Dale Lane is our candidate for Shelby County Sheriff. He’s fighting for a Safer Shelby.

Dale Lane is the Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness. He oversees homeland security and emergency management activities for Shelby County. This includes coordination with the State Homeland Security Office and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Dale began his public safety career in 1987 as a patrol officer with the Millington Police Department. In January 1989 he joined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office as a patrolman in the Uniform Patrol Division and progressed through the ranks to Chief Inspector until his appointment by Mayor Luttrell.

As a Sheriff’s Deputy, Dale served on the Interstate Drug Interdiction Team, the K-9 Unit, and the Sheriff’s Street Crime Unit and the Metro Gang Unit. He was assigned to the Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. Team in 2002 as the team commander. In 2004 he was selected as a member of the Governor’s Law Enforcement Counter-Terrorism Support Element. He has also served as an associate member of Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). He has served as the Homeland Security Division Commander, the Assistant Director of Training, and Uniform Patrol Division Commander.

Dale is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Memphis Metropolitan Association of Chiefs of Police, and the FBI National Academy Associates. He has also served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board for Southwest Tennessee Community College. He has also served on the board of the Tennessee Gang Investigator’s Association.

Dale Lane holds a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Crichton College, and an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Southwest Tennessee CC.

Dale is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. The FBI National Academy is recognized as an international leader in law enforcement management training. He has also completed the Secret Service National Threat Assessment and Dignitary Protection Schools in Washington, D.C.

In 1990, Dale Lane received the Outstanding Performance award from the Shelby County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. In 1999 He received the Optimist Club Officer of the Year award. In 2004 he received the Southwest Tennessee Community College Alumnus of the Year award. In 2008 Dale Lane received the Governor’s/Infraguard Meritorious Service Award. In 2012 he received the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) First Responder of the Year award Memphis District. He also received the 2012 VFW State Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Dale is an adjunct instructor in the Organizational Leadership program at Union University.

Dale and Karen have been married since 1987 and have three adult children, Kyle, Kara, and Karley, and one grandson, Braxton.