Officers from 3 state law agencies set to speak at...

Officers from 3 state law agencies set to speak at MTSU forum

Three law enforcement officers who work for different state agencies are coming to MTSU Tuesday, Feb. 13, to share their perspectives with students.

Sgt. Charlie Caplinger

Capt. Anthony April

A free public panel discussion titled “What is at STATE?” is slated for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Parliamentary Room, Room 201, of MTSU’s Student Union.

Capt. Anthony April of the Alaska State Troopers commands the agency’s “B” detachment, a unit that covers 52,465 square miles of territory from its base in Palmer, Alaska. The coverage area is slightly larger than the entire state of Arkansas.

Sgt. Charlie Caplinger is a Tennessee Highway Patrol public information officer based in the Nashville area. He has worked for the THP since 2002 and was named Trooper of the Year by the agency in 2010.

Jason Wilkerson is a special agent/criminal investigator with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A veteran of more than 20 years with the TBI, Wilkerson, an MTSU alumnus, is assigned to human trafficking investigations within the agency’s Criminal Intelligence Unit.

Lynda Williams

MTSU alumna Lynda Williams, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences and a former agent for the U.S. Secret Service, invited the officers for students in her “Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration” and “Terrorism and Criminal Justice” courses.

“In an effort to educate students on preparation, knowledge and potential (career) opportunities, I strive to showcase law enforcement personnel from different levels of our government,” Williams said.

A parking map is available at, and off-campus visitors attending the lecture can obtain a special one-day permit at

For more information, contact Williams at 615-898-2630 or

— Gina K. Logue (