The Tennessee Association of Law Enforcement Analysts was born in
February of 2013 when 6 analysts met in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
These analysts wanted to start something that would bring all of our
Crime and Intelligence Analysts together in Tennessee and
bordering States to train and network and help each other learn his/her
functions better within their Agencies. Thus TALEA was started.
Below is your TALEA current Executive Board.
Cathia A. Moon is the first and only crime and intelligence analyst for the Murfreesboro Police Department. Cathia has been an analyst for Murfreesboro Police since March 2013. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and received her Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Cathia is currently studying to gain her Masters of Science in GIScience from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. She is excited to lead the association for the next two years and has goals to increase membership and offer trainings for analysts in Tennessee and surrounding states. It is vital that we all work together and build a relationship of trust so that we can share crime related information with each other. As it is always said, crime knows no boundaries and is usually committed by the same people. The more we know about crime, the better we can fight it. Cathia enjoys traveling, studying Roman/Greek history, outdoor activities, cooking, and studying subjects as related to the crime and intel analysis field.
Vice President of Administration
David Gordon has over 10 years of experience in Crime and Intelligence Analysis as an Analyst with the Oak Ridge Police Dept., Erie Crime Analysis Center (ECAC) in Buffalo, NY, and the US Army. David has a BA in Political Science from the University at Buffalo (SUNY). In his current assignment he has been asked to create and run the Crime Analysis Section for ORPD. In his previous assignment at the ECAC he worked as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst where he was assigned to the Homicide Unit, Sex Offense Unit, Accident Investigation Unit, FBI, ICE, and local police units focusing on violent offenders, Most Wanted Criminals, finding missing persons, and pioneered the use of social media for investigative all-source analysis at the ECAC. David is a NY State Certified Crime Analyst and has over 4 years of experience as a federally sworn officer for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and US Customs and Border Protection. In the US Army he earned the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in combat by providing critical intelligence analysis, asset prioritization and targeting, and liaison efforts with national level agencies. He has attended numerous crime and intelligence analysis training courses and has been a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts for over five years. He has taught crime analysis presentations at Roane State College, Neighborhood Watch Groups, Citizens Police Academy, and the Oak Ridge Landlords Association. David is a proponent of Intelligence-Led Policing and a fan of Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe. He enjoys keeping up with current and world events, news and trend analysis, and traveling.
Lt. Larry Pace
Vice President of Membership
Lt. Larry Pace started his Police Career in 1980 at the Houston Police Dept. in Texas. After 32 years of Policing he has spent 15 years in Patrol Division and 17 years in Criminal Investigations Division as an Investigator and later as a Supervisor in that Unit. Two years ago he was tasked with starting a new Crime Analysis Unit at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. The only experience he had as far as crime analysis was mapping crime for his Detectives using ArcGIS. After attending multiple schools for crime mapping and crime analysis, he is now able to analyze crime in his County and produce analytical products for the Command Staff and the Patrol Officer on the street so they’re more equipped for their functions within the Department. After going through the past two years I see the great importance of a statewide Association for analysts. It will give us the opportunity to meet other analysts and help each other better ourselves at our Agencies. I’m excited about the possibilities of the Association and encourage all analysts within our State and surrounding States to join TALEA and help us help other analysts throughout the State. We must also help promote Crime Analysis to those Agencies that don’t currently have a full time analyst.
Michelle Prickett is currently assigned to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) of the Criminal Investigation Division at the Headquarters of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) in Nashville. Her duties include: providing intelligence to law enforcement, conducting statistical analysis to identify potentially fraudulent medical providers and aberrant billing patterns, and preparing quarterly and annual reports. Michelle Prickett was previously assigned to the Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC) for eight years. While in the TFC, she was an Intelligence Analyst in the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the (TBI). During her time in the TFC, SA Prickett’s assignments included: the Statewide Gang Program, where she assisted with the 2015 Comprehensive Gang Report and served as a member of the TN Gang Investigators Association (TNGIA) and also the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association (IOMGIA). She was also the State Coordinator for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for four (4) years. In addition, she was assigned to the Missing Children and AMBER Alert Program and served as a member of the East Tennessee Child Abduction Response Team (CART). Finally, she was assigned to the TBI Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Program, Human Trafficking Program including the 2011 Human Trafficking Study, assisted with the Tennessee Blue Alert Program’s inception, and the Mobile Command Post-Critical Incident Response Team. Prior to being in the TFC, she was a Forensic Technician in the Evidence Receiving Unit of the TBI’s Crime Laboratory for two (2) years. She has been with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for approximately ten (10) years. Michelle Prickett is an Honors graduate as a double Major recipient from Cumberland University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.
Melinda Harris is the Senior Crime Analyst at the Chattanooga Police Department. She built the unit to 4 analysts who provides all levels of Crime Analysis to include administrative, DDACTS, intelligence, gang, & predictive analytics.
She holds a B.S. from Tennessee Technological University. Prior to joining the department in 2010, she has over 20 years of private sector work as a DBA and GIS Administrator.
Daily Reports include statistics, crime mapping, & predictive analytics for districts and units, media and public presentations as well as for grant applications. Access point for Open Records Requests for citizens and public officials. Frequently an integral part at public information meetings and at area schools. Crucial participant in the upgrade and automation of our RMS system in 2013 and wrote 90% of all sql queries necessary after upgrade for all departments.