Update: Escaped prisoner still at-large

Approximately 40 Franklin Police Officers assisted in the search for escaped prisoner Joseph Ray Perkins. We suspect that Perkins may have used the stolen Vulcan Materials truck to flee the Franklin area following his escape from custody early this morning. Our officers remain in close communication with partner agencies as the search for Perkins continues.

If you spot Perkins, call 9-1-1.
Call 1-800-TBI-FIND if you have
information on Perkins’ whereabouts.

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Police searching for truck stolen from Downs Boulevard

Franklin Police are searching for a vehicle stolen from Vulcan Materials, 1001 Downs Boulevard, sometime during the overnight hours.

2007 4-door white F250
TN license plate: 36H 1037

It is not currently known if the stolen vehicle is related to Joseph Perkins, the escapee being sought in Franklin.

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Update: Search for escaped prisoner continues in Franklin

The search for Joseph Ray Perkins continues in Franklin this morning after he escaped from THP custody outside of the Williamson County Jail.

Franklin Police, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, and Tennessee Highway Patrol are coordinating efforts to find Perkins, on the ground and in the air.

Perkins is likely desperate, and area residents should avoid being outdoors if possible. Residents should ensure that their homes and vehicles are locked. Please do not leave an unattended vehicle running, or with keys or a gun inside.

Perkins is a violent felon with a lengthy history. He is 6’2” and weighs 180 pounds. He was wearing a white t-shirt, gray shorts, and handcuffs.

As we continue to search for Perkins, area residents are urged to be vigilant. If you see Perkins, call 9-1-1.

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Search for escaped prisoner underway in Franklin; Residents asked to be vigilant this morning

At 1:18 am, Franklin Police were notified that a prisoner who was being walked into the Williamson County Jail had escaped.

While a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper was preparing to take 31-year-old Joseph Ray Perkins into the Williamson County Jail, on Century Court in Franklin, Perkins emerged from the Trooper’s vehicle, assaulted the Trooper, and then fled on foot. The Trooper was uninjured, but Perkins, who had managed to slip his handcuffs from behind his back during transport, is currently at-large.

Joseph Perkins, who was wanted in Alabama for First Degree Burglary, is a violent felon with a lengthy history. He is 6’2” and weighs 180 pounds. When Perkins escaped he was wearing a white t-shirt, gray shorts, tennis shoes, and handcuffs. His shoes have been found in a nearby rock quarry. It is highly likely that Perkins is still on foot in the area.

As we continue to search for Perkins, area residents are urged to be vigilant as they head out this morning. Do not leave vehicles running or unlocked and unattended, and be sure that your home is secure when getting ready for work. If you see Perkins, call 9-1-1.

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

Now through July 6, the Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Police Officer. Under limited supervision, Franklin Police Officers patrol assigned zones while exercising responsibility for the enforcement of state and local laws relating to public safety and welfare. They control traffic, prevent crime and disturbances of the peace, and arrest violators. While working under often stressful, high-risk conditions, our officers apply good independent judgment when dealing with dangerous or unusual situations, and implement 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


Help Franklin PD identify two credit card crooks

Franklin Police are working to identify these suspects, wanted for using a stolen credit card to rack up more than $1,000 in fraudulent charges at the Columbia Avenue Target on May 11. Investigators are hopeful that this recently obtained surveillance photo will help lead to an identification and arrest.

Recognize them?
Cash in with an anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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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 using credit cards stolen from a victim’s purse, who inadvertently left it in the ladies’ room at the Galleria. The purse was later turned in but the wallet was missing.  The suspect pictured here used the stolen credit cards at several area businesses. She was driving this white Pontiac with a maroon trunk.

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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Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of two shoplifters

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of these suspects. They are wanted for shoplifting about $100 from Gabe’s on Galleria Boulevard, June 19. Call Crime Stoppers if you know who they are.

Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000

Do work that matters: FPD accepting applications for School Patrol; Apply today

School Patrol PromoThe Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Patrol. Under general supervision, School Patrol team members are responsible for pedestrian safety and efficient vehicular traffic flow in assigned school zones.

Duties include directing vehicular traffic and ensuring the safety of children and other pedestrians attempting to cross traffic lanes in school zones. A high school diploma (or GED equivalent) is required.

The ideal applicant must be assertive, tactful, and able to work in varying weather conditions. Starting salary is $17.50/hour.


Franklin Police Raise Blue Star Flag Honoring Fellow Officer Serving in the Middle East

Franklin Police Officers have raised a Blue Star Flag to honor a fellow officer recently deployed to the Middle East. This Blue Star Flag (also called the Service Flag) is to honor the mission of Franklin Police Officer Steve Chittanavong, currently serving with the United States Air Force. Officer Chittanavong was sworn-in as a Franklin Police Officer on January 12, 2017.

“More than 30% of our staff is made up of U.S. Military Veterans,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “I am proud of their service to our Country and community.”

The Blue Star Flag honors active-duty military members serving during a period of war or hostilities.

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