Franklin Police share insurance/identity scam alert from Williamson County Department of Health

This information is from the Williamson County Department of Health. Because of its relevance to Franklin, Williamson County residents, the Franklin Police Department is re-posting the information here, in its entirety. Our hope is that the information will help protect Franklin residents from this scam.

The Williamson County Health Department has been notified by several individuals of a potential scam in which people are contacted via telephone by a caller asking for health insurance information. The calls appear on caller ID to come from the Williamson County Health Department.

The scam reportedly involves a man who calls potential victims from a number that displays as the Williamson County Health Department. When the calls are answered, the scam artist either hangs up or asks for personal information including health insurance information from those contacted.

The health department does not contact people by phone to request personal information such as health insurance information and warns everyone not to share any personal information in this manner. When patients are making appointments for services at a local health department, the health department clinic staff member may ask who the patient’s insurance carrier is, but will not ask for policy numbers or other details over the phone. Health department representatives do not contact people who are not patients to request such information.

The Williamson County Health Department has notified law enforcement about this matter. Anyone with questions or concerns about an unauthorized disclosure of health insurance or other personal information should contact his or her local law enforcement agency.

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Do you recognize this shoplifter?

Franklin Police want to identify this suspect, wanted for shoplifting approximatelety $500 in women’s Nike apparel from the Cool Springs Macy’s on December 27. She left in a silver Mazda hatchback.

Information about this suspect’s identity
is worth up to $1,000
with an anonymous call to

Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000

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Franklin Police Department Seeking Qualified Police Officer Applicants; Increased salary for TN certified officers

The Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Police Officer. Under limited supervision, patrols assigned zone while exercising responsibility for the enforcement of state and local laws relating to public safety and welfare. Controls traffic, prevents crime or disturbances of the peace, and arrests violators. While working under often stressful, high-risk conditions, applies good independent judgment when dealing with dangerous or unusual situations and implements safe practices and procedures.

$19.25/hour for non-P.O.S.T. – Certified applicants
$21.77/hour for P.O.S.T. – Certified Officers

Education and Experience:
The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of an Associate’s degree or equivalent from two-year College or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Certifications/Licenses:

  • Eligible to become P.O.S.T. certified
  • At least twenty-one years of age
  • Licensed and qualified to operate a firearm
  • Valid Tennessee driver’s license


Franklin Police searching for hit & run driver who injured officer

The search is on for the suspect who injured a Franklin Police Officer in a hit and run crash early Saturday night. The officer was on a traffic stop when a dark-colored Chevy struck the squad car and then fled the scene. It happened just before 5:00 pm on Mallory Lane and W. McEwen Drive. The force of the crash slammed the officer’s partially open car door into his leg. The officer was transported to the hospital and later released.

A cash reward is being offered for information in this case.
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or text 615FPD and your anonymous tip to 847411
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Franklin Police Officers rescue woman that suspect assaulted, zip tied in condominium parking lot

Randall Murphy
Age: 29
Franklin, Tennessee

A violent felony suspect is in custody after Franklin Police Officers found him on top of a woman he had zip tied, and was holding captive on Boyd Mill Avenue.

Officers were summoned to the Laurelwood Condominiums shortly before 3 am after residents were awakened by the woman screaming for help. Arriving officers found 29-year-old Randall Murphy, a resident there, holding a woman down in the parking lot. When officers ordered Murphy to get off of the woman, they found that he had restrained her with zip ties. Murphy had injured the victim so badly that she required surgery. Murphy told citizens who came to the woman’s aid, during the attack, that he was a police officer. Murphy is not a police officer. Randall Murphy and his victim had been involved in a previous relationship.

Murphy, charged with Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, and Criminal Impersonation, is being held on the $528,000 bond set by the Magistrate. The woman Murphy assaulted is recovering in an area hospital.

Visit the Franklin Police Department’s website
for information on how to get help
and protection from domestic violence

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A letter of thanks: To Franklin citizens for their generosity this Christmas

Dear Citizens,

The men and women of the Franklin Police Department are incredibly grateful for your generosity. On November 29, we asked you to help us by donating toys for kids whose families are down on their luck this year. Your response left us with overflowing toy boxes, and hearts. Because of your giving, Franklin Police Officers and Franklin Rotary at Breakfast members were able to share some much-needed joy with some very special families this Christmas.

Chief Deborah Faulkner said, “The Franklin Police Department would like to thank our neighbors for responding to our call for toys. We were able to fill Mr. Lewis’ toy boxes with some incredible toys. I am certain these gifts will make some children very happy on Christmas Day. We are so grateful to be able to do this for the second year. Out of incredible tragedy came Christmas magic.  Thank you Franklin.”

The Franklin Police Department Kristi Clark, Carter Oakley Christmas Toy Drive began because Brad and Bonnie Lewis wanted to honor the lives of their daughter and grandson who were both tragically killed on I-65 in 2015. The toy boxes, built out of love by the Lewis family, were filled by the generosity of Franklin citizens. Franklin Police Officers delivered the overflowing toy boxes to local families this morning – all in remembrance of two good Samaritans who lost their lives helping others; two good Samaritans whose spirits of helpfulness are still alive and well in Franklin.

With humility and thanks,
Your Franklin Police Officers


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Man who approached girl getting off bus identified in misunderstanding

Yesterday afternoon, Franklin Police asked for the public’s help to identify a man driving a light gray, older model 4-door Ford Escort station wagon. He was reported to have approached a 12-year-old girl as she got off the bus on Edgewood Boulevard, Tuesday afternoon.

That man came to Franklin Police Headquarters after learning officers wanted to speak with him. Officers who spoke with the man say that this was a simple misunderstanding and that the man is not suspected of any wrongdoing or ill intent. The young girl in this case did exactly the right thing, by walking away from the stranger’s car and immediately reporting the incident to her mother.

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Franklin Police Officers undergo peer support training as part of Chief’s 2018 wellness initiative

Today, 10 Franklin Police Officers are receiving peer support training as part of the Department’s 2018 goal of increasing the overall health and wellness of its officers.

“Police officers respond to incredible tragedy,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We help people during some of the worst moments of their lives. Memories of those tough moments can linger in our hearts and on our minds, and it’s important that we have officers in place who can help their peers make sense of it all once the dust settles.”

Today’s training, hosted by Metro Police, touches on topics like resiliency, substance abuse, and police shootings. Chief Faulkner hopes that an increased 2018 focus on wellness keeps officers healthy and sound, so they can be their best while serving the Franklin community, and while they are at home with their own families.

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Franklin Police Sergeant Celebrates 32-Year Career; Sergeant Gary Haufmann retires

After 32 years of service to the Franklin Community, Sergeant Gary Haufmann is retiring.

Sgt. Haufmann joined the Department in 1985. Fresh out of Belmont College, Haufmann was drawn to a career with the Franklin Police Department because of the opportunity it gave him to serve his childhood home in a special way.

Haufmann grew up in Franklin’s Meadowgreen neighborhood, graduating from Franklin High School in 1980. Haufmann was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1991 – a role he says has been perfect for him.

“I’ve really enjoyed being a police officer in my hometown,” said Haufmann. “After being promoted to sergeant, I knew that I wanted to take care of the men and women I supervised and enjoyed watching over them as they watched over our city.”

Haufmann served for three years in Criminal Investigations and three years in the Department’s Administrative Division. During his assignment there, Haufmann hosted several sessions of the Department’s Citizens Academy. The remainder of his 32-year career was spent patrolling Franklin’s streets.

“What I’ll miss most is spending time with the good people I’ve worked with through the years,” said Sgt. Haufmann. “I’m looking very forward to relaxing with my wife and investing more time at home with family.”

Tonight is Sergeant Haufmann’s final tour of duty. The Franklin Police Department thanks Sgt. Haufmann for his service, and wishes him the very best in his next chapter.

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Recognize this thief? Cash in by calling Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

Franklin Police want to identify this thief, wanted for shoplifting two Coach wallets from the Cool Springs Dillard’s on December 11. The wallets are valued at $150/each. The suspect was driving a blue or gray newer model Chevrolet Malibu.

A cash reward of up to $1,000 is available, 
with an anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
anonymous eTip > click here
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