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.”