Deputy Chief of Police Mike Hagar
Deputy Chief Mike Hagar began his career with the Metropolitan Police Department in 1990, working as a patrol officer. Later he would serve as traffic officer, investigating crashes with an emphasis on traffic crash reconstruction and as an officer in Strategic Development Division (formerly Planning & Research Division). After promotion to Sergeant in 1998, he was assigned to the Traffic Division supervising the Hit & Run Investigation unit.
With a promotion to Lieutenant in 2001, he would serve at the Training Division at Police Training Academy, supervising both the Operations & Academics Section and the Confrontation Management Sections before transferring to the Legal Resources Section (formerly Case Preparation Division) as division supervisor. Also in 2001, Mike assumed the responsibility of serving as on-site legal advisor to the SWAT Team and other departmental components during critical incidents and mass gatherings.
Mike was promoted to Captain in 2004 and would serve as a Field Supervisor during the overnight hours providing command level oversight to all department operations before becoming the Director of Training at the Police Training Academy. In 2008 he was appointed as division commander of the Identification Division (Crime Lab) and later, the Strategic Development Division which includes the Planning, Accreditation, Crime Analysis, Research & Evaluation Sections.
In 2017 Mike was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police and assigned to the Executive Services Bureau, where he currently serves.
Mike holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Middle Tennessee State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the Nashville School of Law. He is a licensed attorney and member of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations.
In 2002, Mike completed the Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (TLEEDS). In 2005 Mike attended the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) at Boston University and staffed by instructors from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In 2009 Mike attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Police Organizations three-week training program.
Mike is a member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum.