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On June 20, 2018, a Blue Star Flag was raised at Franklin Police Headquarters to honor Officer Steve Chittanavong, who had been deployed to southwest Asia. At a special ceremony, this morning, Chief Deborah Faulkner and members of the Franklin Police Department retired that flag, welcoming the officer home.
“We are grateful to have Officer Chittanavong home, and proud of his service to our Country and community,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. More than 30% of the Franklin Police Department is made up of US Military Veterans.
Officer Chittanavong said, “I’m so thankful for the support from back home while I was away. It’s great to be back with my family, and serving the Franklin community again.” Officer Chittanavong was sworn-in as a Franklin Police Officer on January 12, 2017.
The Blue Star Flag honors active-duty military members serving during a period of war or hostilities.
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The Franklin Police Department, the ninth largest in the State, continues to maintain one of the lowest crime rates per capita in Tennessee. As the City continues to grow, we are constantly seeking new ways to exceed the needs and expectations of our residents.
Chief Deborah Faulkner leads the 143 men and women who make up the Franklin Police Department. Prior to joining the Franklin Police Department in 2014, Chief Faulkner was Tennessee’s first Inspector General. A retired Metropolitan Nashville Police Officer, with more than 30 years of service to Nashville, Faulkner came up through the ranks, serving in Metro’s Patrol Division and various other assignments before retiring from the MNPD at the rank of Deputy Chief. She has her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Memphis; her master’s in Criminal Justice from Middle Tennessee State University; and, her doctorate in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University.
If your commute includes crossing the tracks on Liberty Pike (near The Factory), you will need to detour starting at about 7am on Thursday 2/28. CSX will be closing the crossing while they complete repairs. The crossing will not re-open until the work is complete, which could be as late as Saturday.
Murfreesboro Rd and Franklin Rd are the designated alternates. Detour signs will be in place. Motorists should plan on an increase in traffic and travel times on those alternate routes.
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The Franklin Police Department is proud of the fact that Governor Bill Lee has appointed our Chief of Police, Deborah Faulkner, to the Tennessee POST Commission.
The Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission is responsible for developing and enforcing standards and training for all Tennessee Police Officers. The Commission also promotes continuing law enforcement training. The Commission is comprised of 18 members and includes local law enforcement personnel, legislators, and Tennessee citizens who are not connected with law enforcement.
City Administrator Eric Stuckey said, “This appointment demonstrates Chief Faulkner’s commitment to excellence in law enforcement and will benefit the citizens of Franklin and the State of Tennessee.”
To see more about this and other FPD & City of Franklin news, watch the Top Three Things to Know with City Administrator Eric Stuckey.
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Are you a teen interested in a career in law enforcement? The Franklin Police Department is hosting an informational meeting for teens and their parents on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm.
Franklin Police Explorers are teens who meet regularly and receive instruction from experienced Franklin Police Officers. Police Explorers provide assistance with traffic control and patrolling special events in Franklin. Explorers also assist Franklin Police Officers with community relations and crime prevention programs.
Monday, February 25, 2019
Franklin Police Headquarters
900 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
Click to learn more about becoming a Franklin Police Explorer
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