CAPTAIN OF JUDICIAL & SUPPORT SERVICES
Keith Edwards, a 34 year BCSO veteran, is the Captain of Judicial and Support Services. Captain Edwards began his career in law enforcement as a reserve officer with BCSO in 1981, and he was hired as a full-time Corrections Officer upon the completion of the Justice Center on Johnson Blvd. in 1983.
While in the Corrections Division, Edwards was promoted to the position of Shift Supervisor. He was transferred to the Patrol Division in 1985, and then graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy in 1986.
In 1988, Edwards was promoted to the rank of Patrol Lieutenant and assumed the position of Shift Supervisor until he accepted a transfer to the Criminal Investigations Division. Edwards was responsible for managing case files, conducting investigations, prosecuting offenders in child abuse, narcotics, crimes against person, and crimes against property.
He also served as a member of the department’s Special Weapons and Tactical Team (S.W.A.T.) for many years. After several years of criminal investigative duties, Edwards was offered the opportunity to became the first School Resource Officer at Charleston High School. As an SRO, Edwards was certified to teach D.A.R.E. to local school students, and he served as an instructor in high school criminal justice classes.
In 1999, Edwards was called upon to fill the role of a Shift Commander, a position he held for more than 14 years, until he accepted the position of Environmental Enforcement Officer in 2013. In addition to supervising full-time officers, Edwards has also served as supervisor of the Uniformed Reserve Officer Program.
During his career with BCSO, Edwards has attended Criminal Justice classes at Cleveland State Community College, as well as numerous law enforcement specialized schools, including Criminal Investigations, Drug Trafficking and Narcotics Investigations, Child Abuse Investigations, Law Enforcement Leadership, and S.W.A.T. tactics, to name just a few.
He received Police Instructor Certification from the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission in 2013, the same year he was awarded the department’s Law Enforcement Commendation Medal in recognition of his outstanding career and long-time service to Bradley County. He and his family attends Cleveland Christian Fellowship Church.