Franklin Police to Present Inaugural Award to Veteran Officer, Sergeant Paul Arnold, Thursday

The Theodore Roosevelt Association Police Award is given to an officer who has rendered outstanding and praiseworthy service to the department and the community despite a serious handicap, illness, or injury. Theodore Roosevelt overcame severe asthma as a youngster to lead a vigorous and productive life of public service. Among other posts, he served as President of the Board of Police Commissioners of New York City (1895-97) and President of the United States (1901-09).

Sergeant Paul Arnold is a 26-year Franklin Police veteran. July of 2016 was a life-altering month for Sergeant Arnold, after getting the news that he has cancer. This, however, was not the first time Sergeant Arnold received this dreaded diagnosis – it was his third, and this time the cancer is more serious and more aggressive than before. While discussing treatment options, which have included brain surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, Sergeant Arnold’s single demand of the doctors who are working to save his life is that none of the treatment he undergoes affects his ability to continue his work at the Franklin Police Department.

 “Sergeant Arnold will be the first Franklin Police Officer to ever receive this national award,” said Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner. “His resolve and dedication to the Franklin Police Department and the people that we serve, in the midst of battling a life-threatening illness, is a testament to his courage and strong will to serve. Sergeant Arnold epitomizes the criteria for the incredibly prestigious honor of receiving the Theodore Roosevelt Association Police Award.”

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this inaugural awards ceremony that celebrates the life, career, and resolve of one of Franklin’s finest.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Franklin Police Headquarters
900 Columbia Avenue

Vanderbilt Health provided generous support to make this ceremony possible, and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is managing Sergeant Arnold’s life-saving treatment.
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Chief Faulkner promotes new Sergeant

At this afternoon’s roll call at Police Headquarters, Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner promoted Detective Brigham Van Hook to Sergeant. “Sergeant Van 111Hook has demonstrated admirable skill and heart in his tenure with the FPD,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “His promotion to Sergeant will allow him to continue his extraordinary service to our Department and the Franklin Community in new ways.”

Sergeant Van Hook has been assigned to the Department’s Alpha Shift, which starts its tour of duty at 9:00 p.m. Van Hook came to the Franklin Police Department from Rutherford County Juvenile Detention in 2007.

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Franklin Police Lieutenant Graduates from FBI National Academy; FPD Committed to Training and Excellence

20161216_123008Lieutenant David Prather, a 19-year Franklin Police veteran, graduated today from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

This 266th session of the program included 222 graduates from 48 states and 20 countries. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers 11 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training to law enforcement leaders with proven records as professionals within their organizations. FBI Director James Comey was the principal speaker at today’s graduation.

Lieutenant Prather is among the 49,686 graduates who now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy since its inception in 1935. “The FBI National Academy is recognized as one of the top law enforcement executive training programs in the world,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “I congratulate Lieutenant Prather on this momentous accomplishment.”

Chief Deborah Faulkner, Deputy Chief Chris Gentry, Lieutenant John Lawrence, Lieutenant Rob Lenters, Lieutenant David Prather and Lieutenant Charles Warner are the current Franklin Police leaders who have graduated from the FBI National Academy.

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Franklin Police Recruits Take Police Academy Top Honors

(Master Patrol Officer Matt Lamar, Officer Anthony Alexander, Officer Steve Chittanavong, Officer Connor Jimenez, Officer Branden McClellan, Officer Rebecca Pike, Officer Jonathan Corner, Sergeant Mike Simpkins)

(Master Patrol Officer Matt Lamar, Officer Anthony Alexander, Officer Steve Chittanavong, Officer Connor Jimenez, Officer Branden McClellan, Officer Rebecca Pike, Officer Jonathan Corner, Sergeant Mike Simpkins)

Franklin’s six newest police recruits graduated today from the Walters State Regional Law Enforcement Academy in Greenville, Tennessee. Of the fifty police recruits from across Tennessee, four Franklin Police Recruits were recognized for outstanding performance:

  • Officer Rebecca Pike | Academic Award
  • Officer Steve Chittanavong | Defensive Tactics Award
  • Officer Branden McClellan | Top Shot Award
  • Officer Connor Jimenez | Best Athlete Award

“I am extremely proud of these men and women, and their hard work during training,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will continue to hire and train the best and brightest, because the people of Franklin deserve nothing less.” 

The Department’s newest additions hail from California, Illinois, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Virginia. In addition to the nine weeks they just spent at the academy, the recruits return to Franklin Police Headquarters on Monday, where they will undergo an additional six weeks of in-house training before heading to the street for an additional 14 weeks of field training with a Master Patrol Officer.

