Franklin Police Department’s K9 Thor and K9 Jager have been awarded a bullet and stab protective vests

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The Franklin Police Department’s K9s Thor and K9 Jager have been awarded ballistic vests thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  The vests will be embroidered with the sentiment “This vest provided in memory of K-9 Aron”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $1050.00 and has a 5-year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1468 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.3 million dollars.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their signature tank top is now available online for a $20.00 donation at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufactured by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or the website: http://www.vik9s.org.

Driver Slams Into Police Car; Dash-Cam Shows Importance of Move Over Law, Again

We see this same scenario play over, and over across America: Drivers who fail to obey the Move Over Law – smashing into police cars, injuring and killing police officers. The most recent case in Franklin happened at 10:30 Tuesday night.

On 06/23/2015, an officer was assisting a stranded motorist on the shoulder of I65 South near Peytonsville Road. The officer was in a marked car, with blue lights flashing. In this video, you will see the officer protecting the right lane where a tow truck driver has just finished loading the stranded motorist’s car onto his flatbed. The video shows the tow truck driver getting back into the truck moments before 52-year-old Elizabeth Dorgan, of Murfreesboro, slams into the police car protecting him.

Dorgan was cited, by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, for Disobeying the Move Over Law and not having Proof of Insurance. The police car she hit is out of commission, pending significant bodywork; the officer is at home recovering.

The Move Over Law was enacted to save the lives of police officers, and others who put themselves in harm’s way – in service to our communities. We all want to go home safe to our families at the end of our shifts, just as badly as everyone else. We deserve that.

Those who fail to obey the Move Over Law are subject to a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail – which is nothing, when compared to what not moving over could cost someone else. Please #MoveOver.

DUI Checkpoint, Friday; Booze It and Lose It

Nationally, one in three traffic fatalities are a result of an alcohol-impaired driving crash. Friday night, 06/26/2015, the Franklin Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Hillsboro Road.

In 2014, the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office awarded the Department with a $50,000 grant to use for anti-DUI initiatives including DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, training, equipment, and overtime for officers working this checkpoint.

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DUI suspect arrested after car found abandoned, him pantless

James A. Scott Date of Birth: 12/09/1970 1502 Wilson Pike Brentwood, TN 37027

James A. Scott
Date of Birth: 12/09/1970
1502 Wilson Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027

Last night at 11:00 pm, police dispatchers received a call about a reckless driver on Highway 96 West. An officer patrolling the area discovered the vehicle, facing the wrong direction, abandoned on the shoulder of 96W near Glass Street. The driver was found behind a nearby bush, wearing no pants, no shoes, and his shirt on backwards.

James Scott, 44, of Brentwood, was charged with DUI and Violation of the Implied Consent Law. He is free on a $7,500 bond and due in court 07/02/2015 at 1:00pm.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed
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Badges, Blue Lights, & Police Imposters; how to tell the real thing from a fake

Real or Fake Spread

A legitimate police badge will always be accompanied by a photo ID, signed by the Chief of Police, identifying the holder as a commissioned law enforcement officer (as shown in center).

Police badges and blue lights are meant to be symbols of trust and authority. In the wrong hands, however, badges and blue lights bought in stores and online can be used by criminals to trick victims.

A badge clipped onto a belt or pinned in a wallet does not always mean that someone has police authority. If someone who is wearing a police ID vest, or who quickly flashes a badge tries entering your home or asks you to step out of your car, ask for their police credentials. All sworn officers in Tennessee are required to carry an identification card with their picture and signature of the Chief of Police, clearly stating that they are a commissioned law enforcement officer. No legitimate officer will ever hesitate to let you see and examine his or her credentials. A real police officer will never become upset about authenticating who they are.

The Franklin Police Department uses a combination of uniformed officers in marked police cars, and plain-clothes officers in unmarked cars. None of our unmarked police vehicles has a single blue light on the dash. We use a combination of professionally installed emergency lights that can be easily seen 360°, and all of our vehicles are equipped with a siren.

