Franklin Police Department Receives 7th Accreditation; Professional, Progressive, Responsive: Franklin Police

The Franklin Police Department is proud to announce that it was awarded its seventh reaccreditation by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.  In October, a team of assessors conducted an in-depth inspection of the Franklin Police Department, examining all aspects of its policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Accredited agencies are recognized as having attained professional excellence in public safety.

“The CALEA Accreditation process is the gold standard for law enforcement agencies,” said Deborah Faulkner, Chief of Police.  “It is a tool that promotes community trust, excellent policy development, it promotes transparency and continuous review of police procedures.  We believe the accreditation process makes us the best we can be—our community deserves nothing less than our best.  We are extremely proud of this recognition.”

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Franklin Police Detective celebrated for 27 years of service; Detective Darren Barnes to retire, Friday

Franklin Police Detective Darren Barnes, a Williamson County native, began his 27-year career with the City of Franklin in 1992 as a police dispatcher, reserve police officer, and volunteer firefighter. In 1993, Barnes transferred to the Patrol Division as a full-time Franklin Police Officer. During his 15 years on patrol, he served as Field Training Officer, a member of the Department’s Community Oriented Policing Unit and Community Action Team. Barnes also served as a Crisis Negotiator. Soon after his promotion to Detective in 2007, Barnes was assigned to the FBI’s Violent Crime and Gang Task Force, where he investigated serious violent crimes, tracking down dangerous gang members and fugitives. After returning to the Franklin Police Department in 2019, Detective Barnes was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, Major Crime Unit.

His distinguished career includes recognitions for excellence in both crime-fighting and community service. Detective Barnes is a three-time recipient of the United States Attorney Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement. In 2007, he received the Hope Award for his role in providing and installing an air conditioner for a Franklin resident in need. Detective Barnes is the Franklin Police Department’s 2014 Detective of the Year.

“Detective Darren Barnes has served the Franklin Police Department for over 27 years with professionalism, pride, dedication, and courage,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “He has worked tirelessly to protect our citizens. He has many friends at the FPD and will be greatly missed by all of us.”

Colleagues, friends, and citizens can leave their sentiments and well-wishes for Detective Barnes by posting them in our Leave a Reply field, below. 

Franklin Police investigating after woman assaulted and robbed

Police in Franklin are investigating after a woman was attacked and robbed outside a Cool Springs business late Tuesday morning.

At 10:40 am, officers were summoned to 730 Cool Springs Boulevard after the suspect punched and slapped the victim in the parking lot as she was gathering belongings from her car. He stole her purse and then used the victim’s stolen credit cards at nearby stores.

Recognize him? There’s a cash reward for information.
Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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TBI Special Agents Investigate Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Williamson County

The below is from TBInewsroom.com.

At the request of 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that occurred Tuesday morning in Williamson County.

Preliminary information indicates the incident began around 9:30 a.m, when officers with the Franklin Police Department began pursuing a vehicle that had been reported stolen. After a period of time, the Franklin PD officers ceased their pursuit. Around 10:40 a.m., Deputies with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office spotted the vehicle near Lewisburg Pike. They initiated a pursuit that continued over the I-65 overpass at Peytonsville Road. The driver of the vehicle came to a stop on the overpass, got out of the vehicle, and brandished a weapon at the two deputies. One of the deputies fired, striking the driver. The driver was deceased at the scene. One of the deputies sustained a leg injury during the incident.

The TBI currently has Agents…

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Franklin Detectives need your help identifying these suspects; Reward offered for info on their identity

UPDATE: Arrest Made: Posted 03/17/2016

Detectives in Franklin want to identify the four suspects in these surveillance pictures. On December 14, the suspects went into the Target at 1701 Galleria Blvd. in Franklin and stole items valued at $2315.  They were last seen driving away in a dark Chevy Tahoe.

Information on the identity of these suspects is worth up to $1,000
with an anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000

Police Identify Franklin Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash 

Brian Burns, a 30-year-old Maple Drive resident, died today from injuries he sustained after tragically losing control of his motorcycle when he swerved to miss a deer. Help arrived shortly after 2:30 this morning after a motorist contacted Franklin Police to report seeing Burns’ motorcycle near the ditch on Liberty Pike near Turning Wheel Lane.

Burns was transported to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Officers do not believe that alcohol was a factor, and are saddened by the family’s tragic loss.

Williamson County Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

NASHVILLE – An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Williamson County man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

TBI Special Agents began an investigation on June 29th, acting on information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that several possible child pornography files were uploaded to a specific Google email account. Agents were able to trace the IP address to a subscriber who lives at 11th Avenue North in Franklin, TN.

