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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Sober Driving is Safer Driving - July 18, 2021

Summer is upon us! With the past year that we have all had, I know that all of us are appreciative of this warm weather and more opportunities to be outdoors in the sunshine.

With this change of season comes a wide array of fun summer activities. While I am looking forward to these as much as I am sure all of you are, as your sheriff, I would be remiss to not bring up a very important topic: impaired driving.

Driving impaired is a very serious issue — One that affects people of all ages, both those who are guilty of it and those who are not. In the state of Tennessee alone, approximately 300 people lose their lives from drunk driving accidents every year: that accounts for over 25% of all vehicular fatalities in just one year.

To all of our drivers under the age of 21 in Bradley County, I want to say this: Having fun with your friends is important, but not to the point of breaking the law. Do NOT run the risk of ruining your life and the lives of others by drinking and driving. A record of underage drinking alone can haunt you for the rest of your life, not to mention an underage DUI.

That being said, I implore each and every driver in our county to follow the life saving laws relating to this. Driving impaired, no matter what the impairment is not something to be taken lightly.

As you all plan your summer activities, plan to save lives by doing the following:
- First and foremost, drink responsibly and plan ahead for transportation.

- Do not drink and drive; coordinate a designated driver and make sure you have a safe place to stay.
- If you are hosting an event with alcohol present, plan ahead for the safety of your guests. Consider hiring a driver to ensure that everyone has a way to get home safely.
- Take the necessary steps to keeping any young drivers in your family safe. Set a reasonable curfew with them and/or ensure that they have a safe place to stay overnight.

Let’s all do our part in keeping our roads as safe as possible. Remember, only YOU are responsible for your decisions and actions.