FPD statement on Wednesday morning school bus crash

bus-crashAt 8:17am, emergency responders were dispatched to a 3-vehicle injury crash involving a Williamson County school bus. All 49 children aboard were evaluated by paramedics. Two students were found to have very minor injuries that did not require additional medical attention. They were released to their parents at the scene. Children who were not picked up by concerned parents, who arrived at the scene after getting word of the crash, were loaded onto another bus and transported to school.

Investigating Officers determined that a westbound motorist was stopped and waiting to turn left from Highway 96 on to Front Street; the school bus was stopped directly behind. The westbound motorist turned left in front of oncoming eastbound traffic and was struck, head-on. That westbound vehicle was spun 180 degrees and then had a secondary collision with the stationary school bus. The drivers of both passenger vehicles were evaluated at the scene for minor injuries. No one involved in this crash was transported to the hospital. No charges have been filed. The crash scene cleared moments ago and the roadway has been reopened.

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Two DUI Checkpoints, Friday; Booze It and Lose It

Friday night, the Franklin Police Department will conduct two sobriety checkpoints to help stop impaired drivers. The checkpoint locations on S. Royal Oaks Boulevard, and on Hillsboro Road, are among the many traffic safety measures used to help prevent DUI crashes. We ask Franklin drivers to exercise caution and never drive while impaired. No life is worth losing to impaired driving.

DUI TrailerThrough grant funding awarded by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, the FPD is provided with support and resources that help to combat impaired driving, including sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, training, equipment, and overtime pay for Franklin Police Officers conducting those checkpoints and patrols.

Did you know that Tennessee law requires the pre-publication of sobriety checkpoints? Learn more at http://bit.ly/1HvvYec.

For more information about the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org, or contact Arriale Tabson at arriale.tabson@tn.gov.

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Franklin Police Lieutenant Celebrated for 27 Years of Service; Lieutenant Kevin Teague to Retire Thursday

Franklin, TN – Friends, family, and fellow officers will meet at Police Headquarters Thursday afternoon at 1:30 to celebrate the career of retiring Franklin Police Lieutenant Kevin Teague, whose first day on the job was October 2, 1989.

kevin-teagueLieutenant Teague’s distinguished career has included assignments to Criminal Investigations, Administration and Support Services, and Field Operations – where as a Special Operations Lieutenant, he most recently managed the Department’s SWAT Team, K9 Unit, and Flex Team. Lt. Teague served as interim Deputy Chief of the Department’s Field Operations Division from October, 2013 to January, 2015. Other special assignments during his tenure include the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force and the Department’s Field Training Unit. Lt. Teague is a proud graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.

After graduating from Franklin High School in 1985, Lt. Teague served in the United States Army as an AH-64 Apache Helicopter Co-pilot/gunner until 1989. Born and raised in Franklin, Lt. Teague and his wife of 27 years, Jennifer, have three children: Tiffany, Tristan, and Ansley, and one grandchild: Landry.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Franklin for the past 27 years,” said Teague. “During my tenure with the Franklin Police Department, I can only hope that I made a positive difference in people’s lives and helped to create a safer community for our citizens.”

Chief Deborah Faulkner said, “Lieutenant Teague has dedicated 27 years to the FPD and the citizens of Franklin. His hard work is valued and appreciated and he will be missed by his many friends and colleagues. We all wish him the very best.”

Franklin Police Department
Professional, Progressive, Responsive
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Franklin Police Recruits Take Police Academy Top Honors

(Master Patrol Officer Matt Lamar, Officer Anthony Alexander, Officer Steve Chittanavong, Officer Connor Jimenez, Officer Branden McClellan, Officer Rebecca Pike, Officer Jonathan Corner, Sergeant Mike Simpkins)

(Master Patrol Officer Matt Lamar, Officer Anthony Alexander, Officer Steve Chittanavong, Officer Connor Jimenez, Officer Branden McClellan, Officer Rebecca Pike, Officer Jonathan Corner, Sergeant Mike Simpkins)

Franklin’s six newest police recruits graduated today from the Walters State Regional Law Enforcement Academy in Greenville, Tennessee. Of the fifty police recruits from across Tennessee, four Franklin Police Recruits were recognized for outstanding performance:

  • Officer Rebecca Pike | Academic Award
  • Officer Steve Chittanavong | Defensive Tactics Award
  • Officer Branden McClellan | Top Shot Award
  • Officer Connor Jimenez | Best Athlete Award

“I am extremely proud of these men and women, and their hard work during training,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will continue to hire and train the best and brightest, because the people of Franklin deserve nothing less.” 

