Les Tannehill has lived in Hinds County his entire life where he lived in Jackson, MS until the age of 5 and his family moved to Terry, MS. In 1974 he graduated with honors from Terry Academy and was named to the Beta Club. He was also very active in sports and his senior year was named All-Conference defensive end. In 1973 as a junior in high school Les was nominated and selected to the national organization Who’s Who among outstanding American High School Students partly because of his leadership skills. This is an organization that represents 2 ½% of the 6,000,000 students enrolled in the junior and senior classes of the nation’s high schools. He has always displayed strong leadership as a Boy Scout troop leader, 4H and President of his Sunday School Class. Les Tannehill has owned, broke, trained and showed horses ever since he has been 15 years old. In 1978 Les began his law enforcement career with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff J D McAdory and the Terry Police Department. In 1980 Les Tannehill made the move to advance his law enforcement career by applying for the Jackson Police Training Academy. He was accepted and after a 16-week training course graduated 8th and of a class of 36. While at the Jackson Police Department Les was recognized on numerous occasions with commendations and awards for his dedication to the citizens of Jackson and for going above and beyond the call of duty. In 1990 received sole custody of his 2-year-old daughter whom he raised by himself until she was grown. In 1992 Les Tannehill began his career with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff Malcolm McMillin. While working under Sheriff McMillin Les worked in the jail, the patrol division, the warrants division, formed and commanded the intelligence division, formed and commanded the flex unit and the major crimes investigation unit. He worked on several federal task force with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) and the US Marshals Office. While serving as an Investigator Les was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and then Lieutenant. Once again, he was recognized on numerous occasions with awards and commendations for his dedication to the citizens of Hinds County and for going above and beyond the call of duty. In 2006 Les left the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office to start his own successful company Affirmative Investigations and Security LLC. As a private investigator Les was able to free 4 innocent individuals who were wrongly accused and indicted of crimes, they didn’t commit all the while exposing the true guilty parties. Also, he has worked closely with law enforcement agencies to return valuable property to victims of crime from who the property was stolen. Les also worked on a case, along with other investigators, on an Innocence Project case to ensure 3 individuals who were wrongfully incarcerated received compensation. Les served as part-time Simpson County investigator under sheriff Kenneth Lewis and was currently sworn in as a Hinds County Deputy on June 16, 2021, by Sheriff Lee Vance. Les Tannehill’s security firm for the past 5 years has been responsible for the safety and security of over 300 campers at a summer youth camp n Hinds County. Also being responsible for the safety and security of over 40 international counselors and staff from Israel, Poland, Mexico, Guatemala, and England without one security issue. Les Tannehill has spent over half his life going above and beyond the call of duty, even if it meant working on is own time without compensation, to see to it that citizens are protected, victims of crime receive justice and the guilty are held accountable. To date Les has received 10 officer of the year awards, a sheriff’s commendation medal and 61 written commendations.
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