Teens, cops, and conversation over pizza creates new connection; Department thanks local business for sponsoring unique opportunity

Friday afternoon, Franklin Police Officers John McClendon and Isaiah Carreon presented Department Commendations to Steve Dzyban and Franciso Corado, with Games Workshop, in Franklin.

Games Workshop recently hosted fostered teens from My Friend’s House, giving them the chance to put their creative skills to work while interacting with store staff and Franklin Police Officers, over dinner. Officer McClendon’s love for building models and the store’s supplies & facilities were a winning combination.

“These guys gave of their time, talent, and money to create connection,” Said Master Patrol Officer McClendon. “Having the opportunity to have some real conversation over pizza with teens in our community, while building models, started some pretty meaningful new friendships, and that’s what it’s all about.”

In addition to commendation certificates, officers presented Dzyban and Corado with Franklin Police Department challenge coins to show their appreciation.


Department mourns the loss of retired Detective Sgt. Barbara Jean Derricks

(Courtesy Roundtree, Napier, and Ogilvie Franklin Funeral Home)

Detective Sgt Barbara Jean Lane Derricks (RET) departed this life June 9, 2022. A retired, 16-year member of the Franklin Police Department, her fellow officers and colleagues mourn Barbara’s loss and remember her service.

She leaves to cherish her memory: Survived by daughters: Detryce Derricks and YuRonda Derricks (Antonio Curry), 3 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren, Sister: Juanita McLemore, Brothers: Ostranda (Mary) Lane, Douglas (Linda) Lane, Howard Donnell (Barbara Sue) Lane, Fred (Mary E.) Lane and a host of family and friends.

Final Arrangements:

Visitation with the family
Friday June 17, 2022, 12 noon-6pm
at the funeral home
101 Confederate Dr.
Franklin, TN

Funeral Service will be
Saturday June 18, 2022, 12 noon at
Limestone Baptist Church
1613 W. Main Street
Franklin, TN

Eulogist- Elder Mack E. Morton
Interment- Pinecrest Memorial Gardens

Roundtree, Napier, and Ogilvie Franklin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
101 Confederate Dr.
Franklin, TN


An impaired driver cost so many, so much; Today we honor, remember Brentwood Police Officer Destin Legieza

It has been two years since a drunk driver stole the life of Brentwood Police Officer Destin Legieza. The loss that so many feel after Destin was killed in such a violent and avoidable way will never overshadow the joy that he brought into the lives of those who knew him.

A jury convicted the drunk driver. She is currently behind bars, serving time in prison.

While we remember Officer Destin Legieza, let’s commit to one another to honor his life, his legacy, and his family by our committed intolerance for impaired driving.

Booze It & Lose It; 
Lose your license, lose your freedom, lose your life

Now Hiring: Franklin PD Seeking Qualified, POST Certified Police Officers

Now through July 13, the FPD is accepting applications from P.O.S.T. certified officers who would like to join the force.  

  • Testing & interviews held July 22, 2022
  • $55k – $65k yearly ($26.51-$31.32/hr) 
  • Take-home car program
  • 4-day work week
  • On-site fitness facilities
  • Vacation & sick leave, paid personal days, and 10 additional paid holidays
  • Annual uniform & equipment allowance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits

Education and Experience:
The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of an Associate’s Degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education & experience.


Auto theft and auto burglary on the rise; What citizens can do to help

With an increase in auto burglaries and cars being stolen, Franklin Police are asking for help from citizens. Police say you can help prevent and deter crime by taking a few simple precautions:

  1. Never leave your car running, unattended … not even for a minute.
  2. Never leave your keys or key fob in or near your vehicle.
  3. Remove valuables, especially guns.
  4. If you can’t remove valuables from your car, at least hide them from plain view.
  5. Lock your car doors.

In addition to cars with keys left in them being stolen, there has been an increase in smash & grab auto burglaries in parking lots of local parks and fitness centers. In these cases, purses and other valuables were left in plain sight, and thieves simply smashed windows to reach in and take them. Most of these break-ins are occurring during daylight hours.

Thieves have also been checking door handles and entering unlocked cars, stealing anything they can find in glove boxes, center consoles, or under the seat. Most of these types of burglaries are taking place in neighborhoods, even in homes’ driveways, during the overnight hours.

