New Oak Ridge Police Department officers were sworn in at the Oak Ridge Municipal Building on Friday, and the department celebrated the promotion of Charles Robin Smith to deputy chief.
Smith has served with the Oak Ridge Police Department since 2012.
Before he joined the ORPD, he served for 17 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority Police. He served the last 14 of those as commander of police operations.
Smith began his law enforcement career with the Sevierville Police Department, where he worked 15 years.
Smith is a 1982 graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and a 1990 graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has a bachelor’s degree in applied organizational management from Tusculum College and master’s in business administration from Bethel University.
Here is information on the new officers sworn into service, provided by the Oak Ridge Police Department:
Tommy Arnhart-Dillon was born and raised in Knoxville. He enlisted in the Tennessee National Guard in 2010 and still serves in the combat arms unit. Arnhart-Dillon graduated from the police academy in December 2015, and he is married with three children.
Barry Bunch was born in Oak Ridge. In 1986, when he was 19, Bunch began his career in law enforcement. Bunch has obtained several certifications and in prior service with ORPD was assigned to the SWAT, K9, and Field Training Officer programs. Bunch has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Douglas “DJ” Burchfield was born in Knoxville. After graduating from high school in 2007, he enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard and is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan war on terrorism, having served as a military police officer. Burchfield graduated from the police academy as the executive officer of his class in December 2015.
Perry Lewis was born in Knoxville. He is married with five children and currently resides in Huntsville. Lewis started his career in law enforcement in corrections and has worked for Anderson, Blount, and Knox counties’ sheriff’s offices. Lewis attended the Blount County Training Academy in June 2015.
Brittany Manning comes from Carthage, Tennessee, and he studied criminal justice at Tennessee Tech University. She has served as a reserve officer for both the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the Harriman Police Department. Manning joined ORPD in July 2015.
Jerry Parker was born in Hammond, Indiana, and joined the U.S. Army after high school. After 24 years of service, Parker briefly worked at the Crittenden County Detention Center and attended an 18-week Police Academy in Richmond, Kentucky, where he served as an officer for eight years. Parker has two sons and one daughter.
Jeremy Phillips was born and raised in Oak Ridge. After high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a signals intelligence operator/analyst. He has more than 16 years in the intelligence arena, graduated fromt eh Defense Language Institute with an associate’s degree in Spanish, has a bachelor’s degree in business, and is working toward a master’s degree in criminal justice. Phillips is married to his wife of 11 years and has four children.
Jason Robbins was born in Knoxville and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice. In 2012, he attended the Walter State Basic Law Enforcement Academy and graduated with honors. Robbins worked for the City of Athens Police Department for about three years before coming to ORPD.
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