Josh May

Sergeant Josh May is a 22-year veteran of the Chattanooga Police Department (Tennessee), currently assigned to the Organized Crime Unit where he supervises the Gun Team, a unit that utilizes ballistic forensics (NIBIN) to link shell casings to guns, guns to people and people to crimes. Before conceptualizing and bringing the Gun Team into existence, Sgt. May served as the Focused Deterrence Coordinator from 2015-2018. This position headed up the CPD’s portion of the Violence Reduction Initiative, which uses targeted enforcement (heavily relying on intelligence-led and data-driven policing techniques combined with social network analysis) on the main perpetrators of violence within the city.

Prior to his promotion, he was assigned to the Gang Unit from 2009-2014 where his responsibilities included providing intel for the Violence Reduction Initiative (VRI), upkeep of the gang validation list, organizing and presenting classes and presentations to various organizations as well as performing daily investigative functions (proactive patrol, gang member identification and prosecution, etc).  Josh has also worked in Fox and George teams, serving as a field training officer (FTO) from 2005-09.

Josh is a member of both the TNGIA (Tennessee National Gang Investigators Association) and NGIA (National Gang Investigators Association) and has been all over the country teaching classes on gangs, focused deterrence methods, and NIBIN integration into investigations. Since 2018, over 40 different agencies have sought his expertise in establishing a proactive firearm unit utilizing NIBIN technology. Josh also served with Chattanooga Police Department SWAT Team for 10 years from 2005-2015.  He is a 6 time “Chiefs Coin” recipient, 2013 Life Saving Award winner, and both the 2017 Optimist Club Officer of the Year and the 2017 CPD Chiefs Award. In 2018 Josh wrote the narrative for the East Tennessee PSN Grant ($50,000 over 2 years) that was awarded to the CPD. Additionally, in 2020, Josh wrote the narrative for both the BJA CGIC (Crime Gun Intelligence Center) Grant (3 years $700,000) that was awarded to the CPD, thus establishing Chattanooga as a Crime Gun Intelligence Center as well as the funded 2023 PSP Capacity Building Grant ($500,000 over 2 years). Josh was named the CPD “Supervisor of the Year” for 2023. The CPD Gun Team CGIC was named one of 3 recipients of the 2023 ATF Excellence in Crime Gun Intelligence awards. In addition to working for the CPD, Sgt. May is also a Subject Matter Expert in the area of Crime Gun Intelligence and is a consultant for both the National Policing Institute (NPI) and the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), vising over 40 agencies assisting with CGIC infrastructure set up. native of Memphis, Tennessee, he holds a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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