Meet Some of Our Officers
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.