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Help police in Franklin ID this car thief

Franklin Police are looking for information about an auto theft suspect who stole a black, 2014 Toyota Rav4 from the Eagles Glen subdivision.

The vehicle was stolen from the driveway after the owner left her keys and purse in the unlocked vehicle. This video shows the suspect lurking in the area on the morning of the theft.

There is a cash reward if you think you recognize the suspect.

Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip


Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of Franklin burglar

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward to anyone who can identify this December 24 burglar. At 4:00 am, he threw a landscaping rock through the glass door to McAlister’s Deli on Cool Springs Boulevard. 

Once inside, the burglar forced open two cash registers and rummaged through the business for other valuables. Responding officers were alerted to the in-progress burglary when the alarm was activated by the forced entry, but the suspect was gone before they arrived. 

Take a look at the tattoo or moles above the burglar’s right eye. 

Recognize him?
Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip



Franklin Police Lieutenant celebrated for 29 years of service; Lt. John Lawrence retires today


Lt. John Lawrence began his career with the Franklin Police Department February 3, 1992. Prior to achieving the rank of Lieutenant, Lawrence has enjoyed serving the Department and Franklin community as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member and commander, and Patrol Sergeant. His most recent assignments include Chief Firearms Instructor and Rangemaster.

Lt. Lawrence grew up in Arkansas before joining the Army, where he served as an Infantryman, in the 101st and Korea. Lawrence continued his service to America in The National Guard and Army Reserve for 21 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant.

Lt. Lawrence has degrees from Arkansas State University and MTSU. He is also a Class 252 graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.

“Lt. Lawrence has served both his country and the City of Franklin,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “He accomplished so much as a member of the FPD. I am grateful for him and wish him the best in his retirement.”

John’s contributions to the Franklin Police Department over the past 29 years have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed by his Franklin PD family.

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


URGENT: Franklin / Williamson County Communication Outage

The widespread Nashville area communications outage has impacted most of Williamson County 9-1-1 lines and many of the non-emergency numbers used to reach public safety organizations throughout the county.

For police, fire, or medical assistance call: (615) 790-5550 

AT&T customers and others experiencing a cellular outage may be able to utilize their mobile phone to place calls and to send and receive text messages while connected to WiFi. To activate WiFi calling, follow the instructions below:

 iPhone Users:

  1. Be sure you are connected to a working WiFi network
  2. Go to settings and click “Cellular”
  3. Click on “Wi-Fi Calling”
  4. Slide “Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone” to ON
  5. Click “Enable” Wi-Fi Calling
  6. Follow the prompts to enter your home address and then click “Verify address. or confirm”

Android Users:

  1. Pull down the notification shade and long-press the Wi-Fi icon to enter Wi-Fi settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select “Wi-Fi Preferences”.
  3. Tap “Advanced”.
  4. Select Wi-Fi Calling and flip the switch to “On”.

If you have a monitored burglar, fire, or medical alarm – your alarm may not currently notify emergency responders. The only reliable way to currently request police, fire, or medical assistance in most of Williamson County is by calling: (615) 790-5550.

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Franklin Police Officer celebrated for 25 years of service; Officer Ed Baynes retires at Christmas

Officer Ed Baynes began his 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department in 1995 as an Emergency Dispatcher. Quickly falling in love with serving others in crisis, he soon transferred to the Patrol Division as a full-time Franklin Police Officer and has enjoyed serving the Franklin community ever since!

In addition to his current assignment to the Department’s Field Operations Division, Baynes was instrumental, as a Field Training Officer, in training dozens of new Franklin Police Officers. “I intentionally stayed in patrol for my entire career because that’s where I’ve loved serving,” said Baynes. “Wearing a uniform and driving a police car every day gave me an incredible opportunity to interact with some amazing citizens whom it’s been a distinct honor to serve.” 

“Officer Baynes has dedicated his life to protecting the people of Franklin,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “His professionalism and caring attitude inspired all of us. We wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Officer Baynes has called the Franklin area home since he was 13. He looks forward to spending more time with family and working with his church. Ed’s contributions to the Franklin Police Department over the past 25 years have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed by his Franklin PD family.

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


FPD bids farewell to long-time employee, Angie Hardemon

Today the Department bids farewell to a beloved, long-time employee, Angela Hardemon. Angie, as her friends call her, started her career with the Franklin Police Department as an Emergency Dispatcher in 1984. Since that time, she has served as a Parking Enforcement Officer, Records Clerk, Administrative Assistant, and currently serves as the Department’s Records Unit Supervisor. Today is her last day on the job.

