Sgt William A. Forrester III, Ph.D.


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 2015 Contract Negotiating Committee. In 2017, he was transferred to his current assignment in the department’s Accreditation and Research Office. William is serving his second term as a commissioner on the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission; he was initially appointed by Gov. Haslam in 2016 and was reappointed in 2019. He served on both the commission’s Rules Committee and Informal Hearing Committee.

William is an NIJ LEADS Scholar and a Policing Fellow with the National Policing Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Bethel University. His research interests include officer retention, training, predictive policing, and internal disciplinary procedures.