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.”



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.

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TBI Special Agents Investigate Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Williamson County

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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.

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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
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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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