A member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol from DeKalb County has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the THP Nashville District.
Charlie Caplinger of Smithville is among six members of the THP who were recognized for promotions by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security in a special ceremony Tuesday at the Tennessee Highway Patrol Training Center in Nashville. Commissioner Bill Gibbons, Deputy Commissioner Larry Godwin, Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott, and Assistant Commissioner David Purkey were on-hand to congratulate the recipients.
Caplinger has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the THP’s Nashville District, serving as a Road Sergeant in Robertson County. He has served as a Trooper in this district since he was commissioned in 2002. The Smithville native started his THP career in Robertson County as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer. He was transferred to Wilson County as a road trooper in 2004. Caplinger remained in Wilson County until 2008 when he was transferred to the ACES (Alternative Commercial Enforcement Strategies) program under the Special Programs section. Caplinger serves on the Nashville district STRIKE team and has numerous commercial motor vehicle certifications including Level 1, Haz-Mat, Cargo Tanker, and Compliance Review. He has attended Northwestern University School of Police Personnel and was named Trooper of the year in 2010.