Tom Bashore is the Chief of Police for the Nashville Police Department. He has over 20 years of civilian law enforcement experience and 24 years of military police experience.
Chief Bashore served as an enlisted airman in the United States Air Force from June 1980 until June 1984. He then received his ROTC Commission in the United States Army Reserve and retired at the rank of Captain in November 2004. Chief Bashore is also a veteran of Desert Shield & Desert Storm while serving with the U.S. Army VII Corp. Chief Bashore’s overseas assignments included Japan, Honduras, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands and Germany.
Before being appointed as the Chief of Police in Nashville in November 2012, Chief Bashore served 15 years with the Rocky Mount Police Department. During his law enforcement career, Chief Bashore worked as a patrol officer, school resource officer, narcotics detective, hostage negotiator, narcotics supervisor, and patrol sergeant.
Chief Bashore holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University and a Master’s degree in Leadership from Bellevue University in Nebraska. He holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and is a graduate of the UNC School of Government Municipal and County Administration Course.
Chief Bashore’s military awards and decorations include, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Reserve Achievement Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device.
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein awarded the Dogwood Award to Chief Bashore for his work on the Opioid Crisis in North Carolina in 2017.
In 2017 he was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.