where he graduated with a 4.0 grade point average in the 212th Session in March of 2003. He also graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Basic Police Recruit School in Nashville, Tennessee in 1986, where he was voted by his peers and received the outstanding police officer award for class 525. He was also awarded the highest academic honors in his class.

Capt. Headrick has also served as an adjunct faculty instructor for several other post- secondary educational institutions in the area. Additionally, he serves as a certified law enforcement instructor with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, POST certified, Basic Police Training Academy.