Franklin,TN – The Franklin Police Department held a promotion ceremony today to officially present the badges and rank insignias to three Franklin Police Sergeants. Each will now be responsible for overseeing different areas within the department.
Eric Anderson has been promoted to Lieutenant over emergency communications. Scott Butler has been promoted to Lieutenant over professional standards. John Lawrence has been promoted to Lieutenant over training. “It is always an exciting time when the department can make promotions. These three new Police Lieutenants are outstanding law enforcement professionals and I am proud to both know them and have them on my executive team,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. Lieutenant Anderson was hired in 1999. He has been a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Problem Solving Team, and a Firearms Instructor Team. In 2004, he was promoted to the detectives division and became involved in investigating internet crimes against children. In 2007, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised the Special Victims Unit. In 2011, he returned to uniformed patrol as a shift sergeant and lead the Crisis Negotiation Team. Lieutenant Anderson holds a master’s degree in education and attended the Northwestern University CPS Police Staff and Command Program. Lieutenant Butler was hired in 1997. He was a patrol officer for nine years prior to moving to Professional Standards Section. In 2007, he was promoted to Sergeant and put over the Professional Standards Section. He is a firearms instructor and has successfully lead the department through two accreditation inspections. Lieutenant Butler holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and has completed the Georgia Military College’s Basic Leadership Program. He has served as a college criminal justice adjunct instructor and is a winner of the 2013 International Defensive Pistol Association’s Tennessee State Championship Match. Lieutenant Lawrence was hired in 1992. He was a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team as well as Commander over the team. In 2000, he was promoted to Sergeant and worked in the patrol division. He has over 21 years of prior military experience between active duty, National Guard, and the Reserves. Lieutenant Lawrence holds a bachelor degree in criminal justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.