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Sheriff Steve Lawson

Hi, I'm Sheriff Steve Lawson. Thank you for visiting the Bradley County Sheriff's Office website. I hope you will find the information and resources here helpful and informative.

As Sheriff, I am committed to working hard every day to make sure our schools, our churches and our community are the safest place to live in Tennessee. Through the hard work of the men and women of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office and in partnership with members of the community, we are doing just that. We are working each day to get better. To provide an even greater quality of service and protection to the people of Bradley County.

I am very grateful for the support of our partnering law enforcement agencies. The cooperation we enjoy with these departments helps to achieve the goals that we have set out to meet.

If we can ever be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact us. My people and I

are here not only to protect the community but to serve it as well.

Thank you for providing me the opportunity to serve as your Sheriff.
The belief and trust that you have placed in me will stand
as the cornerstones of my administration.


Sheriff Steve Lawson

(423) 728-7300 | email Sheriff Lawson


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Sheriff’s Column

Goals for 2022

January 2, 2022


As we say goodbye to 2021, my staff and I continue to move forward and plan for the future. Many of us faced professional and personal challenges this year. However, we remained steadfast and finished the year out strong. Our goal continues to be to strive to get better every day – no matter the circumstances or the state of the world around us.


In 2021, I planned to continue improving both our facilities and law enforcement needs. I wanted to ensure that our patrol and corrections officers have the best gear possible and that we continued taking excellent care of our buildings and equipment. I am happy to share that throughout the year, we were able to purchase new T7 tasers, as well as a new body scanner for our jail, which are both a great asset to officer safety. We were also fortunate enough to address several roof issues and make repairs to our main entrance entryway.


We also kept the spread of COVID-19 in our jail to a minimum and continue to follow safety protocols to benefit the health of our inmates and corrections officers. In addition, we once again achieved perfect scores from the state’s inspection of our jail and maintained excellent crime statistics.


With last year’s accomplishments checked off our to-do list, we want to use the momentum that we have built and continue making upgrades where necessary.


Our first order of business this year is addressing any budget amendments that come up. Soon, my Command Staff and I will be reviewing all the projects of improvement that we hope to accomplish in 2022. We will then analyze our expenses and prioritize our needs for the benefit of our officers, department, and community.


In 2022, I plan to further focus on my 3-step salary proposal plan that I introduced this year. The salary proposal consists of looking within our budget to see what money we have to divvy out to employees, collaborating with Mayor and County Commission to distribute money from The Federal Cares Act - one time hazard pay for first responders, and working on a pay scale plan in order to retain employees and award them for longevity within our agency.


In the process of forging ahead this year, I encourage everyone to continue moving forward with a mindset of improvement. On behalf of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!

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