Meet Some of Our Officers
Officer Ronda Atwater - School Resource Officer
I have been a police officer with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department since 1992. I have worked in the Patrol Unit, the Bicycle Unit and on various special assignments.
I love spending time with my family and during my free time I volunteer as a Troop Leader with the Girl Scouts of America. I also volunteer with the Fraternal Order of Police Youth Camp. As a recruit in the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Training Academy, I knew I wanted to work with the youth. I wanted them to see police officers in a positive light. So, for the last thirteen (13) years, I have been assigned as a School Resource Officer. Working with the youth everyday is very rewarding; however, I have to remind myself not to take personally anything they may say or do.
If you are looking for a challenging and highly rewarding career in law enforcement, I strongly encourage you to join the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. With our police department, your determination can take you far.
Sergeant Suzanne Stephens - Recruitment
I have been with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department since 1988.
I have been fortunate enough to work in several different areas of law enforcement since coming to the MNPD including Personal Crimes, Patrol, and the Crime Suppression Unit, to name a few. Prior to joining the MNPD I worked as a Deputy in a local Sheriff's department for 10 years.
I am married and have 2 grown sons (twins). My husband and one of my sons also work for the police department. It is a profession with which my entire family is very proud to be associated.
I spend my free time away from work being very active in our church, and walking with several exercise buddies. I have participated in numerous ½ marathons and 5K races. I have also participated (and completed) every Country Music Marathon since it came to Nashville, a tradition I hope to continue. My husband and I love to travel when our schedules permit, and we enjoy planning trips to new and exciting places.
I am truly proud to be part of the men and women who serve their community in the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Although challenging, I would encourage anyone who wishes to serve in a professional, community oriented police department to look for career opportunities in the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
Lieutenant Carlos Lara - South Precinct
I have been with the Metro Nashville Police Department since 2008. I am currently a lieutenant assigned to the South Precinct but have had the privilege of working on several units including CSU, Gangs, Case Prep and El Protector.
Born and raised in Boston, MA, I moved to Nashville in 2005. I'm married to my beautiful wife and have 2 sons. I am a graduate of the Nashville School of Law. I am very active in my Church congregation working with our youth group. I also work closely with the Hispanic/Latino ministry due to being of Honduran decent. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am also an avid Boston sports fan. Go Pats!!
It has been a real blessing to work at the MNPD for the past several years. I have met and worked with some amazing people and have had the opportunity to do things I never thought I could do. If you're looking for an exciting career that will give you a true purpose, I encourage you to apply to the Metro Nashville Police Department.
Officer Jiyayi Suleyman - Hermitage Precinct
I have been a police officer with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department since 2012. I am originally from a small village in Northern Iraq (Kurdistan). My family and I were refugees during the First Gulf War and were sponsored by several churches here in Nashville, TN. We, along with many other Kurdish families, arrived in the Nashville in 1991. While Nashville has the largest Kurdish population in the United States, at the time, there were no Kurdish police officers. I wanted to join Metropolitan Nashville Police Department to break that tradition and build trust with the police department and other minority groups. I consider Nashville as my home and plan on to raise my two sons in the same area that I serve.
If you are looking for a respected career in a very diverse area, I strongly encourage you to join the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. With our police department and your admiration to make a difference, we can build stronger bonds with the community and make a difference.