June Is Internet Safety Month

Spring Hill, TN – June is “Internet Safety Month.” As a member of the Tennessee Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, we are committed to helping keep children safe on the world wide web. Please visit the following websites for valuable resources to learn how you can best protect your child:

NetSmartz

Tennessee Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Common Sense Media

Enough is Enough

Conversation Tips for Parents

Please report all child sexual exploitation incidents to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children here at their CyberTipline

National Police Week May 11th-17th

Spring Hill, TN – In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community. More information about Police Week can be found here.

The following officers from the state of Tennessee will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC:

We will be having a candlelight service on May 16th at 10:00 AM at City Hall (199 Town Center Pkwy) to honor Corporal Jeremy McLaren (End of Watch: Sunday February 7th, 2010) who lost his life due to complications he suffered from a traffic collision while he was responding to a call. The public is welcome to attend.

A complete list of all 619 officers that were killed in the line of duty can be found here.

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Unidentified Person Charged Two iPhones to Victim’s Account

Unidentified Subject

Spring Hill, TN – On May 6th, an unidentified person went into the AT&T store in Spring Hill and charged two iPhones to the victim’s account totaling $2400. The subject also used a credit card that has been associated with several other fraudulent charges at other AT&T locations. If you can identify this person or have information relating to this investigation, please contact Det. Gillam at 931-486-2252 | sgillam@springhilltn.org or submit an anonymous tip here.

SHPD INCREASES SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT DURING NATIONAL “CLICK IT OR TICKET” MOBILIZATION

Spring Hill, TN – As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacation, the Spring Hill Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” From May 23 through June 5, participating agencies across the state will increase seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide mobilization.

According to NHTSA, in 2020, there were 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 58 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.

For more information about seat belt safety, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/seat-belts.  

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SHPD PROMOTES MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

Spring Hill, TN – The Spring Hill Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Agencies participate by providing information and increasing awareness in their communities about the importance of sharing the road and looking twice for motorcyclists.

Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which is why it is the perfect time for us to remind the community about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders. All motorists need to know how to anticipate and respond to motorcyclists to avoid crashes.

In 2021 the SHPD investigated 10 crashes that involved motorcycles. Of those 10, 8 resulted in injuries and there was 1 fatality.

Here are a few safe driving tips to prevent crashing with a motorcycle:

  • Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has all the rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
  • Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. Motorcycle signals are often non-canceling. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
  • Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
  • Always allow ample follow distance – three to four seconds – when driving behind a motorcycle. This gives riders more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.

For more information, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/motorcycles.

Online Extortion – Hit-Man Threat Scam

Spring Hill, TN- There has been a scam circulating for over a decade that has transitioned from email to text message. We have taken several of these reports in the past, including recently. We wanted to make people aware of this scam so you don’t fall victim to it.

In this case the victim receives an email or now a text message from the sender who purports to be a hired assassin. The sender threatens to kill the recipient or family members if they don’t pay thousands of dollars. This screen shot was provided by a resident, as an example of this scam:

This scam and other scams have cost people a lot of money throughout the years. Most of the time it is extremely hard to ever get your money back so prevention is key. Please visit the following websites to learn more about the most common scams and crimes that are circulating:

FBI’s Common Scams and Crimes

Internet Crime Complaint Center

Scams and Safety

If you have fallen victim to these scams, please report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3.gov).

SHPD Responds to Overnight “Shots-Fired” Call on Scoville Lane

Spring Hill, TN – On April 3rd at 10:25 PM officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Scoville Lane to a reported “shots-fired” call. Witnesses reported hearing what sounded like 10 gunshots. While responding, officers were given the description of a suspect vehicle that left the area. Officers located that vehicle at the Twice Daily gas station on Port Royal Road. A female who was standing next to the vehicle was interviewed. During this time officers who were at a residence in the 2800 block of Scoville Lane located several spent shell handgun shell casings in the front yard of the house. The female’s address was the same address where the shell casings were located.

The female denied any involvement and claimed that she heard “fireworks” not gun-shots. The female gave consent to search her vehicle. A white powdery substance which field tested positive for cocaine was located. The female was issued a misdemeanor citation for that offense. No evidence linking the female or the vehicle to the shooting was located.

Officers at the home on Scoville Lane attempted to get persons inside of the home to come to the door but they refused. No damage to the property or evidence of any bodily injury/exigent circumstances was observed by officers there. The investigation is on-going.

If anyone has information that may assist with the investigation, please submit an anonymous tip here.

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SHPD to Participate in “Slow Down Tennessee” during April 15th through the 29th

Spring Hill, TN – The Spring Hill Police Department (SHPD) is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Slow Down Tennessee.” During April 15 – 29, the SHPD will increase education, awareness, and enforcement efforts to help reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide.

For the year of 2021, the SHPD investigated 58 crashes that were due to speeding. 1 of those was a fatality.

The SHPD Traffic Unit will be out looking for motorists who are speeding in school zones, neighborhoods, and on state/local routes.

The State of Tennessee requires motorists to always exercise due care and maintain a safe speed while driving. Speed limits may vary depending on the county and road conditions; therefore, drivers must always pay attention and adhere to posted speed limits to ensure the safety of all roadway users.

For more information about speeding, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/slow.

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SHPD Requesting the Public’s Help in Identifying the Driver of a Vehicle

Spring Hill, TN – On March 15th at 6:27 PM a SHPD officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Maury Hill St. and Main St. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver opened the door and told the officer that “you got me,” shut the door, and drove off. The driver was a black male who appeared to be in his mid to late 30s. The vehicle headed south on Main St. and then exited onto Saturn Pkwy heading towards Beechcroft Rd. The license plate on the vehicle came back to another vehicle that was registered to a female. If you can identify the driver, please submit an anonymous tip here.