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FPD names Hollingsworth, Carson Officer of the Month

Franklin Police Officer Chris Hollingsworth has been named September Officer of the Month and Officer Jeff Carson has been named October Officer of the Month. Chief Deborah Faulkner selected the two for their proactive efforts at fighting crime in Franklin.

Officer Hollingsworth responded to the Embassy Suites after a victim in Alabama detected real-time fraudulent activity on her credit card, including a stay at the upscale Franklin hotel. Officer Hollingsworth determined that an Atlanta woman in the hotel room used a cloned credit card to pay for her stay. The Officer’s immediate and thorough investigation uncovered multiple illegally obtained store gift cards, pre-paid credit cards, receipts, and nearly $1,500 in cash.

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Officer Hollingsworth, Chief Faulkner, Officer Carson

Officer Carson was operating an unmarked car when area security alerted him to an in-progress theft at the Cool Springs Target. Officer Carson initiated immediate surveillance of the parking lot. He was able to approach and arrest the suspect as she was loading a plastic tote filled with more than $1,000 of shoplifted merchandise into her vehicle. During his investigation, Officer Carson worked with security to determine that this same suspect committed a similar, $900 theft days prior, charging the suspect with both felony offenses.

“Our Officers work very hard, every day, to keep Franklin safe,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “I am proud to honor Officer Hollingsworth and Officer Carson for jobs very well done.”

Toyota – Cool Springs and Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram are proud sponsors of the Department’s Officer of the Month Program. Each month they honor a Franklin Police Officer with a commemorative plaque and a $150 check for the officer to donate to the charity of their choice. Officer Hollingsworth is donating the money to his favorite charity: The Fisher House Foundation, in support of families of wounded military members. Officer Carson is donating to his favorite charity: GraceWorks Ministries of Franklin.

Chief Promotes new Sergeant and Lieutenant

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Lieutenant Justus, Chief Faulkner, Sergeant Smalley

At a special ceremony this afternoon at Police Headquarters, Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner promoted Master Patrol Officer Matt Smalley to Sergeant, and Sergeant Tommy Justus to the rank of Lieutenant. “These public servants care about the Franklin community and their fellow officers,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “I am proud to promote them and to honor their hard work and dedication.”

Sergeant Smalley has been assigned to the Department’s Alpha Shift, which starts its tour of duty at 9:00pm. Smalley came to the Franklin Police Department from MTSU Police in 2004. Lieutenant Justus will be commanding the Charlie Shift, which begins its tour at 2:00 pm. Justus came from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, starting his career with the Franklin Police Department in 1998.

FPD names Cornell Officer of the Month after he stops, identifies serial felons

Chief Deborah Faulkner, Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Ofc. Britton Cornell, Leo Linkov (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram)

Chief Deborah Faulkner, Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Ofc. Britton Cornell, Leo Linkov (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram)

Franklin Police Officer Britton Cornell has been named Officer of the Month. The honor follows his work to identify two serial suspects responsible for committing multiple felony thefts in the midstate.

Over the summer, several middle Tennessee cities experienced a rash of thefts of wheels and tires from parked cars. In these cases, vehicle owners would return to their car and find it up on blocks, with the wheels and tires completely removed. Franklin had two reported incidents: one at a hotel and one at an auto dealership.

On the lookout for suspects, while working the midnight shift on August 2, Officer Cornell was surveilling a Franklin dealership when he encountered a suspicious vehicle on an adjacent dead end street. The driver and passenger provided Cornell with bogus information about what they were doing in the area, and Officer Cornell saw cinder blocks, like the ones cars were left on after previous thefts, in the rear of the vehicle. Officer Cornell detained the suspects, who were ultimately identified as perpetrating previous, similar thefts in Nashville, Mt. Juliet, and Franklin.

“I am extremely proud of Officer Cornell’s work,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “His professionalism and dedication to keeping Franklin safe led to the identification of two suspects who had stolen more than $50,000 worth of property.” In addition to being named Officer of the Month, Cornell was awarded a Departmental Certificate of Accommodation for demonstrating outstanding police work.

Toyota – Cool Springs and Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram are proud sponsors of the Department’s Officer of the Month Program. Each month they honor a Franklin Police Officer with a commemorative plaque and a $150 check for the officer to donate to the charity of their choice. Officer Cornell is donating the money to his favorite charity: The Wounded Warrior Project, a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services, and events for wounded veterans of military actions following September 11, 2001.

