Training Academy LogoThe fundamental mission of the Sheriff’s Office Training Academy is to provide professional training curriculums designed to improve the quality of regional law enforcement and correctional services. The Sheriff of Shelby County, the Director of Training and the staff provide practical application in all segments of basic, in-service and specialized training. All officers must attend a forty-hour basic Peace Officer Instructor Development School.

The curriculum has been certified and approved by the State of Tennessee Peace Officer Standard and Training Commission.

Some of the schools held at the academy are:

  • Enforcement procedures for full-time deputies and reserve deputies
  • Correctional Facility Training procedures for deputy jailers
  • Required “In-Service” refresher training held each year for full-time deputies, reserve deputies, and deputy jailers

We also have many outside agencies that use our Firearms Range. These are listed as follows:

Three main areas of training are provided at the Academy.
Click on each area to get more details.

Contact Info

Training Director:
Chief Joseph P. Ruff

Assistant Director of Law Enforcement Training:
Capt. Newt Schaeffer

Assistant Director of Corrections Training:
Captain Deidra Woods

Mailing address:
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Training Academy
993 DoveCrest
Memphis, TN 38134
Phone: (901) 222-6099