Today at Headquarters, Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner administered the law enforcement oath to 10 new Franklin Police Officers. An exhaustive testing and evaluation process identifies the best candidates before they undergo a demanding 33-week training program designed to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to serve the Franklin community.
Three veteran officers were recognized during the ceremony, attended by fellow officers and City Administrator Eric Stuckey. Officer Jeff Carson was named January’s Officer of the Month for his role in establishing surveillance that led to the arrest of two felony shoplifters. The arrests resulted in the recovery of more than $3,000 in merchandise stolen from area retailers. Officer Jane Teeples was named February’s Officer of the Month for her role in finding a missing 90-year-old man with memory loss. The man was found to have gotten confused and locked himself in a building under construction near his home. If not for Officer Teeples’ actions, the man would have quickly deteriorated due to weather conditions, missed medications, and lack of nutrition. Toyota – Cool Springs, and Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram are proud sponsors of the Department’s Officer of the Month Program. Each month they honor a Franklin Police Officer’s accomplishment with a commemorative plaque, and a $150 check for the officer to donate to the charity of their choice.
Chief Faulkner bestowed Officer Phillip Wise with the Franklin Police Department Lifesaving Award Medal for his actions that saved a man, from himself. Officer Wise went to great lengths to locate a distraught man who was actively in the process of committing suicide. Instinct and action allowed Officer Wise to save a life that would have been, otherwise, cut short — leaving a legacy of hurt, and regret.
“I am so proud of these officers, and the differences they have made,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Every member of our Department can make a difference for someone, big or small, every day that we try. That is why we wear this badge.” Today’s ceremony was attended by fellow officers, family members, and City Administrator Eric Stuckey.