Assault Investigation Underway That Occurred at Harvey Park on September 19th

Spring Hill, TN – On Monday, September 19th at 8:30 PM SHPD officers responded to Harvey Park (4001 Miles Johnson Pkwy.) to a report of an alleged assault that occurred at the park. When officers arrived, they spoke to the victim. The victim and suspect are acquaintances. There is no known danger to the public. The investigation is in its early stages and detectives are actively pursuing leads and collecting evidence. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Stolen Credit Card Used at Wal-Mart on August 1st

Spring Hill, TN – The SHPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the individual pictured above. On August 1st this person allegedly used a stolen credit card number to purchase approximately $1800 worth of merchandise at Walmart. If you can identify this person please contact Det. Weber at jweber@springhilltn.org or submit an anonymous tip here.

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SHPD Hiring for Police Officer Positions-Deadline to Apply is August 5th

The City of Spring Hill will begin examinations for full time police officers. All testing dates will be provided via email upon receipt of complete applications. Incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered.

The City of Spring Hill offers equal employment opportunities to all job applicants without regard to race, sex, creed, color, age, religion, national origin, physical impairment, or other non-merit factors. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

For any questions, please email shpdemployment@springhilltn.org. No phone calls please.

Please apply online here.

Qualifications:
• H.S. diploma or equivalent required
• MUST be 21 years or older at the time of testing
• MUST possess a valid, unrestricted driver’s license
• MUST be a citizen of the United States
• MUST pass a thorough background investigation
• Certified Officers MUST submit copy of certification to shpdemployment@copsrosa

Disqualifications, include, but not limited to:
• Convictions, guilty plea or nolo contendere of a felony offense
• Conviction of a crime of moral turpitude
• Conviction for any federal, state or local ordinance relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling,liquor, or controlled substance
• Any violation of a domestic statute, including Orders of Protections
• Delinquent on Child Support, student loans, etc.
• DUI convictions or interlock device required
• Dishonorable discharge or equivalent from any armed forces
• Visible tattoos, body art, or intentional brandings that are deemed offensive or provocative shall be concealed from public view while on-duty. Tattoos, body art, or brandings that are deemed offensive or provocative and can’t be covered will not be permitted.

Testing Requirements:
Candidates will be required to submit to physical fitness testing, written testing, oral interviews, criminal background investigation, criminal and driving history search, fingerprints, medical examination, psychological examination and deception test. Certified Officers will not be subjected to the written or physical testing.

Employment Requirements:
Uncertified or out-of-state certified candidates must successfully complete Basic Law Enforcement Police Academy or POST Transition School within 6 months of employment, if applicable. Candidates must be able to work various hours and shifts, to include 12-hour work days (6am-6pm / 6pm-6am). All officers are scheduled to work 86 hours per two-week pay period.

Benefits: Starting pay $45,000.00 with incentives for college degrees
Non-Certified Applicants: After successful completion of the Field Training Program and
Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, pay increases to $50,217.00
Certified Applicants: After successful completion of the Field Training Program, pay increases to
$50,217.00
• Vacation leave available after 6 months of employment
• Sick leave accrued monthly
• Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System
• Free 25k life insurance policy with option to purchase additional plans
• Option for free family medical plan beginning the first of the month following date of employment
• Dental and vision insurance offered
• Take-home car within a specified radius and after initial training is completed
• Uniforms and equipment are provided, along with an annual uniform allotment
• Numerous hours of annual training exceeding state mandate

Deadline: Applications will be accepted through August 5, 2022 @ 8:00 AM CST.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
• May supervise, direct and evaluate assigned staff; may assign work and provide assistance/guidance .
• Patrols designated areas via motor vehicle or on foot; make police presence known in a manner that contributes to deterrence of law violations.
• Responds to calls/complaints involving automobile accidents, misdemeanors and felonies.
• Enforces all City and State codes, ordinances, laws and regulations (both traffic and criminal) in order to protect life and property, prevent crime, and promote security.
• Prevents/discovers commission of crime; apprehends criminals and offenders; writes citations and makes arrests as appropriate.
• Conducts accident/criminal investigations; locates and questions witnesses, victims or other persons and 2 takes statements; interrogates suspects; collects evidence; examines records; testifies in court; serves warrants, obtains subpoenas and makes arrests; conducts surveillance; works undercover; prepares detailed investigative reports.
• Intervenes in fights/disputes which cause disturbances/confusion; mediates disputes.
• Administers first aid as appropriate. Enforces vehicle parking and operating laws; uses radar units to enforce speed laws, concentrating efforts on high-accident locations, citizen complaint locations, and locations where officers have observed high speed.
• Establishes traffic control and police protection at incidents attracting crowds; performs police duties at parades, processions and other events; provides security/escort services to individuals, businesses or others as appropriate.
• Examines premises of unoccupied buildings/residences to detect suspicious conditions; reports safety hazards associated with facilities serving the public (e.g., deficient streetlights, signs, road surfaces, etc.).
• Provides assistance to motorists as appropriate.

