Hit and Run Causes $1500 Worth of Damage to Brick Mailbox

Occured on 8/12/20 at approximately 10:30 PM on Churchill Drive

The SHPD is investigating damage done to a brick mailbox after a vehicle struck the mailbox and fled. The suspect vehicle is shown in the video. This occurred on 8/12/20 at approximately 10:30 PM on Churchill Drive. The approximately damage done was $1,500. If you have information concerning this, please submit an anonymous tip here.

Tennessee Safe Haven Law Information

The Spring Hill Police Department is a Secret Safe Place for Newborns of
Tennessee facility. Our staff is fully trained and equipped to receive a
newborn surrender under the Tennessee Safe Haven Law. This law allows a mother who is experiencing a hidden or unintended pregnancy to confidentially surrender her unharmed newborn with 14 days of birth to over 750+ SSPTN facilities across the state without fear of prosecution. For more information, visit www.secretsafeplacetn.org. @Secretsafeplace

Please be Mindful When Driving as Schools Begin to Open

When to stop for a school bus

Area schools will soon be opening. Please remember that there will be an increase in traffic in the mornings/afternoons. Please be mindful of children who are walking or riding bicycles to their schools. Please obey the posted school zone speed limits. Please familiarize yourself with the above diagram of when you are obligated to stop for a school bus. Officers will be in school zones in the upcoming weeks to ensure everyone’s safety.

US Census Workers in the Area

US Census workers will be in our area working on the 2020 Census. There will be employees that have both temporary and permanent identification cards. The IDs should have the worker’s name, picture, and an expiration date. If you have a question about a worker’s authenticity, please call our non-emergency phone number at 931-486-2632 in a timely manner. You can also request to speak to a US Census representative at 1-800-262-4236. As always, they will not ask you for payment in the form of gift cards or in any other manner.

Request to Identify Alleged Home Depot Shoplifting Subject

The SHPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the above person who is alleged to have stolen merchandise from The Home Depot in Spring Hill and other Home Depot stores in the middle Tennessee area. If you can identify this person, contact Det. Gallahaire at bgallahaire@springhilltn.org or submit an anonymous tip here.

SHPD Hiring for Police Officer Positions. Deadline August 10th.

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: employment application.

• 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

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 written testing, oral interview, agility testing,
background investigation, criminal and driving history search, medical examination, psychological
examination and deception test.

Employment Requirements:
Un-certified or out-of-state certified candidates must successfully complete Basic Law Enforcement
Police Academy or POST Transition School within 6 months of employment. Candidates must be
able to work various hours and shifts, to include 12 hour work days (6am-6pm / 6pm-6am).

Starting pay $19.31, TCRS Retirement, life insurance, medical, dental, and vision insurance offered. Take-home car within a specified radius and after initial training is completed.

Shots Fired Call Leads to Arrest

On Wednesday, July 1st at around 1:40 AM officers were dispatched to the 4200 block of Port Royal Rd. for a shots fired call. When officers arrived on scene, they heard several gunshots being fired from the outside of the home. An officer observed George Hodges III, 57 years old of Spring Hill, with a rifle while walking inside of his home. Officers asked Hodges to step outside but he refused to do so. Officers entered Hodges home and found him sitting on a couch with a rifle in front of him and several other rifles on the couch. Hodges was detained without incident. Hodges stated that he was “shooting at rats.” Hodges had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. Officers located numerous bullet holes in a privacy fence in the backyard that were in the direction of other houses in the area. Officers also located two bullet holes in a neighbor’s garage. While Hodges was detained, he allegedly kicked an officer several times. Hodges was arrested and charged with the following offenses; simple assault, reckless endangerment with a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm while intoxicated, vandalism, and public intoxication. All persons enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law

Indecent Exposure Incident at Jerry Erwin Park on Kedron Rd.

On Sunday, June 21st at approximately 3 PM SHPD officers were dispatched to Jerry Erwin Park on Kedron Rd. Jerry Erwin Park is not part of the City of Spring Hill Parks and Recreation but the SHPD is often on scene first when an incident occurs. A female reported that a male subject exposed his genitals to her while she was walking on the paved walking path portion of the park. Shortly after the incident the subject fled the park area.

SHPD officers arrived and located a subject with no shirt on, matching the provided description, who was hiding in a heavily wooded area across the street from the park. The subject was detained in order to affirm or dispel his involvement in this incident. The victim was able to positively identify the subject, Ronnie Hollingsworth, 58 years old of Chapel Hill, TN, as subject who exposed himself to her. The Maury County Sheriff’s Office arrived and transported Hollingsworth to the Maury County jail. He was charged with one count of indecent exposure and his bond was set at $1500.

All persons enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.

Peace Officers Memorial Day Message from Chief Don Brite


Today, May 15th, 2020, is National Peace Officers Memorial Day.  Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services were cancelled.

Across our country,  146 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2019.

In 2019, eight law enforcement officers from across the State of Tennessee died in the line of duty, they are:

Master Patrol Officer Spencer Daniel Bristol

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Michael Reece

Sergeant Joseph Brian Montijo

Correctional Administrator Debra Kay Porter-Johnson

Police Officer John Ralph Anderson, IV 

Trooper Matthew Elias Gatti

Sergeant Steven Billie Hinkle

Police Officer Nicholas Scott Galinger

The Spring Hill Police Department also remembers and honors one of our own, Corporal Jeremy McLaren.   Corporal McLaren was involved in a vehicular crash while on duty and tragically lost his life on February 7th, 2010.

At this time, Please take a moment with the Spring Hill Police Department, to remember and honor all law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  May God bless the fallen officers, their families, departments and our Country.

Thank you,

Chief Don Brite and the Spring Hill Police Department.

Honoring Fallen Tennessee Officers

We would like to take a moment to honor the following Tennessee law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019:

Master Patrol Officer Spencer Daniel Bristol| Hendersonville Police Department| EOW: Monday, December 30, 2019


Deputy Sheriff Stephen Michael Reece | Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office | EOW:  Friday, November 15, 2019


Sergeant Joseph Brian Montijo | Chattanooga Police Department | EOW: Friday, November 1, 2019


Correctional Administrator Debra Kay Porter-Johnson | Tennessee Department of Correction | EOW: Wednesday, August 7, 2019


Police Officer John Ralph Anderson, IV | Metro Nashville Police Department | EOW: Thursday, July 4, 2019


Trooper Matthew Elias Gatti | Tennessee Highway Patrol | EOW: Monday, May 6, 2019


Sergeant Steven Billie Hinkle | Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office | EOW: Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Police Officer Nicholas Scott Galinger | Chattanooga Police Department | EOW: Sunday, February 24, 2019


Thank you for serving your communities.  You will not be forgotten.