The Department’s newest additions hail from California, Illinois, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Virginia. In addition to the nine weeks they just spent at the academy, the recruits return to Franklin Police Headquarters on Monday, where they will undergo an additional six weeks of in-house training before heading to the street for an additional 14 weeks of field training with a Master Patrol Officer.

Franklin Police Department
Professional, Progressive, Responsive
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Crime Stoppers cash offered for info on power tool thieves

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information on two shoplifters. On November 28, this suspect stole a $429 DeWalt power tool set from the Cool Springs Lowe’s. He left in a white Chevy pickup.

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Then, on December 7, this suspect stole a DeWalt power tool set from the same Lowe’s. He fled with a $200 set after an employee attempted to stop him. This suspect is wanted for questioning in similar thefts in other middle Tennessee cities.

case-2016004608Information about either of these thieves
is worth up to $1,000
with an anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
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SILVER ALERT: 78-year-old dementia patient drove away from a residence in Franklin, missing

Update: Clifton Sledge has been found. Silver Alert Canceled.

SledgeFranklin Police have issued a *SILVER ALERT* for 78-year-old Clifton Sledge. He found a set of keys and unexpectedly drove away from his home, near Carothers Parkway and Murfreesboro Road in a 2006 black Chevy Impala with Tennessee registration C 1231 J , at 4:20pm. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, khaki pants, and glasses.

If you see Sledge or his vehicle, call 911.

 

Franklin Police, FBI Investigating Attempted Berry Farms Bank Robbery

101799-city-of-franklin-police-department_3x3logo-02Franklin Police and the FBI are investigating an attempted bank robbery. At 10:45 am, the suspect entered the Franklin Synergy Bank at 40 Moss Lane. Once inside, he approached the teller counter and announced the robbery. The suspect, however, fled before receiving any money.

Police are seeking a white male suspect, 5’7″ with a medium build. The suspect was described as having tan, leathery skin and a white goatee. He was last seen wearing a blue and grey plaid flannel jacket, a yellow construction vest, and tan pants. The suspect is said to have noticeably yellow teeth in very poor condition. Surveillance photos of the suspect were not available at the time of this release.

A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000
is being offered for information in this case:
(615) 794-4000
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Fraternal Order of Police to Spend $30k on Local Kids at “Shop With a Cop,” Sunday in Franklin

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Sunday morning, police officers from all across Williamson County will help make Christmas for families who are down on their luck this year a little brighter.

The Morris Heithcock Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #41, in Franklin, will hold their annual Shop with a Cop event at the Franklin Walmart from 7-9am. 150 children from pre-screened families have been selected to do their Christmas shopping with local police officers who will spend more than $30,000 generously donated by local residents and businesses.

“This is something that we look forward to every year,” said Lodge President and Franklin Police Detective Andy Green. “The help that we’re able to provide Williamson County families who have had a challenging year is only possible because of the community’s generosity, and an incredibly caring group of men and women who wear a badge.” 

Media interested in covering this event is approved, by Walmart, to be on the property and inside of the store located at 3600 Mallory Lane, Franklin, TN, Sunday morning.

Family who lost daughter, grandson to tragedy builds, donates toy boxes in their honor; Franklin Police host toy drive to fill them

dsc00915On February 16, 2015, Kristi Clark and her 10-year-old son, Carter Oakley, were hit by a semi and killed after they got out of their car to help five people in an overturned SUV on an ice-covered I-65 in Franklin. Nearly two years later, Kristi’s parents, Brad and Bonnie Lewis, stay very much in touch with members of the Franklin Police Department. Now the bond brought about by tragedy will bring help to needy families this Christmas, in memory of two good Samaritans who died helping others in need.

Mr. Lewis, a skilled craftsman, has built 10-wooden toy boxes in Kristi and Carter’s honor. He and his wife have donated them to the Franklin Police Department. Now, Franklin Police Officers want to fill them with toys for needy Franklin families. “Kristi and Carter’s lives were cut short while they were helping others,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We are now honored to help others in their memory.”

The Franklin Police Department needs new toy donations to fill the toy boxes made by Kristi’s dad, Carter’s grandpa. Citizens can bring a new, unwrapped toy for children up to 12-years-old and leave it in the toy box in the Franklin Police Headquarters Lobby. New toy donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Monetary donations are unable to be accepted.

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Proud partners of the FPD Kristi Clark, Carter Oakley Memorial Toy Drive include Franklin Rotary at Breakfast, the Cool Springs Belk Security team, Franklin’s Law Enforcement Assistance Partnership, and caring Franklin citizens.
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