Officer William A. Forrester III

William Forrester has worked for the Memphis Police Department as a police officer since 2011. He is currently assigned to the department’s Accreditation and Research Office. He has also worked in Uniform Patrol and served on the 2015 Contract Negotiating Committee. In addition to working for the police department, he has taught criminal justice at Southwest Tennessee Community college and participates in peer review processes for the National Institute of Justice.

William Forrester was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission in 2016 and was reappointed in 2019. In 2017, he was a member of the POST Commission’s Rules Committee and has served on the commission’s Informal Hearing Committee since 2018.

William Forrester has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. His doctoral research focused on the relationship between job embeddedness and turnover intentions among municipal law enforcement officers. He also has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Bethel University and a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from Lambuth University.