The Administrative Services Division is responsible for providing technical and administrative support to all areas of the Bureau.
The Professional Standards Unit oversees all legal, procedural and legislative issues related to the Bureau. The staff of attorneys ensure that TBI policy, decisions and contracts are legally sound as well as handling internal affairs and acting as a liason to the legislature.
TBI has been internationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since November 19, 1994. The Accreditation Manager is responsible for ensuring the Bureau maintains compliance with CALEA accreditation standards. The Bureau was successfully reaccredited in 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is the nonprofit organization that accredits law enforcement agencies internationally. Standards are developed to help law enforcement agencies achieve the following: increase agency capabilities to prevent and control crime; enhance agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services; improve cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and other components of the criminal justice system; increase citizen and staff confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and practices of the agency. Participation in the accreditation program is voluntary.
Fiscal Services manages an estimated $65 million dollar annual budget. Thirty-eight million dollars of that comes from state tax dollars the remaining is self-generated or from federal funding.
The TBI employs nearly 500 people across the state. There are approximately 160 people assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, 125 in the Forensic Services Division, 60 in the Drug Investigation Division, 85 are in Information Systems and 50 are in Administrative Services Division.
The office of the internal auditing office helps TBI improve its operations by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the integrity, efficiency and effectiveness of financial and other management control systems. The scope of work determined whether the Bureau’s network of risk management, control and governance processes is adequate and functioning to ensure a quality organization.
The Public Information Officer is the central point of communication between TBI and the public. The PIO acts as the point of contact for the media and promotes some of the TBI most high profile cases and programs. Website development, speech writing and the production of all outside promotional materials related to the Bureau are produced by this office. Go to the Newsroom for the latest TBI news.
In 2003, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched a media relations office to field the large volume of requests made annually. Media outlets seeking information should contact Executive Officer Illana Tate, at Illana.Tate@tn.gov