Update on Saturday bomb threat

After conferring with the TN Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, Franklin Police Detectives have determined that Saturday’s threat at Jamison Station was one of many received across the country via a wireless printer. We continue to work with local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities involved in related investigations. We believe this was a hoax and that individuals involved were not local.


Trespasser arrested after brutal attack on construction site manager

Gerard P. Kalbfell
Age: 43
Franklin, Tennessee

An aggravated assault suspect is free on bond after attacking a construction manager who caught him trespassing.

A police investigation led to yesterday’s arrest of 43-year-old Gerard Kalbfell, of Franklin, following the May 26 attack at a Tower Circle construction site. The victim, a site manager, challenged Kalbfell who was trespassing in the construction site at approximately 8:00 pm. During the encounter, Kalbfell choked and repeatedly punched the victim. Kalbfell then went into his own trunk where he retrieved a bottle he used to repeatedly strike the victim in the head and mouth. The victim was eventually able to run to a passing car for help. Kalbfell fled, but was arrested yesterday after an investigation led to his identification as the suspect.

Kalbfell, charged with the felony offense of Aggravated Assault, is free on the $25,000 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on June 8 at 1:00 pm. The victim was transported to the Williamson Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

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A reminder about golf carts, unregistered low-speed vehicles, and unlicensed teens

Now that summer break has started, Franklin Police want to remind citizens that operating a golf cart on Tennessee public ways is illegal. Area residents have reported seeing an increase in the number of unlicensed, teen drivers traveling through subdivisions on golf carts and low speed vehicles. In response to those complaints, Franklin Police want to remind the public of the law, and the Police Department’s responsibility to enforce it.

Golf Cart (55-1-123): A motor vehicle that is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and equipped with safety belts installed for use in the left front and right front seats, and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 mph.

  •  Anyone caught operating a golf cart on a public way, except to cross at a 90 degree angle, will be cited.

Low Speed Vehicle (55-1-122): Any 4-wheeled electric or gasoline vehicle, excluding golf carts, whose top speed is greater than 20 mph but not greater than 25 mph including neighborhood electric vehicles. Low speed vehicles must comply with USDOT standards in 49 CFR 571.500.

  • Anyone caught using a low speed vehicle on a public way must be in compliance with Tennessee child restraint laws; violators will be cited.
  •  Unlicensed drivers caught operating a low speed vehicle on a public way will be cited.
  • Anyone observed operating a modified golf cart that fails to meet each of the requirements in 49 CFR 571.500 will be cited.

Low speed vehicles, registered with the State of Tennessee, may be operated only by licensed drivers, and only on streets with a 35 mph or lower speed limit. Low speed vehicles must be equipped with the following:

  • Headlamps;
  • Front and rear turn signals;
  • Tail lamps;
  • Stop lamps;
  • Red reflectors on both sides and the rear;
  • Mirrors on the driver’s side and either interior or passenger side exterior;
  • Parking brake;
  • A windshield that conforms to the Federal motor vehicle safety standard on glazing materials (49 CFR 571.205);
  • A vehicle identification number that confirms to the requirements of part 565 (Vehicle Identification Number) of this chapter, and
  • A Type 1 or Type 2 seatbelt assembly conforming to Sec. 571.209 of this part, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No., 209, Seat Belt Assemblies, installed at each designated seating position.


Fundraising phone scam making its way through Franklin

A few Franklin residents have received telephone calls requesting donations to buy bullet proof vests for police officers. This is a scam. The Franklin Police Department does not solicit donations for police equipment, and there are no fundraising campaigns underway that benefit the FPD.

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Franklin Police offer two active shooter emergency response seminars for citizens in June

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

It can happen anytime, anywhere – and it does. Acts of mass violence in public places and work settings continue to rock communities throughout the world to their core. “Franklin Police Officers always stand at the ready to deal with the unthinkable,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Community preparedness, combined with law enforcement response to these situations, can make a difference – and save lives.”

Franklin Police Officers will share with citizens, employers, and community leaders, way to improve their response to an unforeseen, mass violence encounter. During both of the one and a half hour seminars, officers will discuss three main, national best practices: Avoid, Deny, Defend.

The seminars are free and open to the public – but pre-registration is required.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017
6-7:30 pm
Monday, June 19, 2017
9-10:30 am

Franklin Police Headquarters
900 Columbia Avenue

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


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

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Crime Stoppers reward offered for shoplifting suspect

Franklin Police hope to identify this suspect, wanted for attempting to steal $178 in merchandise from the Cool Springs Macy’s. When confronted by store security, the suspect dropped the stolen merchandise and fled on foot. It happened at about 1:00 p.m. on May 19.

Information about this suspect
is worth up to $1,000 with an anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

School’s out, vacations are planned, and Franklin Police are ready to help keep you safe

Today is the last day of school for Williamson County students. While kids and their parents are gearing up for fun, the FPD is ready to help keep Franklin families safe this summer. Officers are giving away footballs and cell phone pocket stands with the FPD’s non-emergency number in case you need to ask us a question or report suspicious activity. The giveaways are printed with the hashtag #FPDsafesummer, which will be used throughout the season on @FranklinTNPD Twitter to highlight summer safety messages.

 “Summer is a special time,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We want Franklin families to have fun and make incredible memories – and we want them to stay safe while they do it.” Franklin Police Officers will be stepping up patrols in neighborhoods, focusing on speed and traffic safety, and increasing visibility in places like the City’s parks and shopping venues.

While many are getting ready to travel this summer, Franklin Police Officers are offering a little extra peace of mind. While you are away, neighborhood officers will help keep an extra eye on your home.

To take advantage of this free service, complete this online form,
or call (615) 794-2513.

Franklin Police Department
We’re here for you
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