Last night, Joshua David Harris, 37, was arrested by TBI agents and charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. He was booked in the Williamson County Criminal Justice Center where he is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Joshua Harris

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Fair Traffic Advisory

0321_trafficjam_630x420Franklin, TN – Franklin Police want to remind motorists that with the Williamson County Fair underway, and TDOT I-65 construction, traffic in and around the fairgrounds is extremely congested. Fairgoers and commuters simply traveling through the area should allow plenty of extra time and need to anticipate significant delays. In addition to officers already assigned to work fair traffic and security, extra officers are being assigned to assist with moving motorists through congested areas at peak times.

Officers assigned to Williamson County Fair Command say that alternate route recommendations, released on Wednesday, are being underutilized, adding to significant volume delays.

Released 07/30/2014:
Williamson’s World-Class County Fair is set to begin Friday. While the Fair Board has been hard at work ensuring a great time for families, police have put together a plan to minimize traffic congestion while maximizing safety and security for attendees. The use of alternate routes by fairgoers will ease congestion for families trying to get there, and make the I-65 commute easier for those just passing through.

From the East: Take SR840 to Peytonsville-Trinity Rd. (Exit #34); turn right off the exit; go one block and turn left at Glenn’s Grocery to Peytonsville Rd. Proceed approximately 4.6 miles; turn right on Long Lane to the fairgrounds. Livestock enter at Gate #3 for unloading.

From the West: Take SR840 to I-65 North to Peytonsville Rd. (Exit #61); turn right off the exit; go one block and turn left on Long Lane; fairgrounds is just ahead. Livestock enter at Gate #3 for unloading.

From the North: Take I-65 South to McEwen Lane (Exit #67); turn left off the interstate to Carothers Parkway. Take a right and proceed to SR96. Turn left, proceeding east on SR96, approximately 1.25 miles; take a right to Arno Rd., proceeding approximately 3.2 miles; turn right on Gosey Hill Rd., proceeding approximately 1.1 miles; take a right on Long Lane to the fairgrounds. Livestock enter at Gate #3 for unloading.

From the South: Take I-65 North to Peytonsville Rd. (Exit #61); turn right off the exit; go one block and turn left on Long Lane; fairgrounds is just ahead. Livestock enter at Gate #3 for unloading.

Overflow Parking Information: Police officers and volunteers will direct arriving attendees to available parking. Police urge pedestrians to cross only at designated crosswalks. Courtesy carts will shuttle anyone who wants or needs a ride from overflow parking areas to and from the fair’s main entrance.

The Fair concludes Saturday, August 9th at midnight. For more information about the Williamson County Fair, visit WilliamsonCountyFair.org.
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California Women Arrested at Franklin Hotel for Prostitution; Chief’s message: not in our city

Destiny Carrier Date of Birth: 09/29/1991 234 W. Adams Blvd #302 Los Angeles, CA 90007

Destiny Carrier
Date of Birth: 09/29/1991
234 W. Adams Blvd #302
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Franklin, TN – Franklin Police arrested two prostitutes from California at a Murfreesboro Road hotel last night during a special operation. Acting on a tip yesterday afternoon, officers from FPD’s Flex Unit set up surveillance around Murfreesboro Road hotels. Officers zeroed in on the Quality Inn and Suites, 1307 Murfreesboro Rd, after activity there caught their eye.

During the course of the investigation, officers discovered a sexually explicit add on Backpage.com linking to the women and their hotel room. Inside, officers discovered four cell phones, two tablet computers, 24 reloadable credit cards, and more than $1,300 in cash. The women admitted to having sex with multiple men for $100 a piece at the Franklin hotel prior to being arrested.

Seaisia Clark Date of Birth: 11/26/1990 501 Rivergate Way, #168 Sacramento, CA 95831

Seaisia Clark
Date of Birth: 11/26/1990
501 Rivergate Way, #168
Sacramento, CA 95831

The Chief’s message to prostitutes, pimps, and their Johns: go somewhere else. “This is a special community,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Prostitution is an ugly and illegal business, and one that the Franklin Police Department will aggressively combat. Zero-tolerance is the only acceptable approach, here.”

Destiny Carrier, 22 of Los Angeles, and 23-year-old Seaisia Clark of Sacramento each remain jailed on a $70k bond. Both women, charged with Promoting Prostitution, are due in court 08/07/2014 at 1:00pm.

To send an anonymous tip to Franklin Police, text the keyword 615FPD, along with your message to 847411 (Tip411), or call Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513.

DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Friday; Drive Drunk, Get Nailed

Beer, Keys and Handcuffs - Drunk Driving ConceptFranklin, TN – On the evening of Friday, 07/18/2014, the Franklin Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Lewisburg Pike near Donelson Creek Parkway.

Last year, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office awarded the Department with a $50,000 grant to use for anti-DUI initiatives including DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, training, equipment and overtime for officers working this checkpoint.

According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, impaired driving related crashes constitute one of the nation’s leading health problems. Impairment is a factor in 33% of all crashes in the United States and these events result in more deaths each year than all homicides.