Assistant Chief, Investigative Services
Assistant Chief Deputy Jason R. Pagenkopf is responsible for commanding the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office three Investigative Services Bureaus: General Assignment, Narcotics, and Homeland Security. They encompass the Metro Gang Unit, Special Operations- SWAT/Bomb Units, and ALERT Unit. Detectives within these bureaus are also assigned to task forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Safe Streets Task Force, Tarnished Badge Task Force, Innocent Images Task Force and Joint Terrorism Task Force), Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force) and the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office
He was recently responsible for leading the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Administrative Services Division. This division includes the Training Academy / Pistol Range, Bureau of Professional Standards and Integrity, the Accreditation and Policy Bureau, and the Bureau of Internal Audit. The aforementioned areas ensure that all employees are properly trained, held to the highest of internal and national standards, and that internal investigations and audits confirm that those high standards are maintained.
Chief Pagenkopf is a lifelong resident of Bartlett in northeast Shelby County. He is a 1991 graduate of Bartlett High School and completed his undergraduate studies Memphis State University. He has served in most areas of the Sheriff’s Office during his 28-year career.
Chief Pagenkopf rose through the ranks of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office from Cadet to Assistant Chief Deputy. As a Patrolman, he served in Uniform Patrol, Community Police, Civil Field, B.R.A.T.S., S.W.A.T. Team, and the Bomb Squad. After being promoted to Sergeant, he remained a first line supervisor on the S.W.A.T. Team and the Bomb Squad.
Following his 2008 promotion to Lieutenant, he served as the commander of the Crime Prevention Bureau, which included School Resource Officers, Public Speakers, and Explorers. While commanding Crime Prevention, he represented the Sheriff on the Memphis and Shelby County Truancy Board and the Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Justice Board 2008-2010. In late 2010, he was assigned back to the S.W.A.T. Team as the commander, assigned as the Bomb Squad commander, and in July 2012 assigned as the day shift Field Commander in Uniform Patrol.
In 2013, Chief Pagenkopf was promoted to Captain and assigned as the Commander of the Homeland Security Bureau, where he led the officers in the Criminal Intelligence Unit, Facility Security Unit, S.W.A.T. Team, Bomb Squad, K-9 Unit, and Dive Team. During his tenure in Homeland Security, he coordinated all Emergency Management functions for the Sheriff’s Office. On July 1, 2015, he was assigned as the commander of Juvenile Court/Facility Operations and tasked by the Sheriff to coordinate the transition of law enforcement functions from the judge to the Sheriff’s Office. He planned, developed, and coordinated the acquisition of Juvenile courts budget, personnel, and building security upgrades/processes.
Three months after being assigned to Juvenile Court, he was appointed by Sheriff Bill Oldham to Chief Inspector. In the spring of 2016, Chief Pagenkopf was assigned to the Bureau of Professional Standards and Integrity, which includes detectives and staff for Administrative Internal Investigations, Commission and Compliance, Disciplinary Review, and Sex Offender Registry. On September 1, 2018, Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Jr. appointed Chief Pagenkopf to his current position.
Chief Pagenkopf is a 2010 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA 243rd Session. He has been an associate member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) since 2007. He is a 2007 graduate of the FBI/U.S. Army Hazardous Devices School as a certified bomb technician. Over the years, he has attended numerous schools and has certifications in CIT, firearms, counterdrug and criminal street gang investigations, incident command, anti-terrorism, dignitary protection, critical incident response, and internal affairs investigations.
Chief Pagenkopf is a member of the following organizations:
FBI National Academy Associates
FBI National Academy – Tennessee Chapter
Memphis Metropolitan Association of Chiefs of Police
(2017 Secretary / Treasurer, 2018 Vice President, 2019 President)
NTOA - National Tactical Officers Association
IABTI – International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators
National and Tennessee Sheriff’s Associations
International Association of Chiefs of Police
NIAIA –National Internal Affairs Investigators Association
Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers Association
He has been married to his wife for 27 years and has two adult children.
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