While catching criminals is police business, police say crime prevention is a shared responsibility, and that you can help by following these few simple tips:


Franklin Police announce zero-tolerance DUI detection & enforcement


The Franklin Police Department has identified an increase in impaired drivers, and Chief Deborah Faulkner is announcing a zero-tolerance enforcement effort to combat the issue.

“We will have a special unit of officers checking area bars, parking lots, and our streets, and our officers aim to stop anyone who has decided to break the law and drive drunk,” said Chief Faulkner. “DUI suspects will be arrested and taken to jail. We want them off our streets before they hurt or kill someone.”

The average DUI, with fines, court costs, and attorney fees, can cost an offender as much as $10,000. Franklin Police say that cost, however, pales in comparison to someone being injured or killed by an impaired driver.

As part of this enforcement effort, officers will also be checking area bars who are overserving their customers, which is a violation of their license and the law.

Anyone who sees someone who may be impaired getting behind the wheel is urged to call police. That number in Franklin is (615) 794-2513.


Local scams and tips on avoiding them, from our friends at Age Well Middle Tennessee

Here are a few local scams making their way around Middle Tennessee that you need to be aware of. 

1. Metro Nashville Police Department has issued a warning about a new scam circulating in the Davidson County area. According to the MNPD’s Fraud and Sex Crimes detectives, the scammers are spoofing a legitimate MNPD phone number and impersonating a police officer. They are calling potential victims telling them they will be placed on the sex offender registry unless they pay money. MNPD will NEVER call to solicit money for any reason.
Source: wkrn.com

2. The Franklin Police Department issued a warning about phone scammers using the identity of law enforcement agencies to defraud residents. The scammer spoofs a legitimate agency phone number that shows on the possible victim’s Caller ID. They proceed to impersonate law enforcement and say that a warrant for arrest has been issued but they can avoid being arrested if they pay the fines over the phone. Legitimate police officers will NEVER demand money or payment.

3. Two weeks ago, the Davidson County Register of Deeds issued a warning of a scam circulating Davidson County which is similar to the same fraud warning by the assessor of property.
Homeowners in Davidson County have reported receiving a fraudulent letter from the bogus “Clerks Property Office,” directing people to mail money to a Florida address. The register of deeds will NEVER send mass mailings or demand money.

Tips to protect yourself, your money, and your identity:
  • Never give out personal information like social security numbers, DOB, etc.
  • Never give out financial information like bank account numbers or credit card information
  • Do not react out of fear. You have the right to verify any requests for information
  • Legitimate companies will NEVER ask for payment with gift cards

(Information courtesy Council on Aging)

Phone scammers making the rounds

Someone has been using the identity of local law enforcement agencies in an attempt to swindle area residents. It’s a scam that’s making its way across the country.

Here’s how it works: The scammer spoofs the agency’s official phone number, which then shows up on the victim’s caller ID. The scammer claims to be an officer or deputy with that law enforcement agency and tells the victim that there are warrants for their arrest, but that they can avoid being arrested if they will ‘pay their fines’ over the phone.

17362This is not how the real police operate. In fact, police officers will never call you to demand payment in lieu of arrest. If you receive a phone call that you believe is part of a scam, hang up and call police.

Parents with teens or young adult children, and children who have aging parents should talk with their loved ones about scams, warning them to never give callers access to funds of any kind, or personal information, over the phone.


Five things the Franklin Citizens should know about the FPD’s Active Shooter Response

1) Every FPD Officer receives continuous training regarding Active Threat response. This training is a high priority.
2) FPD policy & procedure requires Officers to immediately respond, intervene, and stop the threat to injury or loss of life—time is of the essence.
3) FPD Officers carry equipment they need to breach locked/barricaded doors.
4) The FPD offers Stay Safe active shooter classes to the public throughout the year.
5) The FPD provides security assessments to businesses or churches.


“Coming Soon” Your chance to be a part of the Franklin Police Department Family

The Franklin Police Department will be testing in July to fill several openings for the position of police officer.  This is your opportunity to have more than just a job. It’s your opportunity to be part of a team of great men and women that strive every day to make a difference.  Below are just a few of the great things the FPD has to offer.

  • Excellent Pay
  • Take-home car program
  • 4-day work week
  • On-site fitness facilities
  • Vacation & sick leave, paid personal days, and paid holidays
  • Shift differential pay
  • Annual uniform & equipment allowance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits
  • TCRS enhanced retirement