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Deputy Chief of Police James “Damian” Huggins, Biography

Deputy Chief Damian Huggins joined the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in 1992. He has been the Deputy Chief over two separate bureaus of the department, the Investigative Services Bureau and the Administrative Services Bureau which he is currently over. The Administrative Services Bureau houses the Forensic Services Division and full service Crime Lab, Training Academy, Information Technology, Human Resources Division, Recruitment, Records Division, Behavioral Health Services Division, Body Worn and In-Car Cameras, and the Police Archives of the department. He is an alumnus of the 2012 Leadership Nashville class and a current Co-Chair of the Community Mental Health Systems Improvement Workgroup in Davidson County, TN.

Prior to being appointed to the Deputy Chief position, Damian was the Commander of the Central Precinct in downtown Nashville. The Nashville area caters to more than 16 million annual tourist visits, a growing urban population, NFL, NHL and Major League Soccer events, and numerous other special events. The Central Precinct had approximately 125 full time personnel including the department’s motorcycle units and mounted patrol units. Under his command, and with an outstanding team around him, the Central Precinct was named Precinct of the Year. The Central Precinct team produced an approximate 20% Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Part 1 crime reduction in a single year. They also produced an approximate 33% total UCR Part 1 crime reduction over a three year period. Prior work experience includes SWAT supervisor and officer, narcotics supervisor and officer, patrol supervisor and officer, and community bike patrol officer.

Damian has a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration (DBA), 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 Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute (PELI) training in 2018, the FBI National Academy in 2016, the Senior Management Institute for Police by the Police Executive Research Forum in 2013, Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar in 2012, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police leadership training in 2009.

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