Ken Tanner is a graduate of Southern High School and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He began his Law Enforcement career as a Security Police Officer in 1990. In 1995 after leaving the military, he was hired as a cadet and Officer with the Jefferson County Police Department patrolling the east end of the county including the Middletown area.
Shortly after being selected to the Training Unit, the merger of county and city governments resulted in the creation of one of only four accredited training academies in the state of Kentucky. He held positions as a full-time in-service, basic training and firearms training instructor at the Louisville Metro Police Training Academy until his retirement in December of 2019.
Ken has dedicated his Law Enforcement career to the training and enrichment of new and veteran officers through his passion of teaching and personal development. He has served on several specialty units throughout his career including an Emergency Services Team, Dive Search and Rescue Team, Special Response Team and Dignitary Protection Team. Ken has been decorated several times including three meritorious unit citations, two lifesaving awards and the meritorious service medal.
Having a passion for learning, Ken has continued his education goals throughout his time as an officer earning two undergraduate degrees from Jefferson Community College and the University of Louisville and a graduate degree from the University of North Alabama.