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Deputy Chief of Police James “Damian” Huggins, Biography

Deputy Chief Damian Huggins joined the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) in 1992 and has been the Deputy Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau (ISB) and is currently over the Administrative Services Bureau (ASB) of the MNPD. The ASB houses the Forensic Services Division, Training Academy, Information Technology, Human Resources, Records Division, and Behavioral Health sections of the police department, along with the newly established full service crime laboratory. He is an alumnus of the 2012 Leadership Nashville class.

Prior to being appointed to the Deputy Chief position, Damian was the Commander of the Central Precinct in downtown Nashville. The Central Precinct caters to the more than 11 million annual tourist visits to Nashville, a growing urban population, NFL and NHL events, and other numerous special events. The Central Precinct has approximately 125 full time personnel and oversees the department’s motorcycle units and mounted patrol units. Under his command, the Central Precinct was named Precinct of the Year, produced two years of greater than -15% UCR Part I crime reduction, and three consecutive years of crime reduction.

Damian has served as a SWAT and Narcotics supervisor and operator, as well as a community bike patrol officer. He has a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration, a Master of Science Degree in Public Service Management, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Additional professional leadership training includes completion of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) leadership training in 2009, Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (TLEEDS) in 2012, the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in 2013 and a graduate of the FBI National Academy (FBINA) in 2016.

“Reducing harm should be the goal of any law enforcement agency. Serving is a privilege and it is our duty as law enforcement professionals to ensure that we preserve the rights and dignity of the people we serve. Community trust and confidence comes through honest and open communication about our actions. However, it is the relationships that we have within our community that sustain and preserve the community trust and confidence in our actions.” – Deputy Chief J. Damian Huggins