Jason Williams

Title: Police Chief

Chief Williams began his law enforcement career in 2001, at the Hendersonville Police Department, where he was employed until 2003. He served as a Sheriff's Deputy, in the Patrol Division, of the Sumner County Sheriff's Office from 2003 until joining the Portland Police Department in June of 2004. He held the ranks of Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, and Communications Supervisor within the Patrol Division, before moving to the Criminal Investigations Division in 2011, as a Detective. He was the department's D.A.R.E. Officer from 2005 through 2010. He has extensive training in the areas of interview and interrogation, law enforcement leadership, crime scene investigations, and is a Certified Advanced Examiner for Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA).

While working in the Criminal Investigations Division, he was a member of the Sumner County Child Protective Investigative Team, and primarily investigated child abuse and child sexual abuse cases, as well as managing the reporting requirements of sexual offenders, within the city limits, for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Sexual Offender Registry. He held the ranks of Detective, Detective Sergeant, and Lieutenant, before being appointed Chief of Police in January of 2020.

Chief Williams is a 1997 graduate of Portland High School, a 2015 graduate of Bethel University, a graduate of Session VII of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation State Academy and has completed the Chief Executive Leadership Development Program sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. He serves on the Operations Committee of the Sumner County Emergency Communications Center, and on the Board of Directors for the 18th Judicial District Drug Task Force. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, representing District 7 (Sumner, Robertson, Davidson, Rutherford, Wilson, Willamson, Cheatham, and Trousdale Counties), and is the Chairman of the Leadership and Membership Development Committee. He has been commended multiple times for work with PPD and the Sumner County Child Advocacy Center.


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