Franklin Police offer two active shooter emergency response seminars for citizens

(Video shows previous, pre-pandemic classes. Class sizes now limited & socially distanced)

UPDATE: Seminars full — more date/time options will be announced at http://www.FranklinPDnews.com soon. 

The Franklin Police Department has scheduled two, free 1.5 hour seminars designed to help keep citizens safe during the unthinkable.

Because community preparedness can help save lives, Franklin Police want to share information on three main, national best practices:
Avoid, Deny, Defend.

The seminars are free and open to the public
-pre-registration is required-
Class size for each offering is limited to 20

Presentation2WHEN
Wednesday, February 9
10-11:30 am
or
Thursday, February 10
6-7:30 pm

WHERE
FPD Headquarters | 900 Columbia Avenue

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Franklin parents, teens, employers, school and church leaders,
any member of the Franklin community.

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or go to http://www.franklintn.gov/seminar

 

No cameras or recording devices will be allowed into the seminar. Media wishing to interview Franklin Police staff, instructors, or attendees need to make prior arrangements with Franklin Police Public Affairs, Lt. Charles Warner.

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Teen arrested after driving into Centennial High School; damaged school will be closed on Friday

Franklin, January 14, 2022: Update: Franklin Police are confirming that the 17-year-old suspect in Thursday night’s felony vandalism at Centennial High School is a Williamson County School District student. He has been charged with Aggravated Vandalism >$10,000, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Failure to Report a Crash, and Felony Evading.

Although Friday classes were canceled, tonight’s scheduled basketball game at Centennial will proceed as planned.

Franklin, January 13, 2022: At 8:41, Thursday night, Franklin Police responded to a report that a vehicle had driven into Centennial High School. The driver left before officers arrived. Those officers encountered significant damage when they got to the school.

Officers spotted the suspect vehicle a short time later on I-65. The driver refused to stop but was taken into custody by pursuing Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputies at Page High School, on Arno Road, at 9:07 pm.

No one was injured during this incident, which is still under investigation. Charges against the 17-year-old are forthcoming.

Centennial’s campus will be closed on Friday to assess and repair damage.

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Part-time opportunity: Franklin Police now hiring school crossing guards

School Patrol PromoThe Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Crossing Guard.

School Patrol team members work part-time hours and are responsible for pedestrian safety & efficient traffic flow in school zones.

The ideal applicant is assertive but kind, and able to work in varying weather conditions.

Starting pay is $18.85/hour 

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Tips on avoiding tech support schemes, from our friends at Age Well Middle Tennessee

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), tech support schemes are on the rise and 66% of all reports from 2020 were from older adults 60+. In this instance, criminals may pose as a company’s representatives offering to help with issues regarding your bank account, email, or computer software.

The FBI reports that the first contact can occur in many different ways.

  • Telephone: You receive an unsolicited telephone call from a criminal impersonating computer support, bank representatives/support, and utility companies.
  • Search Engine Advertising: Don’t search online to find support numbers, visit the company’s direct website. Criminals pay to have their fraudulent company’s link show higher in search results hoping victims will choose one of the top links in search results.
  • Pop-up message: When an on-screen pop-up message claiming a virus was found on their computer. The message requests the victim call a phone number associated with the fraudulent tech support company.
  • Email: You receive an email warning of support subscription expiration or a potentially fraudulent charge on their account. The victim is encouraged to contact the fraudulent support via phone.

Tips to Protect Against Tech Support

  • Legitimate customer, security, or tech support companies will not initiate unsolicited contact with individuals; nor, demand immediate payment, or require payment via prepaid cards, wire transfers, or mailed cash.
  • Install ad-blocking software that eliminates or reduces pop-ups and mal-vertising, which are online ads that incorporate or install malware. Ensure all computer anti-virus, security, and malware protection is up to date.
  • Be cautious of customer support numbers obtained via open-source searching. Phone numbers listed in a “sponsored” results section might be boosted because of Search Engine Advertising.
  • Resist the pressure to act quickly. Criminals will urge the victim to act fast to protect their device. Legitimate companies will allow time for a person to process and research any questions.
  • Never give unknown, unverified persons remote access to devices or accounts.

(Information courtesy Council on Aging)

WANTED: Roshawn Lamont Cotton; Cash reward for information

UPDATE: Cotton was captured in Columbia, on January 11, thanks to helpful citizen tips.

Franklin Police are looking for 35-year-old Roshawn Lamont Cotton. The convicted felon and registered sex offender failed to comply with his annual registration requirements, and cannot be located.

