Media FAQs

What is the TBI?
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is Tennessee’s primary criminal investigative agency. In that role, the Bureau is responsible for providing support to local law enforcement agencies in joint investigations and investigate crimes at the request of the local District Attorneys General for each of the state’s 31 Judicial Districts.
How do you get involved in cases?
There are two different ways. We have Original Jurisdiction to investigate crimes related to drugs, fugitives, public corruption, official misconduct, organized crime, illegal gambling, Medicaid provider fraud, patient abuse, social security administration fraud, cyber crime, domestic terrorism and employees or prospective employees of the Bureau or the Department of Safety. A second way we can become involved in a case is by Request, most often from a District Attorney General.
How can I check on whether charges are dismissed against an individual, or when a court date might be scheduled?
Issues that are related to the prosecution of a case should be directed to the courts or the District Attorney’s Office for that particular judicial district.
Can you add me to your E-mail distribution list?
To subscribe to the our distribution list for releases, simply send an email to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.TN.GOV and type “Subscribe TBIMEDIA” in the message body. Generally, we issue news releases upon the arrest or booking of a subject implicated as a result of TBI casework. We post those on our website, our Facebook page, our Wordpress blog (to which you can subscribe), and to our Twitter account. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at TBI.Media@tn.gov.
Where can I get a copy of an indictment or affidavit from an arrest warrant?
Those are filed with the Clerk’s office or Court’s office for the county in which the indictment or arrest occurred.
Do you have a seal I can use for a graphic?
I did a phone interview with one of your PIOs. Do you have a picture of them I can use?
Absolutely. Check out the 'Media Contacts' page on the left for pictures and biographies of our Public Information Officers.
I'd like a rough overview of the Bureau and its operations. Where can I find out more?
It might be a great idea to review our Annual Report, posted online. Let us know if you have any follow-up questions.
I need to find out crime statistics to add context to a story. Can you help?
Absolutely. Check out the public website on www.TNCrimeOnline.com. This database uses information submitted to TBI through the Tennessee Incident-Based Reporting System (TIBRS). It can be a bit tricky to navigate your first time, so if you have trouble, just reach out to our office.
Are you just a state version of the FBI?
No. Though a lot of our work mirrors and complements the work of our federal partners, we have a unique charter and mission to serve the people of Tennessee. We also have unique laws guiding our work.
I have an Open Records request. Where should I send that?
You can mail those to:
TBI Public Information Office
Open Records Request
901 R.S. Gass Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37216


Alternatively, you can complete our Open Records Request form and E-mail it to TBI.Media@tn.gov.
I’d like to see an investigative report on a TBI case. Can you help me with that?
We’re sorry, but no. Tennessee state law dictates that all TBI investigative records are confidential.
Are you on Social Media?
You bet. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and WordPress by clicking the links in the 'Social Media' section below.