Franklin Police offer two active shooter emergency response seminars for citizens

(Video shows previous, pre-pandemic classes. Class sizes now limited & socially distanced)

UPDATE: Seminars full — more date/time options will be announced at soon. 

The Franklin Police Department has scheduled two, free 1.5 hour seminars designed to help keep citizens safe during the unthinkable.

Because community preparedness can help save lives, Franklin Police want to share information on three main, national best practices:
Avoid, Deny, Defend.

The seminars are free and open to the public
-pre-registration is required-
Class size for each offering is limited to 20

Wednesday, February 9
10-11:30 am
Thursday, February 10
6-7:30 pm

FPD Headquarters | 900 Columbia Avenue

Franklin parents, teens, employers, school and church leaders,
any member of the Franklin community.

or go to


No cameras or recording devices will be allowed into the seminar. Media wishing to interview Franklin Police staff, instructors, or attendees need to make prior arrangements with Franklin Police Public Affairs, Lt. Charles Warner.

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Teen arrested after driving into Centennial High School; damaged school will be closed on Friday

Franklin, January 14, 2022: Update: Franklin Police are confirming that the 17-year-old suspect in Thursday night’s felony vandalism at Centennial High School is a Williamson County School District student. He has been charged with Aggravated Vandalism >$10,000, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Failure to Report a Crash, and Felony Evading.

Although Friday classes were canceled, tonight’s scheduled basketball game at Centennial will proceed as planned.

Franklin, January 13, 2022: At 8:41, Thursday night, Franklin Police responded to a report that a vehicle had driven into Centennial High School. The driver left before officers arrived. Those officers encountered significant damage when they got to the school.

Officers spotted the suspect vehicle a short time later on I-65. The driver refused to stop but was taken into custody by pursuing Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputies at Page High School, on Arno Road, at 9:07 pm.

No one was injured during this incident, which is still under investigation. Charges against the 17-year-old are forthcoming.

Centennial’s campus will be closed on Friday to assess and repair damage.


Part-time opportunity: Franklin Police now hiring school crossing guards

School Patrol PromoThe Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Crossing Guard.

School Patrol team members work part-time hours and are responsible for pedestrian safety & efficient traffic flow in school zones.

The ideal applicant is assertive but kind, and able to work in varying weather conditions.

Starting pay is $18.85/hour 


Tips on avoiding tech support schemes, from our friends at Age Well Middle Tennessee

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), tech support schemes are on the rise and 66% of all reports from 2020 were from older adults 60+. In this instance, criminals may pose as a company’s representatives offering to help with issues regarding your bank account, email, or computer software.

The FBI reports that the first contact can occur in many different ways.

  • Telephone: You receive an unsolicited telephone call from a criminal impersonating computer support, bank representatives/support, and utility companies.
  • Search Engine Advertising: Don’t search online to find support numbers, visit the company’s direct website. Criminals pay to have their fraudulent company’s link show higher in search results hoping victims will choose one of the top links in search results.
  • Pop-up message: When an on-screen pop-up message claiming a virus was found on their computer. The message requests the victim call a phone number associated with the fraudulent tech support company.
  • Email: You receive an email warning of support subscription expiration or a potentially fraudulent charge on their account. The victim is encouraged to contact the fraudulent support via phone.

Tips to Protect Against Tech Support

  • Legitimate customer, security, or tech support companies will not initiate unsolicited contact with individuals; nor, demand immediate payment, or require payment via prepaid cards, wire transfers, or mailed cash.
  • Install ad-blocking software that eliminates or reduces pop-ups and mal-vertising, which are online ads that incorporate or install malware. Ensure all computer anti-virus, security, and malware protection is up to date.
  • Be cautious of customer support numbers obtained via open-source searching. Phone numbers listed in a “sponsored” results section might be boosted because of Search Engine Advertising.
  • Resist the pressure to act quickly. Criminals will urge the victim to act fast to protect their device. Legitimate companies will allow time for a person to process and research any questions.
  • Never give unknown, unverified persons remote access to devices or accounts.

(Information courtesy Council on Aging)

WANTED: Roshawn Lamont Cotton; Cash reward for information

UPDATE: Cotton was captured in Columbia, on January 11, thanks to helpful citizen tips.

Franklin Police are looking for 35-year-old Roshawn Lamont Cotton. The convicted felon and registered sex offender failed to comply with his annual registration requirements, and cannot be located.

Cotton may be hiding out in the Columbia, TN area. There is a cash reward for information on his whereabouts.

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