If you have any doubt about whether you are dealing with a real police officer, call 911. Dispatchers can easily authenticate if the person with whom you are dealing is a real officer, or an imposter. If you feel unsafe pulling over for an unmarked car, slow way down and turn on your flashers to signal to the officer that you see him. Pull over into a well-lighted area where others are present. You can also call 911 to ask a police dispatcher to verify that it is a real police officer pulling you over.

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Franklin Man Charged Following Foiled Bank Robbery

Franklin Police have formally charged 58-year-old Ricky Wornell, of Franklin, with Aggravated Robbery.

A Fieldstone Farms branch, Fifth Third Bank employee rushed to lock Wornell out of the bank after seeing him approach the entrance, shortly after 1pm today, wearing a heavy coat, carrying a backpack, and pulling a bandana over his face.

Ricky R. Wornell Date of Birth: 02/15/1957 528 Sugartree Lane Franklin, TN 37064

Ricky R. Wornell
Date of Birth: 02/15/1957
528 Sugartree Lane
Franklin, TN 37064

Employees, locked safely inside, provided police dispatchers with a good suspect and vehicle description, and direction of travel. Franklin Police Detective Richard Spaulding spotted Wornell’s vehicle near the Spencer Creek Subdivision, where he was conducting special patrols as part of a home burglary operation Chief Deborah Faulkner recently initiated. Detective Spaulding, who was driving an unmarked vehicle, followed Wornell to the Maplewood Subdivision where he and backup units stopped and arrested him.

Chief Faulkner said, “I am proud of the work our officers do, everyday – but I am especially proud today.” Chief Faulkner commends the bank employee, whose attentiveness and quick action stopped Wornell in his tracks, and kept people inside safe.

“Chief Faulkner’s experience and leadership are readily apparent,” said Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey. “Her plan for protecting residents from at-large burglary suspects netted a bank robber today. I commend her and our Police Department team for doing an incredible job of keeping Franklin the safe community we can be proud to call home.”

Wornell, charged with Aggravated Robbery, is being held on a $100,000 bond. He is due in court 07/02/2015 at 1:00 pm.

Alert bank employee foils robbery; Franklin Detective patrolling for home burglars makes the capture

PrintA bank employee’s keen eye and quick actions foiled a robbery today in Franklin. The employee rushed to lock the door as a man wearing a heavy coat, carrying a backpack, and pulling a bandana over his face approached the entrance. It happened at the Fifth Third Bank, 2040 Fieldstone Parkway, shortly after 1pm. The suspect fled in a vehicle after being locked out of the bank.

Employees, locked safely inside, acted quickly to report the incident, providing police dispatchers with a good suspect and vehicle description, and direction of travel. Franklin Police Detective Richard Spaulding spotted the suspect vehicle near the Spencer Creek Subdivision, where he was conducting special patrols as part of a home burglary operation Chief Deborah Faulkner recently initiated. Detective Spaulding, who was driving an unmarked vehicle, followed the suspect to the Maplewood Subdivision, where he and backup units stopped and ultimately arrested the suspect.

“While out on patrol in an unmarked police vehicle, and on the lookout for suspects in last week’s string of burglaries, a detective spotted the suspect vehicle in this attempted bank robbery,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “I am proud of the work our officers do, everyday – but I am especially proud today.” Chief Faulkner commends the bank employee, whose attentiveness and quick action prevented a bank robbery, and kept people inside safe.

“Today’s arrest did not happen by accident,” said Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey. “Chief Faulkner’s experience and leadership are readily apparent. Her plan for protecting residents from at-large burglary suspects netted an attempted bank robber today. I commend her and our Police Department team for doing an incredible job of keeping Franklin the safe community we can be proud to call home.”

The suspect, being held on suspicion of attempted robbery, is being questioned at Franklin Police Headquarters. Additional information regarding his identity and formal charges is forthcoming.

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