2021 TALEA Executive Board
David Gordon has over 15 years of experience in law enforcement as a Crime Analyst, Crime Analyst Supervisor, and as a sworn federal officer. He was a Sergeant and Squad Leader over a team of Intelligence Analysts with the US Army and served in combat in the Middle East. David was hired as part of the initial cohort of analysts that started at the Erie Crime Analysis Center (ECAC) in Buffalo, NY. He was then recruited to create the Crime Analysis section at the Oak Ridge Police Department in TN and served there for almost 7 years. He left Oak Ridge to become the Crime Analysis Supervisor in Ventura CA. Recently, David moved back to TN to become the Director of the Security Threat Group/Intel Unit under the Office of Investigations and Conduct at TDOC. David has a BA in Political Science from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and has attended and taught numerous training classes on crime and intelligence analysis. He was a founding member of TALEA and has served on the Board in various roles since its inception in 2014.
VP Of Administration
Mr. Nick Nickles is a Senior Intelligence Research Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with over 30 years of combined Intelligence experience between Military Intelligence and Criminal Intelligence. He retired from the United States Navy Reserves as a Lieutenant in 2012, after having served over 20-years as an Intelligence professional. He served on Active Duty during the Gulf War and was mobilized twice as a Reservist in support of Military Intelligence operations for the Kosovo Campaign and in the aftermath of 9/11. His military commands have included the Joint Intelligence Center for the Pacific in Pearl Harbor, the Tactical Support Center in Sigonella, Italy, and the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, DC. He has been with ATF for 16-years and is the Senior Intelligence Research Specialist within the Nashville Field Division, covering the states of Tennessee and Alabama. He has been an instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and has developed and implemented Standard Operating Procedures and training plans for the Crime Gun Intelligence Center. He has been recognized by ATF at a national award ceremony for his work in the field. He has a BA in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca University, Nashville.
Lindsay Witter began her career as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst in 2006 in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio where she joined the Delaware County Drug Task Force. During that time, Lindsay was presented a Civilian Service Award by the Westerville Division of Police for her analytical assistance in disrupting a large scale Drug Trafficking Organization. In addition, the Delaware County Drug Task Force was recognized for Narcotics Unit of the Year by the Ohio Narcotics Association of Regional Coordinating Officers (N.A.R.C.O.) for their success in dismantling a large scale cultivation operation. In 2013, Lindsay and her family relocated to Nashville and she joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Lindsay serves as the Intelligence Analyst to the Special Investigations Bureau, the TIES Terminal Agency Coordinator, and liaison to the Tennessee Fusion Center. Lindsay developed a strong passion for the criminal justice system in her 18 years of experience. She has obtained her Crime & Intelligence Analyst Certification through California State University, Sacramento.
Jennifer has been a Crime Analyst for almost 3 years with the Chattanooga Police Department, where she serves as the Violent Crimes Analyst, which includes managing the daily Shots Fired report and Homicide log. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Communications and later earned her MBA. Jennifer began her career with the City of Chattanooga in 2006 as an Accounting Technician for the City’s art and performance venues, managing their financial records. She then transitioned to the Police Department where she managed the Property Crimes Investigators’ case files.
VP Of Membership
Amy Hilliard has worked for the Jackson Police Department since 1993. During that time she has worn many hats. Starting out as a secretary in the Criminal Investigations Division where she transcribed case files, jail phone calls and interviews. The department started a Gang Unit and she was assigned to that unit to Gang member files for classification. She also worked in the Patrol Division assessing allocated calls for service times, patrol briefings and administration. In 2001 she moved to the Metro Narcotics Unit, where she served as an Office Manager/Analysis.
TALEA Representative Council
Middle Tennessee Representative
Whitney Norman has been with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department since 2016. She is currently an Intelligence Analyst for the Specialized Investigations Division’s Counter Terrorism Unit. She also works with MNPD’s Narcotics and Interdiction Unit, Gang Unit, Crime Gun Unit, and Prostitution and Gambling Unit. Whitney started her career out as a Police Operations Assistant working for the Gang Unit where she kept track of gang members in Davidson County and the Crime Gun Unit where she analyzed NIBIN and PSN data. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Campbellsville University.