Meet Some of Nashville's Police Officers
Sergeant Michael Vaughn
Growing up in Nashville, I always knew that I wanted to be a Metro Nashville Police Officer. I graduated from Antioch High School and currently hold an Associate's Degree in Police Science, Police Administration. Right out of high school, I worked for the police department in a civilian role for four years. Since becoming an MNPD officer in 2012, I have worked many areas such as patrol, FLEX, precinct investigations and the Gang Unit. I was promoted to sergeant in December of 2018 and I am currently assigned to Central B FLEX.
There are so many different ways to be involved with our department. I'm on the Crisis Negotiator Team, a board member for the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association, and also a Peer Supporter. On the home front, I enjoy working out, running, going to church and spending time with my wife and our two children. We're a large department where the opportunities are endless and rewarding. If you are considering a career in law enforcement, I encourage you to contact a recruiter today!
Sergeant Blake Giles
While obtaining an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has provided me with said career since January 2013.
Since joining the MNPD, I have obtained a graduate degree, held multiple positions within the department, and gained valuable experience in several fields of law enforcement related work. The MNPD has afforded me and continues to provide me with top-notch training both locally and regionally. Most importantly though, the MNPD provides me with a platform to positively impact others and serve the community.
As a Nashville native, the continual ability to interact with and grow alongside the citizens of this community is what makes this career so rewarding. Witnessing the growth of the metropolitan area but still being able to feel the small town charm of the big city makes being a member of the MNPD a reward in and of itself. I encourage those looking to make a lasting difference to contact the MNPD Recruitment Section to find out how and when you could possibly become involved.
Officer Maria Cortez
My name is Maria Cortez and I have been a police officer with the Metro Nashville Police Department since 2013. I spent 3.5 years as a patrol officer and I am currently a Domestic Violence Detective.
Prior to becoming a police officer, I served in the Army National Guard for 7 years. I was born in Nicaragua and raised in Morristown, Tennessee. Since I was a child, I dreamed of being in the law enforcement career field and even joining the military. When I turned 17 years old, I made my dream of joining the military come true. Then, at the age of 25, I joined the Metro Nashville Police Department.
I have always wanted to be in a career with brave men and women that joined together to help other people that may not feel the strength to help themselves. As a child, every time I saw a police officer in uniform, I felt respect and admiration for them and said, "One day I'm going to be like him or her." In 2013, I made my dream come true.
Sergeant Cliff Knight
I have been a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) since 2005. I am originally from New Orleans and have been in Tennessee since the summer of 2001. My wife and I were both members of the US Army for 6 years and then attended Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) together. I have earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from MTSU and a Master's Degree in Public Service Management from Cumberland University.
After leaving the military and graduating college, I still felt the need to continue serving my community so I joined the MNPD. I've had the opportunity to work in various units of the department such as patrol, flex, Domestic Violence, and most recently the Recruitment Section. I am also a member of the police department's award winning Drill and Ceremony Team. As an African American who grew up in poverty in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, I witnessed firsthand the need for empathetic police officers. That's why I made the personal decision to become a part of the solution. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, fishing and music.
Officer Nopel Ahmed
I recently became a Metropolitan Nashville Police Officer in 2017. I was born in a Kurdish refugee camp in Turkey. We were there due to the persecution by Saddam Hussein's regime. Fortunately, with the help of sponsors through churches in Nashville, my family and I were able move to the Nashville area in the early 1990's.
Nashville provided a safe haven for my family and other families in the same situation. I joined the MNPD because it is my desire to give back to the community and country that has given a home to me, my family, and hundreds of other Kurdish families. Nashville is one of the most diverse cities in the South and I wish to raise my own family here as well.
I am proud to be the first Kurdish American Muslim woman to join the MNPD. Despite the many odds against me, I have still managed to accomplish my dreams of being part of a rewarding, professional, and respected career. I highly recommend and encourage you to apply and be a part of the Metropolitan Nashville Police family.
Officer Sandra Fly
I have been a police officer with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department since 2015. I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. I was in 7 foster homes before finally being adopted at age 6. I believe that policing can be for anyone who nurtures an altruistic nature. I worked as a research scientist for 2 years and was dissatisfied because I was unable to see how my research benefited others.
As a single parent of 2 children, I am happy to teach them the importance of going to a job that you enjoy. As a biracial female, I believe that a police department should be representative of the community in which it serves. Nashville is extremely diverse and I am happy to be a public servant to such a diverse city.
Officer Whitney Heinze
I have been a police officer with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department since 2011. I am currently an investigator with the Office of Professional Accountability. One of the benefits of working for such a large police agency is that I have been fortunate enough to work in various areas within the department including patrol, community affairs, and precinct investigations. I have also had the honor of serving on the MNPD Drill and Ceremony Team.
I joined the MNPD because I wanted to make a positive difference in my community. I wanted to be an advocate for justice, assist victims of crimes, and help build a more positive relationship between law enforcement and our community.
I am proud to serve with the men and women of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. If you are looking for a professional community oriented police department that offers several career opportunities, I urge you to join us and apply today.