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.

Four SHPD Officers Complete Crisis Intervention Training Course

Spring Hill, TN – Four SHPD officers along with fourteen other Williamson County first responders graduated from the first Williamson County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training course that was held last week in Franklin, TN. CIT programs are community-based programs that bring law enforcement together with mental health professionals, advocates, and other partners to improve community responses to persons experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal is to improve safety for both parties during interactions between law enforcement and people experiencing a mental health crisis and to increase connections to effective and timely mental health services.

The SHPD is hoping to add non-sworn mental health professionals in the near future to provide the best possible service to those experiencing a mental health crisis.

Catalytic Converter Thefts at AMC Movie Theater

Spring Hill, TN- In the past week we have taken two reports of catalytic converter theft (same date) from vehicles that were parked at the AMC movie theater. Catalytic converter theft has been on the rise, nationwide, since March of 2020.

A catalytic converter is a device that looks like a small muffler along with the exhaust system. It is designed to convert the environmentally hazardous exhaust emitted by an engine into less harmful gasses. To do this, manufacturers use platinum, palladium, or rhodium. In recent years, the values of these precious metals have increased significantly. As of December 2020, rhodium was valued at $14,500 per ounce, palladium at $2,336 per ounce, and platinum going for $1,061 per ounce. Typically, recyclers will pay $50 to $250 per catalytic converter.

Please see this article from the National Insurance Crime Bureau for more information. If you see suspicious activity, please report it to our dispatch immediately at 931-486-2632 or 911.

Alarm Permit Renewal or Initial Registration

Spring Hill, TN- It’s that time of year again, the Holiday Season is quickly approaching which could mean only one thing, alarm permit renewal (or if you don’t have one, initial registration) time. Please fill out the alarm system registration form on the City of Spring Hill’s website. New alarm permits cost $20 and renewals cost $10. Alarm permits are valid from the time of purchase until December 31st of the same year.

If you need to know if your alarm permit is expired, please contact Officer Shauna Pewitt at spewitt@springhilltn.org.

SHPD To Participate in “Slow Down Tennessee” Initiative

TENNESSEE HIGHWAY SAFETY OFFICE LAUNCHES “SLOW DOWN TENNESSEE” ON OCTOBER 15

TENNESSEE – On Friday, October 15, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) launches its speeding prevention campaign called “Slow Down Tennessee” in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), AAA – The Auto Club Group, the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and local law enforcement agencies. From October 15 – 29, participating agencies will increase public education and enforcement efforts to reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide.

“The initial launch of ‘Slow Down Tennessee’ in April made a tremendous impact on local communities,” said Director Buddy Lewis of the THSO. “During National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 17 – 23, the THSO and partners will emphasize teen safety while promoting the ‘Slow Down Tennessee’ campaign. This effort will include a stronger grassroots effort than before.”

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 2,042 traffic fatalities nationwide involving a teen driver (age 15 to 18 years old) in 2019. According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network, there were 100 traffic fatalities statewide involving a teen driver (age 13 to 19 years old) in 2019. For a county-by-county breakdown of Tennessee traffic crashes involving speeding teen drivers (age 13 to 19) from 2016 to 2021, visit   https://bit.ly/3aniOEa

“Teen drivers tend to speed and engage in aggressive driving behaviors because they feel overly confident behind the wheel,” said Tennessee Regional Manager Gavin Gill of SADD. “Lack of experience puts them at a higher risk of making unsafe choices. SADD is joining the grassroots efforts of ‘Slow Down Tennessee’ to increase SADD chapters statewide, reach more young drivers, and help prepare them for the roadway.”

The “Slow Down Tennessee” campaign includes a multi-pronged approach. The public is encouraged to participate by using #SlowDownTN on social media to help spread awareness. Participating law enforcement agencies statewide will increase saturation patrols, conduct high visibility enforcement, and/or utilize other tactics to curb speeding drivers.

Outdoor signage will display “Slow Down Tennessee” as visual reminders for speeding drivers. This includes the use of large banners, TDOT’s digital message boards, and yard signs provided by AAA – The Auto Club Group. Visit www.AAA.com/locations to find AAA Offices providing “Slow Down Tennessee” yard signs in your area. Teens can request free customized “Slow Down (School Mascot)” signs for their schools by using this link: https://reducetncrashes.org/activities/slow-down-signs-your-school

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

Detective Attends Crisis Intervention Team Training

Spring Hill, TN – Detective Jeff Alexander recently attended a four-day Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Detective Alexander will be the Spring Hill Police Department’s (SHPD) CIT Coordinator. In that position he will serve as the liaison between the SHPD and mental health resources.

The CIT model, known as the “Memphis Model,” was first developed in 1988 and has spread throughout the country. In September 2007 a group of individuals who were dedicated to advancing CIT programs convened in Memphis to develop the Core Elements document. This effort was led by the founders of CIT, Dr. Randy Dupont and Major (retired) Sam Cochran.

The CIT program is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and additional professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families, and other advocates. It is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention training to help persons with mental disorders and/or addictions access medical treatment rather than place them I the criminal justice system due to illness-related behaviors. It also promotes officer safety and the safety of the individual in crisis.

CIT is a program that provides the foundation necessary to promote community and statewide solutions to assist individuals with a mental illness and/or addictions. The CIT Model reduces both stigma and the need for further involvement with the criminal justice system. CIT provides a forum for effective problem solving regarding the interaction between the criminal justice and mental health care system and creates the context for sustainable change.

Research shows that communities that prescribe to the CIT Program model, have higher success rates in resolving serious crisis situations. The SHPD hopes to have five officers attend the CIT training in November of this year and more attend next year. More Information about CIT can be found here.

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SHPD to Partner with THSO for the “Booze It and Lose It” Campaign from August 18th to September 6th

Spring Hill, TN– The Spring Hill Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its “Booze It and Lose It” campaign from August 18 to September 6, surrounding the Labor Day holiday. This initiative coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization to increase impaired-driving enforcement nationwide. 

The Department will have extra officers patrolling with specific focus on locating and arresting suspected impaired motorists. 

Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year.  

The consequences of a single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in the state of Tennessee may include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle.  

The THSO provides grant funding to support the Spring Hill Police Department’s increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It and Lose It campaign. For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.