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Chief's Welcome Message


Welcome and thank you for visiting Nashville International Airport (BNA) Police Department's webpage. This webpage is one of the many ways the department strives to communicate with our community members. My goal for this website is to provide you with useful information that will keep you informed and provide you with insights into the Airport Police family.

Nashville International Airport's Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a dual-certified agency that provides full police and aircraft rescue and firefighting services. In addition to these services, the department also provides emergency medical services to airport visitors.

The department oversees the identification office, which ensures employees who work at our airport align with our security requirements, and the Airport Communications Center, a state-of-the-art facility that is operational 24/7 to coordinate our community’s requests for emergency and non-emergency services.

Our focus and dedication is to provide the public with uninterrupted travel through BNA with the comfort of knowing that you are protected as a passenger, visitor or employee. We are grounded in the precept that we are a service organization with a clear and distinct mission of serving the traveling public and the aviation community.

The department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1996. Nashville International Airport was the first airport in North America to have its police department become CALEA certified. It is currently one of only eight airport police departments to have this designation.

DPS is also state accredited through the Tennessee Law Enforcement Agencies (TLEA) since 2017. The TLEA Program was created under the direction and authority of the Tennessee Association Chiefs of Police (TACP), which promotes and gives its utmost support to the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications services by establishing professional standards of accountability, management and operation.
The Airport Communications Center is also a CALEA accredited communications agency; earning the initial accreditation award in 2005. The Airport Communications Center is the first and only accredited airport communications center in North America.

Our organization is committed to hiring qualified individuals who are inspired to serve the airport community. Our department hosts several recruiting events throughout the year to provide interested candidates with more information and an opportunity to meet and speak with some of our officers and communications technicians. Based on interest, testing dates for public safety officers are scheduled throughout the year for candidates interested in starting the process. For more information, click the Airport Police Training and Recruitment link on the home page.

Thank you once again for visiting the Nashville International Airport Police webpage. 


About the Chief

Chief of Police and Assistant Vice President of Public Safety W. David Griswold is a 35-year law enforcement veteran. Chief Griswold began his law enforcement career with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) in 1983. He left TBI in 2004 as the interim director. In 2004, Chief Griswold became Deputy Inspector General for the Office of Inspector General for the state of Tennessee. Chief Griswold remained in this position until his appointment as Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety for Nashville International Airport in 2013. In November of 2017, Chief Griswold was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Public Safety /Chief of Police acquiring control over and direction of the Airport Communications Center and the Emergency Operations Center.

Chief Griswold is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is also a FBI National Academy graduate, attending the 164th session of the FBI National Academy in 1991.

Chief Griswold’s focus has been to strengthen the agency’s accountability, both within the department and throughout the community. He serves as a board member with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. Modernization of the facilities and equipment are a priority but reinforcing professional standards have been paramount to maintaining the high levels of professionalism, training and experience of the fine men and women who serve BNA.