Franklin Police Officer celebrated for 25 years of service; Officer Carlos Cordero to retire, Friday

Born and raised in rural East Texas, Officer Carlos Cordero began his 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department in 1995. His law enforcement service, however, spans more than an impressive 35 years. After graduating from the Baytown, Texas Police Academy in 1985, Cordero’s early law enforcement career included service as a State of Texas Correctional Officer, Deputy Sheriff in Walker County, Texas, Narcotics Agent for the Central East Texas Narcotics Task Force, and Deputy Constable in Houston.

During his amazing 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department, Officer Cordero excelled at assignments in the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force, as a Detective in the FPD Criminal Investigation Division, and most recently as a day shift Patrol Officer known (and loved) for walking or riding his police bicycle on the downtown Franklin beat. His pleasant demeanor, bilingual abilities, and passion for keeping Franklin safe is sincerely appreciated and will be missed by residents, business owners, and his Franklin Police family.

“Officer Cordero has always been a consummate professional law enforcement officer,” Said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “He came to work every day with a wonderful smile and positive attitude— always ready to come to the aid of anyone who needed him. He will be incredibly missed by all of us.”

Officer Carlos Cordero said, “It has been a pleasure to protect and serve the citizens of Historic Franklin. I have met visitors from around the world on Main Street who fell in love with the charm and friendly people here. I have made great memories and met lifelong friends. Adios!” 


One of Franklin’s Top Cops celebrated for his service; Deputy Chief Greg Policastro to retire, Friday

Deputy Chief Greg Policastro, who joined the Franklin Police Department in 2014, is retiring. After beginning his career with the Baltimore Police Department in 1972, he served the Lakeland (Florida) Police Department for nearly 26 years, retiring at the rank of Captain to accept a position with the FPD.

After serving as Deputy Chief of FPD’s Criminal Investigation Division, Policastro is retiring as the head of the Department’s Field Operations Division, which includes Uniformed Patrol, SWAT, Crisis Negotiations, Underwater Recovery & Swift Water Rescue, Traffic & Motors Unit, and Bike Patrol. 

“It has been my pride and privilege to serve the City of Franklin over the past six years,” said Deputy Chief Policastro. “I’m grateful to Chief Faulkner and the remarkable officers who daily demonstrate their dedication and commitment to the residents and visitors of Franklin. I’m proud to have watched this team’s tireless work throughout the many challenges of this past year.”

Chief Deborah Faulkner said, “Deputy Chief Greg Policastro has been a valued member of my staff and the Franklin Police Department. He has served throughout his law enforcement career with pride and professionalism. I will miss him but look forward to seeing him around Franklin with his dear wife, Judith.” 

“Greg and his family have been an important part of our extended City family,” said City Administrator Eric Stuckey. “His contributions to the FPD and connection to our community are a great source of pride. I congratulate the Policastro’s as they start this new chapter and am glad that they will continue to call Franklin home.”

Deputy Chief Policastro’s last day on the job is Friday.  



Franklin Police Officer celebrated for 25 years of service; Officer Russ Lockard to retire, today

Officer Russ Lockard began his 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department in 1995 as an emergency dispatcher. Quickly realizing his passion for police work, he soon transferred to the Patrol Division as a full-time Franklin Police Officer and has never looked back!

In addition to his current assignment to the Department’s Field Operations Division, Lockard’s distinguished career includes assignments as a SWAT Operator, Field Training Officer, Detective, and Interim Sergeant leading the Department’s Officer Training Program.

Officer Lockard is a two-time recipient of the Chief’s Coin in recognition of his excellence while leading the Department’s training program, where he specialized in firearms training and emergency vehicle operations.

Officer Lockard’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. Russ looks forward to spending more time with his wife of 27 years, Ann, and their daughter Ashley.

“Franklin is a beautiful city, and it has been a privilege to watch its growth for the past 25 years,” said Lockard. “I will certainly miss the people that I have been fortunate enough to connect with while working here.”

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Crime Stoppers reward offered for information on this man, wanted following theft from YMCA lockers

Franklin Police want to identify this man wanted for stealing items from lockers at the YMCA.

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at approximately 3:00 pm, the unknown suspect stole items from unsecured lockers inside the YMCA at 501 Royal Oaks Boulevard in Franklin, Tennessee.  The suspect stole keys from a couple lockers and went out into the parking lot.  He then used the keys to enter a 2014 grayish blue Ford Focus hatchback with a small dent on the passenger side front quarter panel. If you recognize this suspect or think you know the whereabouts of the vehicle, please contact the Franklin Police Department at (615) 794-2513.


Information about this suspect
is worth up to $1,000
with an anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000.