Cotton may be hiding out in the Columbia, TN area. There is a cash reward for information on his whereabouts.

Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Wanted: Corzell (Cory) Esmon; $1,000 cash reward for information

Franklin Police are looking for 46-year old Corzell (Cory) Esmon. He disappeared following the aggravated assault of an ex-girlfriend in March.

To help aid in this convicted felon’s capture, Williamson County Crime Stoppers has offered a $1,000 cash reward for information that leads to Esmon’s arrest.

Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Franklin Police Officer celebrated for 25 years of service; Officer Nick Grandy retires at Christmas

Officer Nick Grandy began his career with the Franklin Police Department in 1996. He quickly fell in love with serving others after first signing on as a reserve officer in 1993.

In addition to his current assignment as an Evening Shift Patrol Officer, through the years Grandy has been instrumental as a Field Training Officer and member of the Department’s SWAT team. “God has blessed me with a great family to work with at the FPD, and a great community that loves and supports their police officers,” said Grandy. “It has been an honor and pleasure to work with the men and women of the FPD, and to protect and serve the City of Franklin.”

“His retirement creates a void in the FPD family,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will miss Officer Grandy, and his dedicated, professional service to the people of Franklin.”

Officer Grandy plans on spending his retirement years working on his small farm and spending more time with family. Nick’s contributions to the Franklin Police Department have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed by everyone who has had the pleasure of serving alongside him.

COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS & CITIZENS CAN LEAVE THEIR SENTIMENTS AND WELL-WISHES FOR OFFICER grandy BY POSTING THEM IN OUR LEAVE A REPLY FIELD, BELOW.
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Congratulations to recently sworn-in and promoted members of the Franklin Police Department

(Left to right) Sgt. Zach Wolfe, Det. Daniel Ogilvie, Ofc. Evelyn Williams, Ofc. Todd Henderson, Ofc. Tyler Munford, Mari Brooks, Nicole Sears (not pictured: Det. John Toman)

The Department recently celebrated the promotion of five members, at a ceremony at Franklin Police Headquarters.

Detective Zach Wolfe was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Officers John Toman and Daniel Ogilvie were promoted to Detective, Mari Brooks to Records Supervisor, and Nicole Sear to Senior Records Technician.

Sworn-in after recently completing the police academy, Officer Todd Henderson, Officer Tyler Munford, and Officer Evelyn Williams, are all excited to begin serving the Franklin community.

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Thank you, Franklin! Kristi Clark, Carter Oakley FPD Christmas Toy Drive huge success thanks to big-hearted citizens

Big-hearted citizens made the 2021 Kristi Clark, Carter Oakley FPD Christmas Toy Drive a huge success. Franklin Police Officers got to play Santa today, getting these special, hand-crafted toyboxes to 10 Franklin families. Thanks to generous residents, officers had enough toys to fill the 10 boxes, and then some!

From the entire Franklin Police team:
Thank you, Franklin, and Merry Christmas! 

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Avoid Holiday Shopping Scams

This year, many are relying on the convenience of online shopping. Unfortunately, many will also fall victim to unscrupulous people and website scams.

These tips from the IC3 can help you look out for scammers during the Christmas season or any other time of year:

  1. Always get a tracking number for items purchased online so you can make sure they have been shipped and can follow the delivery process.
  2. Be wary of sellers who post an auction or advertisement as if they reside in the U.S., then respond to questions by stating they are out of the country on business, family emergency, or similar reasons.
  3. Avoid sellers who post an auction or advertisement under one name but ask that payment be sent to someone else.
  4. Consider canceling your purchase if a seller requests funds to be paid via a money transfer, pre-paid card, bank-to-bank wire transfer, or gift card. Money sent in these ways is virtually impossible to recover, with no recourse for the victim. Most who ask for one of these forms of payment are perpetrating a scam. A credit card is generally the safest way for consumers to pay for an online purchase.
  5. Avoid sellers who act as authorized dealers or factory representatives of popular items in countries where there would be no such dealers.
  6. Verify the legitimacy of a seller before moving forward with a purchase. If you’re using an online marketplace or auction website, check their feedback rating. Be wary of sellers with mostly unfavorable feedback ratings or no ratings at all.
  7. Always be wary of deals that seem too good to be true.

If you believe you are the victim of an online scam, please report it to your local law enforcement, credit card company/banking institution, and FBI’s IC3.

(Information courtesy Council on Aging)