Provides assistance to other officers as needed; substitutes for co-workers in temporary absence of same; performs flexible unit assignments as needed in emergency response.
• Responds to questions, complaints and requests for information/assistance by telephone or in person from the general public, news media, court personnel, employees, officials, or other persons.
• Confers with staff, police officers and others as necessary to obtain information or resolve problems; contacts command/supervisory personnel by radio, telephone, pager/beeper, voice mail, etc., for emergency response and critical incident communications.
• Communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
• Answers the telephone; provides information, advice and guidance; takes and relays messages and/or directs calls to appropriate personnel; returns calls as necessary.
• Prepares reports, logs, citations, and other documentation; maintains files and logs; performs other clerical duties. Maintains current manuals, policies/procedures, bulletins, map books, etc., for reference and/or review.
• Attends shift meetings, training sessions and seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of City/departmental operations, to promote improved job performance, and to stay current with changing policies and procedures, codes, and criminal/civil case law.
Additional Job Functions
• Performs other duties as required.
• Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
• Sixty credit hours of college education preferred. Requires Police Officer certification by the State of Tennessee within (6) months from the date of hire. Requires a valid Driver’s License.

(ADA) MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines, tools and equipment which includes a motor vehicle, computer, calculator, copy machine, telephone, camera, video camera, tape recorder, two-way radio, radar gun, baton, handcuffs, gun/firearm, etc. Must be able to use body members to work, move or carry objects or
materials. Must be able to exert in excess of one hundred pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to fifty pounds of force frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for very heavy work.
DATA CONCEPTION: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional, technical, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange technical or administrative information relating to law enforcement. Includes giving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or assistants.
LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires the ability to read a variety of informational documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures related to the job of Police Officer. Requires the ability to write reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise,
voice control, and confidence using correct English and a well-modulated voice.
INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand basic to complex principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to the job of Police Officer.
VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information to supervisors and officials; to explain procedures and policies; and to follow verbal and written instructions, guidelines and objectives.

NUMERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and subtract totals; multiply and divide; determine percentages; determine time and weight; and utilize statistical inference.
FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape, visually with equipment.
MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using automated equipment.
MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, equipment, control knobs, 4 switches, etc. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have average levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
COLOR DISCRIMINATION: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.
INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with people (i.e. staff, supervisors, general public, and officials) beyond giving and receiving instructions such as in interpreting departmental policies and procedures. Must be adaptable to performing under considerable stress when confronted with an emergency related to the job of Police Officer.
PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking – expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words). (Hearing – perceiving nature of sounds by ear).
KNOWLEDGE OF JOB Has considerable knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the City and Police Department practices as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the job of Police Officer. Has considerable knowledge of local ordinances and of law enforcement practices, policies and procedures as necessary in the completion of
daily responsibilities. Knows how to develop and administer operations and staff plans and objectives for the expedience and effectiveness of specific duties of the department. Knows how to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, computer
operations, equipment needs, etc. as they pertain to departmental operations and activities. Is able to effectively communicate and interact with supervisors, members of the general public and all other groups involved in the activities of the department. Is able to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear and effective manner. Has good
organizational, human relations, and technical skills. Is able to use independent judgment and work with little direct supervision when necessary. Has the ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized within the department. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations. Is knowledgeable and proficient with computers. Is able to follow all precautionary measures when dealing with suspects who are known to be dangerous. Is able to remain calm in emergency and/or life-threatening situations.

Facebook Marketplace Rental Scams

Spring Hill, TN – We have taken several reports this year in which victims are scammed into thinking they are renting a house in Spring Hill. The scammer will pose as a landlord/property owner and place “their” property for rent on Facebook Marketplace. The scammer does not actually own the property, they simply want your money and will disappear. Facebook Marketplace prices are sometimes lower. If a price is too good to be true, it probably is.

Often times the scammer will ask the victim to create an account on a payment app, such as Zelle/MoneyGram/Venmo/CashApp. The scammer will send the victim an “application” or “lease agreement” and the victim will send money to the scammer for the deposit or rent. Sometimes the scammer will know the code to the lock box (codes should be changed frequently to help prevent this) and this will add legitimacy to the situation. Scammers often use throwaway Facebook accounts, Voice Over IP phone numbers, and use virtual private networks (VPN) to access the internet, thus making tracking them down harder.

It is extremely important to avoid being scammed in the first place. These are some common red flags:

  • Watch out for common signs of suspicious posts such as vague messages, low prices, lack of photos, and no contact information.
  • Be sure to thoroughly check the contact information on a listing, as this is usually the best way to identify a scam. Verify the correct contact information by cross-referencing credible sources.
  • Do not communicate with anyone who does not have a photo on their profile or who is asking you to use a personal server as this may be a phishing scam.
  • Ask questions about the property in person (not through email). A real landlord or leasing agent will be knowledgeable about the home.
  • Be sure to inspect the property before signing any contracts or handing over money.
  • Be cautious of people who are asking for upfront cash payments.

Ways to find trustworthy rental listings online:

  • Always research the listing. You might also want to check other listings on different websites.
  • Perform a Google search of the listing name and address to see if there are any review websites that mention it. Websites such as Nextdoor, Yelp! and ApartmentRatings can provide some valuable insight on home listings near you.
  • Be wary of deals that are too good to be true and vague messages from landlords. If the landlord is offering a price much lower than what it actually costs, there’s probably something wrong with the property or they’re scamming you.
  • Ask for identification.Rental agents should have photo ID badges issued by the company that owns or manages the property.
  • Never pay with cash, wire transfers or gift cards. If anyone tells you to pay this way, it’s a sure sign of a scam. Wiring money is like sending cash — once you send it, you have no way to get it back. As for gift cards, they’re for gifts, NOT for payments.

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.