Franklin Police Detective celebrated for 27 years of service; Detective Darren Barnes to retire, Friday

Franklin Police Detective Darren Barnes, a Williamson County native, began his 27-year career with the City of Franklin in 1992 as a police dispatcher, reserve police officer, and volunteer firefighter. In 1993, Barnes transferred to the Patrol Division as a full-time Franklin Police Officer. During his 15 years on patrol, he served as Field Training Officer, a member of the Department’s Community Oriented Policing Unit and Community Action Team. Barnes also served as a Crisis Negotiator. Soon after his promotion to Detective in 2007, Barnes was assigned to the FBI’s Violent Crime and Gang Task Force, where he investigated serious violent crimes, tracking down dangerous gang members and fugitives. After returning to the Franklin Police Department in 2019, Detective Barnes was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, Major Crime Unit.

His distinguished career includes recognitions for excellence in both crime-fighting and community service. Detective Barnes is a three-time recipient of the United States Attorney Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement. In 2007, he received the Hope Award for his role in providing and installing an air conditioner for a Franklin resident in need. Detective Barnes is the Franklin Police Department’s 2014 Detective of the Year.

“Detective Darren Barnes has served the Franklin Police Department for over 27 years with professionalism, pride, dedication, and courage,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “He has worked tirelessly to protect our citizens. He has many friends at the FPD and will be greatly missed by all of us.”

Colleagues, friends, and citizens can leave their sentiments and well-wishes for Detective Barnes by posting them in our Leave a Reply field, below. 

18 thoughts on “Franklin Police Detective celebrated for 27 years of service; Detective Darren Barnes to retire, Friday

  1. Darren, you’ve been incredible to work with! The work you’ve done here has mattered. You are appreciated, your contributions have been huge and will never be forgotten. You will be missed!

  2. DB – thank you for your years of service to Franklin. Best wishes in your well-deserved retirement!

  3. Detective Barnes,
    Congratulations on your retirement from the City of Franklin Police Department.
    Your commitment to the City is a huge reason that we have become such a successful and desirable community. Thank you so much for your service .
    Best wishes and Have a Merry Christmas!!
    Margaret Martin

  4. Darren, Thank you for your fantastic service to this community. Much like Andy and I in our impending retirement, we hope you enjoy your days ahead…and look us up once in a while. We’d love to see you. Congratulations, Donna and Andy Willoughby

  5. Darren I appreciate all the help and support you provided while I was principal of Middle College. The county would never provide me with an SRO officer but I knew I could always rely on you for help and advice. Enjoy your retirement.
    Harold Ford

  6. Darren,
    So proud of you. If I had a son, I would have wanted him to be just like you. You are an inspiration to law enforcement family. Congratulations and I wish the best for you and your family. We need to get together soon and celebrate both our retirements. Mine is in January after 38 years. I love and miss all of you.

  7. Darren,
    So proud of you. If I had a son, I would have wanted him to be just like you. You are an inspiration to law enforcement family. Congratulations and I wish the best for you and your family. We need to get together soon and celebrate both our retirements. Mine is in January after 38 years. I love and miss all of you.

  8. Congratulations on your retirement. You have served the citizens of Franklin well. It was a pleasure to have served with you. God bless you as you begin your next stage of life!

  9. Wow DB you are way to young to retire! Ha! If anyone wants to know the real Darren Barnes, I could tell them a few stories from your childhood. Kidding aside, congratulations on your retirement. Mom, Dad and I would love to see you and your family and catch up sometime.
    ~~~God Bless You~~~
    Perrie Gibbons

  10. We want to thank you for your service and dedication to our community.
    Congratulations on your retirement. You will be missed.

  11. Congratulations, Darren. Enjoy every minute of retirement. Somebody else can have a chance to catch all those bank robbers now!

  12. As a garden variety citizen, I thank you for an outstanding quality of life you have provided for myself and my family here in Franklin. I am comforted to know you were a training officer. It gives me encouragement that your work ethic will live on long after your much deserved retirement!

  13. Darren, you are a really good guy and really good guys make really good cops! Congratulations, and try not to do like me, since I retired I have worked harder than ever.

  14. Detective Barnes, thank you for your service that you provided to the City of Franklin and its citizens. You were a great help to my son Jason Wilson in 1995.

  15. Congratulations on your retirement!! Thank you for your service to this community. We appreciate you and your fellow brotherhood. Best wishes in the years to come for you and your family.

    ❤️G

  16. Thank you Detective Barnes for your years of service to our community. I wish you a wonderful retirement!❤❤❤

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