Service to the community runs in Angie’s family. Her mom, Miss Eddie retired from the City Clerk’s Office in 2013, her brother, Keith, serves in the Street Department, and her daughter, Alicia, is a Victim/Witness Advocate with the District Attorney’s Office. A proud Franklin High School graduate, Angie has always called Franklin home.

“Ms. Hardemon has worked so hard for so long,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “She has always been focused and dedicated to the Franklin Police Department. She deserves to have this special time with her family. We will all miss her smile.”

Retired Sergeant, Barbara Derricks

In her distinguished career, Angie has served under six different Franklin Police Chiefs, and fondly remembers Sergeant Barbara Derricks (Ret.) encouraging her to apply at the FPD in 1984. “Sgt. Derricks was so encouraging, and helped to give me a start at a career I’ve loved for decades,” said Hardemon. “I’ve had some incredible opportunities along the way and will be forever grateful for my FPD family. They’ve helped shape me, and taught me what being a good person and leader is all about.”

Angie’s thoughtfulness and her daily presence at Headquarters will be missed by her colleagues and life-long friends. She looks forward to spending more time with family, especially her 9-month-old grandson, Uriah Matthew Campbell.


Franklin Police needs your help solving this home burglary case

Franklin Police are investigating a home burglary on Hatfield Drive in Southwinds Apartments on 12/18/2020 at approximately 12:27am.  The suspect gained entry into the residence thru the sliding glass back door.

Detectives are asking residents in the area to check their home surveillance systems for any footage that might help identify a suspect.  A reward of up to $1000 is being offered for information to help solve this case.

Call Crime Stoppers if you can help: (615) 794-4000 or click to submit an anonymous eTip.


Crime Stoppers Cash offered for info in attempted pawn shop burglary

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information about an attempted burglary at the Music City Pawn, located at 1203 Murfreesboro Rd, in Franklin.

Shortly before 5:00 am, Sunday morning, officers responded to a burglar alarm at the business and discovered that the front door glass had been shattered. The suspects got away empty-handed in this two-tone, late 90’s dark blue and gray GMC Yukon.

Call Crime Stoppers
with information: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip


Missing Child Alert: Franklin Police need your help to find 8-year-old boy

8:45 pm: UPDATE | “Lyle” has been safely located. Triplett has been arrested.

Franklin Police are asking for the public’s help to find an 8-year-old boy who is believed to be in danger.

Paul “Lyle” Sykes is believed to be his mother, Bethany Triplett, in a black Toyota Avalon 4-door with the Tennessee license plate 7W6 307.

This missing child alert comes after Triplett fled from her Franklin home this afternoon, with Sykes, during an active police investigation. Detectives fear that he may now be in danger.

If you see the missing child or vehicle,
call 9-1-1

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Avoid Holiday Shopping Scams

This year, more than in past years, many are relying on the convenience of online shopping. Unfortunately, many will also fall victim to unscrupulous people and website scams.

These tips from the IC3 can help you look out for scammers during the Christmas season or any other time of year:

  1. Always get a tracking number for items purchased online so you can make sure they have been shipped and can follow the delivery process.
  2. Be wary of sellers who post an auction or advertisement as if they reside in the U.S., then respond to questions by stating they are out of the country on business, family emergency, or similar reasons.
  3. Avoid sellers who post an auction or advertisement under one name but ask that payment be sent to someone else.
  4. Consider canceling your purchase if a seller requests funds to be paid via a money transfer, pre-paid card, bank-to-bank wire transfer, or gift card. Money sent in these ways is virtually impossible to recover, with no recourse for the victim. Most who ask for one of these forms of payment are perpetrating a scam. A credit card is generally the safest way for consumers to pay for an online purchase.
  5. Avoid sellers who act as authorized dealers or factory representatives of popular items in countries where there would be no such dealers.
  6. Verify the legitimacy of a seller before moving forward with a purchase. If you’re using an online marketplace or auction website, check their feedback rating. Be wary of sellers with mostly unfavorable feedback ratings or no ratings at all.
  7. Always be wary of deals that seem too good to be true.

If you believe you are the victim of an online scam, please report it to your local law enforcement, credit card company/banking institution, and FBI’s IC3.

(Information courtesy Council on Aging)

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