Jeff Bishop has been named Law Enforcement Captain of TWRA District 32. Mr. Bishop, previously a lieutenant for the district, has been with TWRA for 27 years. He started his career as a wildlife officer in Hamblen County in 1991 and transferred to Polk County in 2003. He held a sergeant’s position before being promoted to lieutenant in 2012.
As captain, Mr. Bishop will be responsible for officers covering land and water in 12 of Region III’s counties.
His role will include partnering with Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) for nuclear drills. Major C.J. Jaynes said, “Jeff has experience in all aspects of the law enforcement program. His understanding of all facets of law enforcement and the region will provide great leadership in the district and beyond.”
Mr. Bishop said, “I am grateful to serve with men and women committed to protecting wildlife. I’m thankful for those that helped me learn and supported my work, including my wife. This career often takes us away from our families during the holidays and weekends. Calls come in late at night and at inopportune times. Melissa, my wife, has been supportive and encouraging throughout my career.”
Mr. Bishop, a native of Bradley County, was involved with wildlife restoration early in his career, including turkey and otter. His commitment to Tennessee’s resources is evident. Mr. Bishop said, “I have always enjoyed working with hunters and anglers, teaching hunter education classes and watching different generations come to enjoy the outdoors. I look forward to this new role and continuing my career.”
Find out more about the TWRA mission statement and law enforcement at tnwildlife.org.