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Breakout 2a: Mayberry to NCIS

Brad Wilbanks, Lt Tennessee Highway Patrol
Travic Plotzer, Sgt Tennessee Highway Patrol

From Mayberry to NCIS is a powerpoint presentation that will walk you and your class through the transitions Tennessee Highway Patrol has developed over the last 50 plus years. It will show you how THP has been the premier law enforcement agency over the years. We also will show ways we can partner with your agency to assist on a variety of assignments.

Brad Wilbanks currently serves as Lieutenant overseeing the Tennessee Highway Patrol-Jackson District, Special Programs Unit.  Brad was appointed to this position in October, 2010.  He has since spent his time and effort promoting safety for those that live, work or travel within the State of Tennessee. Since becoming a Tennessee State Trooper in January of 1989, Brad has served many roles within the Tennessee Department of Safety. Early in his career, he spent a three year assignment as an undercover agent and participated in hundreds of illegal drug operations as well as gathering intelligence on organized crime and individuals that were considered a high risk to our community.

In 1999, Brad was asked to supervise the newly formed Tennessee Highway Patrol Interdiction Unit for the West Tennessee Area. During his five year assignment, the Interdiction Unit was responsible for illegal drug and money seizures totaling over three hundred million dollars and the arrest of numerous fugitives.  Brad has taken advantage of the training that has been offered to him and has successfully earned certification in several fields including crash reconstruction, firearms instruction and range inspector. He is a commercial motor vehicle industry expert with Hazardous Materials, Cargo Tank, Post-Crash and Level VI Radioactive Inspector credentials. He is a 2012 graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. Brad resides in Jackson, TN with his wife, Jody.

Plotzer got his interest in law enforcement by being a Law Enforcement Explorer. He began working for the Dickson Police Department in 2002-2005 as a Communications Officer. While working there he attended Nashville State Community College where he earned an Associates Degree in Police Administration. He also did an Internship with the 23rd Judicial Drug Task Force during that time frame. He started working for the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 2005. He has worked the road in Cheatham, Dickson, Humphreys, Houston, Stewart, Rutherford, and Williamson Counties. He was assigned to the Criminal Interdiction Unit. He also has served as an Evidence Custodian for 12 counties. He is a crash reconstructionsist, radar instructor, Operation Lifesaver presenter, commercial vehicle instructor, level 1 commercial vehicle inspector, post crash reconstructionist for commercial vehicles and assistant system administrator for evidence tracking software for Tennessee Highway Patrol. Plotzer was promoted to Sergeant in the Special Programs Unit in the Nashville District. Job duties include public education, pupil transportation, new entrant program, commercial vehicle trainer, and hand gun range inspector.