The mission of the Lebanon Police Department is to continually enhance the safety and security of the residents and visitors of the City of Lebanon, always seeking excellence in the performance of our duties while maintaining the highest standards of ethics and integrity. The Lebanon Police Department will accomplish this mission by hiring the most capable and professional employees available, by providing all officers with excellent training and continuing education opportunities, providing excellent leadership and mentoring to all employees through supervision, providing officers with the latest equipment and technology, adhering to a standardized nationally accredited set of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures and by holding each officer to high ethical standards.
Chief of Police, Scott Bowen
Chief Bowen started his career with the Lebanon Police Department as a communications officer in 1990. He completed basic law enforcement training at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA) in December 1991 and was assigned to patrol. Over the years, his assignments have included patrol officer, patrol supervisor, supervisor of training, and accreditation manager. Chief Bowen is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff Command (Class 163). He was appointed to his current position as Chief in February 2003. He commands a department of approximately 80 sworn officers as well as civilian employees.
In 1998, as a Lieutenant, he was assigned the daunting task of guiding the department to achieving International Accreditation. The department was awarded initial accreditation in March 2003, just one month after taking office as Chief of Police. In March 2009 Chief Bowen saw his department recognized as a Flagship Agency by the Commission. The Flagship Agency Program is designed to acknowledge CALEA Accredited public safety agencies that have demonstrated success in the accreditation process. The program also serves to provide other agencies seeking accreditation with examples of best practices on how to address compliance, policy development, file maintenance, and other issues relating to the accreditation process.
Chief Bowen has been a guest instructor at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy where he has taught both police recruits and experienced law enforcement officers. Chief Bowen has been a CALEA Assessor since 2003 and a Team Leader since 2005. He is a member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Law Enforcement Accreditation Coalition of Tennessee (LEACT). Chief Bowen has assisted other surrounding agencies in the accreditation process.
Citizens Police Academy
In an effort to educate and inform the community, the Lebanon Police Department provides its residents and business owners a voluntary police academy. The six week program entails lectures, presentations and hands-on activities to educate its participants about the many facets of law enforcement. The program will give each enrollee a better sense of the Lebanon Police Department and the issues relating to everyday operations. Citizens will also have a better understanding of their role in the Community Oriented Policing philosophy.
The Citizens Police Academy is an opportunity for members of the community to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the police department as well as foster better communication between citizens and police through education. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizens’ understanding of their police department.
To qualify, you must be:
- At least 18 years of age
- Free from any felony convictions
- A resident, business owner, or employed within the city of Lebanon
We encourage you to apply for the next Citizens Police Academy. To find out when the next one will begin, please contact Officer PJ Hardy, CPA Coordinator at: 615-453-4398.