Danny W. Talley was promoted in June 2012 to the rank of Major over the THP Administrative Support Bureau. Prior to his promotion, Major Talley served as Captain of the THP Fall Branch District and Captain/Director of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). Throughout his career with the highway patrol, Major Talley has served several special assignments, including the THP Wolfpack Criminal Interdiction Team, THP Strike Team and U.S. Customs Blue Lighting Strike Force. He has also served as a K-9 handle and police firearms instructor. In 1986, he started his law enforcement carrier as a police officer with the Big Stone Gap, Virginia Police Department. He graduated from the THP Academy in 1987 and began he career as a Tennessee State Trooper, assigned to Northeast Tennessee. Major Talley is a graduate of Walters State Community College with an A.S. degree in criminal justice and a B.S. degree from East Tennessee State University. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the 234th Session of the FBI National Academy.