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William Forrester, III

William A. Forrester III, Ph.D. Photo
Sergeant; 2020 NIJ LEADS Law Enforcement Officer
Memphis Police Department

Memphis, TN

William Forrester began his law enforcement career with the Memphis Police Department in 2011. He served as a patrol officer at Old Allen Station, Ridgeway Station, and Tillman Station and was a member of the Memphis Police Association’s Contract Negotiating Committee in 2015. In 2017, he was transferred to in the department’s Accreditation and Research Office and promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2021. In 2023, he was appointed to be the department’s accreditation manager. William served six years as a commissioner on the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission. He served for two years on both the commission’s Rules Committee and Informal Hearing Committee. William serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Doctor of Criminal Justice Program at Saint Leo University and a contributing faculty member in the Public Policy and Administration Ph.D. program at Walden University. At both universities, his primary function is to serve on dissertation committees. In addition, he is a Policing Fellow at the National Police Foundation. William holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Bethel University, a M.S. in Data Analytics from Western Governors University, and a BM in Instrumental Music Education. His interests include officer retention, training, application of data science in law enforcement, and internal disciplinary procedures.

Date Created: July 27, 2020