FPD Names Richards Officer of the Month for helping homeless Veteran

Chief Deborah Faulkner, Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Sgt. Charlie Richards, Leo Linkov (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram)

Chief Deborah Faulkner, Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Sgt. Charlie Richards, Leo Linkov (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram)

Franklin Police Sergeant Charlie Richards has been named Officer of the Month. The honor follows his work to help a homeless, United States Veteran who was exploited by a thief and left with nothing but the clothes on his back. 

While working the midnight shift, Sergeant Richards stopped to check on a man asleep on a Franklin park bench. During their conversation, Sergeant Richards learned that the man had walked to Franklin after the backpack containing everything he owned was stolen from him in Nashville. During their conversation, Sergeant Richards confirmed that the man had no warrants and that he was not suspected of any crimes. Sergeant Richards, however, did not arrest the man for loitering in the park after-hours … or simply tell him to move along. Having a good feel for the man’s motives and heart, the Sergeant enlisted the help of local clergy and arranged for a hot meal and an overnight stay at a Franklin motel. What happened next is what prompted Chief Deborah Faulkner to select Richards as the Department’s Officer of the Month.

“Sergeant Richards didn’t give the man directions to the motel; he gave him a ride,” said Chief Faulkner. “After dropping him off at the motel, Sgt. Richards went to Walmart and bought him t-shirts, underwear, socks, shorts, some non-perishable food, water, and a new bag to carry it all in, all in an effort to replace what was stolen from him. Then he put this homeless Vet, who served our Country, in touch with a support organization that helps heroes get back on their feet. It is very clear that these two men did not meet by accident.”

Toyota – Cool Springs and Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram are proud sponsors of the Department’s Officer of the Month Program. Each month they honor a Franklin Police Officer with a commemorative plaque and a $150 check for the officer to donate to the charity of their choice. Sergeant Richards is donating the money to his favorite charity: Community Outreach Ministries, a Franklin organization that offers help, hope, and healing to the tired, bruised, wounded, broken and sometimes invisible and forgotten of our community.

FPD Names Burress Officer of the Month

Franklin Police Officer Dwayne Burress has been named Officer of the Month. The honor follows his work that led to the identification and arrest of two serial vandalism suspects.

Officer Burress developed information on two suspects, charging an adult and a juvenile with Felony Vandalism after Downtown Franklin had been plagued by graffiti. Seven locations, including a downtown church, were affected and damage is estimated in the thousands. Additional charges are expected.

Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Officer Dwayne Burress, Michael Slate (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram), Chief Deborah Faulkner

Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Officer Dwayne Burress, Michael Slate (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram), Chief Deborah Faulkner

“Vandalism, especially graffiti, impacts the beauty of our city and our quality of life,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “It is a crime we will not tolerate. Officer Burress’ commitment to this case and tenacity for catching those responsible is appreciated and valued.”

Toyota – Cool Springs, and Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram are proud sponsors of the Department’s Officer of the Month Program. Each month they honor a Franklin Police Officer’s accomplishment with a commemorative plaque, and a $150 check for the officer to donate to the charity of their choice. Officer Burress is donating the money to his favorite charity: Concerns of Police Survivors, a national origination that provides resources to the loved ones of police officers killed in the line of duty.

FPD Names Dilworth Officer of the Month

Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Officer Bobby Dilworth, Chief Deborah Faulkner, Michael Slate (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram)

Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Officer Bobby Dilworth, Chief Deborah Faulkner, Michael Slate (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram)

Franklin Police Officer Bobby Dilworth has been named Officer of the Month. The honor follows his work that led to the April 14 arrest of a convicted felon and his partner, and the recovery of more than $1,000 in stolen high-end cologne and perfume, and nearly $4,000 in stolen designer eyeglasses.

Officer Dilworth was patrolling the Galleria parking lot in Cool Springs, when he stopped a car for a minor equipment violation, discovering the stolen merchandise inside. Officer Dilworth was personally responsible for 43% of the self-initiated arrests generated by his shift, in April.

“Officer Dilworth is an incredible crime-fighter,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “His commitment to keeping this city and our citizens safe is evident in the hard work he does every day.”

Chief Faulkner addressing Evening Shift Roll Call

Chief Faulkner addressing Evening Shift Roll Call

 Toyota – Cool Springs, and Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram are proud sponsors of the Department’s Officer of the Month Program. Each month they honor a Franklin Police Officer’s accomplishment with a commemorative plaque, and a $150 check for the officer to donate to the charity of their choice. Officer Dilworth is donating the money to his favorite charity: Concerns of Police Survivors, a national origination that provides resources to the loved ones of police officers killed in the line of duty.

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