William Forrester

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration

Dr. William Forrester is a career law enforcement officer. Dr. Forrester has worked for the Memphis Police Department since 2011. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2021 and began serving as the department's accreditation manager in 2023. He was awarded with the departments unit citation in 2011, received the Ridgeway Station Officer of the Month Award in October 2013, and the Executive Administration Officer of the Year Award for 2022. Dr. Forrester has been a Policing Fellow with the National Police Institute since 2018 and was accepted into the National Institute of Justice's Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholars Program in 2020. As a participant in this program, he pursues the advancement of evidence based policing practices.

From 2016 to 2023, Dr. Forrester served as a commissioner on the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission, which is the administrative body responsible for setting the standards for the training and certification of the state's law enforcement officers. While on the commission, he served two years on both the Informal Disciplinary Hearing Committee and the Rules Committee.

Dr. Forrester has experience teaching at the secondary and postsecondary levels. He was the band director at Wooddale High School for the 2007-2008 school. He taught in the undergraduate Criminal Justice Program at Southwest Tennessee Community College in 2014.


PhD, Walden University

MSDA, Western Governors University

MSCJ, Bethel University

BM, Lambuth University

Awards / Honors

2022 Executive Administration Officer of the Year, Memphis Police Department, 2023

Excellence Award, Western Governors University, 2023

Ridgeway Station Officer of the Month, Memphis Police Department, 2013

Unit Citation, Memphis Police Department, 2011


Forrester, W., Defalu, D. (2022). Police Research Advancement Section: Recruitment, Selection, and Retention Webinar. International Association of Chiefs of Police