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 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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Improving our Inmates Lives through Education  November 19, 2020


Throughout my current term as sheriff, and especially in the midst of this year’s unpredictable changes, my administration and I have kept our focus on “getting better every day.” As the barrage of 2020 events continue to strike, I have been consistently encouraged by the performance of our officers in the jail and the various programs we have continued to offer our inmates.


Time and time again, our team has gone above and beyond in accomplishing our goal of daily improvement. That was made evident to me as I signed certificates of completion for the 12 inmates who just completed our Introduction to Resume Writing class this past week!


In our efforts to help Bradley County inmates, we have safely and successfully kept our inmate education program running smoothly, even during the pandemic. We do this because the classes being taught are helping our inmates grow educationally, which ultimately helps prepare them for post-incarceration life. Whether they are trying to find a job, trying to become a better parent or simply trying to improve as an individual — we have classes set up for them to grow into who they strive to be.


Throughout this year of uncertainty, this program is one thing I am very certain about because we have seen it change inmates’ lives for the better. That is why we have done everything that we possible can to keep it operating during the ongoing pandemic. In the beginning, we opted to put the program on hold for the safety of our inmates. We took that time to consider our options, prepare how we would pivot and carefully got it back up and running in a way that ensures that our inmates’ health is not compromised.


Prior to the pandemic, we were already offering class virtually; so, we were prepared to rely on virtual classes in order to educate while still keeping the safety of our inmates and staff as our top priority.


In 2020, we have had multiple classes offered, with over 30 inmates participating in the program.


Currently, the following classes are being offered:


  • Introduction to Anger Management

  • Introduction to Resume Writing

  • Introduction to Personal Finance


The GED program is still being offered as well and there are more courses that we plan to be offered in the coming months.


I am so proud of our inmate education team and all of our inmates who are taking these proactive steps in their lives. I have seen first-hand the growth that has taken place because of this program.


As sheriff, it is a great honor to watch former inmates leave better than they arrived and to see them walk away from their previous life of crime. I am eager to see where this program continues to go in the months and years to come.

Bradley County Sheriff's Office

2290 Blythe Avenue

Cleveland, TN 37311

Tel: (423) 728 -7300

Fax: (423) 473-1505

For an emergency call, dial 911 immediately.

For all non-emergency calls, dial (423) 728-7311.

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