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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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 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 Receives 3rd Law Enforcement Accreditation Award

L-R: LT Michael Foster, Chief Don Brite, Deputy Chief Jason Fogle

Spring Hill, TN – The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program is pleased to announce that it has granted the award of meritorious accreditation to the Spring Hill Police Department.  This is the third accreditation award for the department. They were awarded this achievement during the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) meeting held in Franklin, TN on February 2, 2022.

To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a three year process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness utilizing 164 law enforcement standards and participating in a thorough on-site assessment. The standards evaluate an agency’s policies which address a variety of areas including organizational, operational and budget management practices.  The program is intended to encourage cooperation, recognize professional standing, develop professional services and ensure public safety throughout the State of Tennessee. The TLEA program is a valuable and cost effective way to enhance overall agency effectiveness and professionalism.

The Spring Hill Police Department successfully accomplished TLEA accreditation by meeting criteria that measured the professionalism, organizational, and overall readiness in law enforcement policy and procedures. “The standard of excellence that is met through this process is to be admired. We are proud to recognize the hard work of the Spring Hill Police Department, its staff and community leaders,” stated TACP President Mark Yother

The TLEA program was created under the direction and authority of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, which supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications operations. This program provides a framework for Tennessee law enforcement agencies to have equal access to effective and comprehensive polices that enhance the professionalism of law enforcement and the safety of our communities.

The TLEA Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement and acknowledges the successful implementation of written directives, policies, and procedures that conceptually sound and operationally effective. It takes commitment, dedication, and hard work from the agency head, agency personnel and community leaders to meet the standards prescribed by the program.

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Information Concerning Home Rental Scams

Spring Hill, TN – We have taken a couple reports in the last month dealing with home rental scams. Both of these scams originated on Facebook Marketplace. Both rental homes are currently owned by American Homes for Rent. Both victims used the mobile payment app “Zelle” to transfer money to the scammers. Both victims were asked to pay a $100 application fee, a $1,000 deposit, and the first month’s rent. In one case, the scammer gave the victim the key code (self-guided tour) to access the keys to the house. The scammer will email a fake lease. The scammer will also ask for your personal identifying information such as your date of birth and social security number. The “Landlord” will never meet you in person. They will have a built-in excuse of why they can’t. If you send the scammer money, they will come up with other reasons why you need to send them more money until you realize it’s a scam.

Please read this blog post from the Federal Trade Commission to help you avoid a rental scam: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2019/06/keys-avoiding-home-rental-scams.

If you fall victim to a rental scam, please report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (https://www.ic3.gov/) and your local law enforcement agency.

SHPD To Participate With State and Local Partners In A Patrol Saturation on Christmas Eve To Focus On Aggressive Driving and DUIs

Spring Hill, TN – On December 24, 2021 the Spring Hill Police Department (SHPD) will partner with the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) and the Maury and Williamson County Sheriffs’ Offices to ensure a safe holiday travel experience. Our primary goal will be to ensure that everyone traveling within our city arrives at their destination safely so they can enjoy the holiday with their friends and family. The SHPD, along with other law enforcement partners, will be saturating high traffic areas within our city looking for any driving that may be creating an unsafe driving condition for other travelers. Citizens are encouraged to contact 911 and or *THP to report any unsafe driving. Happy Holidays.  

2021 Kiwanis Spring Hill Christmas Parade

Spring Hill, TN – The 2021 Kiwanis Spring Hill Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 11th. The parade will start at 5 PM. Here is a map of the parade route:

Parade Line will start on Toone Prados by the Elementary School. Floats will start on Main St from Toone Prados and head north on Main St. You will then turn left onto Beechcroft Rd. and end at Evans Park. Beechcroft Rd. The parade route will be closed for traffic at approximately 4:30 PM.

SHPD Partners With JustFOIA To Provide Public Records Request Portal

Spring Hill, TN – Beginning today (November 29th, 2021) members of the public or media organizations can submit requests and pay for police public records requests online using this link: https://springhilltn.justfoia.com/publicportal. All available police records such as incident reports, accident reports, patrol car/body-worn camera footage, etc. will be provided using this portal. Users will have the option of receiving the requested information by pick-up at the department, inspection only, US Mail, or by by electronic delivery. Members of the public can still walk-in to the police department and make a records request in-person.

We are not the custodian of records for emergency communications records such as recorded 911 and non-emergency phone calls or computer aided dispatch (CAD) records. Those requests should be submitted to the Williamson County Emergency Communications Department here.