SHPD Seat Belt Enforcement During “Click it or Ticket”

SPRING HILL, TN – As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacation, the SPRING HILL POLICE DEPT. is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” From May 24 through June 6, participating agencies across the state will increase seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide mobilization.

Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car, but it’s more than that. Buckling up is the LAW.

Our law enforcement officers see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life. Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. This should be automatic.

According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), 403 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt. This represents approximately 33 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2020.

According to NHTSA, in 2019, there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing 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 both day and night.

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

National Police Week May 9th -15th 2021

What is National Police Week?

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. The principal organizers of National Police Week include:

  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which produces the annual Candlelight Vigil.
    Phone: 202.737.3400 | vigil@nleomf.org
  • Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), which organize the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol.
    www.policeweek.org
  • Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which holds the National Police Survivors’ Conference.
    Phone: (573) 346-4911| cops@nationalcops.org

We pay respect to those fallen Tennessee law enforcement officers who lost their lives while serving their communities in 2020:

Captain Anthony T. Jackson | Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Captain Anthony T. Jackson

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, TN

EOW: Friday, December 25, 2020

Cause of Death: COVID19

Police Officer Bobby Rodriguez Montgomery | Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Bobby Rodriguez Montgomery

Memphis Police Department, TN

EOW: Sunday, August 16, 2020

Cause of Death: COVID19

Police Officer Destin S. Legieza | Brentwood Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Destin S. Legieza

Brentwood Police Department, TN

EOW: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Correctional Deputy Jeremy D. Smith | Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Correctional Deputy Jeremy D. Smith

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, TN

EOW: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Cause of Death: COVID19

Officers Respond to Single Vehicle Wreck That Occurred on Port Royal Rd.

On Sunday March 28th at 3:45 AM SHPD officers responded to a call of a subject walking on Kedron Rd. close to Golf View Way. Officers located the subject who told them that they were driving their vehicle (pictured above) on Port Royal Rd. close to the bridge over Rutherford Creek. The vehicle left the roadway and went into Rutherford Creek. The subject was able to get out of their vehicle and walk to Kedron Rd where they were later found. The vehicle was pulled from the creek today after a local drone operator was able to locate the vehicle some 300 yards from the bridge, still in the creek. The driver sustained minor injuries but did not wish EMS transport.

“Sextortion” Reports Target Teenagers Online

We have taken several reports in the last couple months involving teenagers that have been “sextorted” online. Please see this article from the FBI for more information.

This crime occurs on various chat apps or electronic service providers such as Google, Facebook , etc. Sextortion describes a crime that happens online when an adult convinces a person who is younger than 18 to share sexual pictures or perform sexual acts on a webcam.

Sextortion can start on any site where people meet and communicate. Someone may contact you while you are playing a game online or reach out over a dating app or one of your social media accounts.

In some cases, the first contact from the criminal will be a threat. The person may claim they already have a picture or video of you that they will share if you don’t send more pictures. More often, however, this crime starts when young people believe they are communicating with someone their own age who is interested in a relationship or someone who is offering something of value. The adult can use threats, gifts, money, flattery, lies, or other methods to get a young person to produce these images.

After the criminal has one or more videos or pictures, they use the threat of sharing or publishing that content to get the victim to produce more images. (In our cases the suspect will threaten to send the illicit video to family members unless the victim pays the suspect not to).

The adult has committed a crime as soon as they ask a young person for a single graphic image.

Parents/guardians, please have a conversation about this with your teen. Make sure they know that if this happens to them and they do send video/image, they are not in trouble, they are the victim. They may be embarrassed or scared to come to you and tell you what happened. Please also tell your teen that once he/she sends a video/image that it’s now beyond their control as to where it is disseminated next.

Please report all sextortion attempts to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip line at https://report.cybertip.org/ and your local law enforcement agency.

COVID-19 Police Records Procedure Update

In order to maintain staffing levels, we are limiting exposure to the community, therefore, we will not be conducting hand to hand transactions in our Records Unit (located at 199 Town Center Pkwy).

Please use the phone receiver on the wall if you need to request an officer. If you need a copy of a police/crash report, need to pick up property from the Evidence Custodian please use the following contact information:

Property and Evidence Pick-up:

Melissa Wilson | mwilson@springhilltn.org | 931-486-2252 x251

Roger Peters | rpeters@springhilltn.org | 931-486-2252 x221

Records Unit

Margaret Derryberry | mderryberry@springhilltn.org (PREFERRED) | 931-486-2252 x234

Information you will need to provide us:

Case number or name and date of birth of the party involved, along with the date/time of the incident

Your name and phone number

Method by which you want us to send the documents; email (preferred), fax, or mail.

We will advise you about payment upon completing your request.

Alarm Permit Registration Information

We want to remind people that they are required by Municipal Code to register their alarm system with the City. Officers may issue citations of you don’t have an alarm permit or did not renew your alarm permit.

From the City of Spring Hill’s Website (springhilltn.org):

Alarm Permits are required of all residents and businesses within the City of Spring Hill that maintain an alarm system. We require an annually updated alarm renewal to keep our records current.

“Alarm system” means any assembly of equipment, mechanical or electrical, arranged to signal the police department and/or fire department that an emergency exists and the department is needed. “Alarm system” shall also mean any alarm device which automatically emits audible, visual, or other response upon the occurrence of any hazard or emergency and is intended to alert persons outside the building to the existence of said hazard or emergency.

Permit Fees and Application Requirements

  • New Alarm Permit – $20
  • Renewed Permit – $10

An Alarm System Registration Form must be completed and submitted to the Spring Hill City Hall, along with payment for the permit fee.  Alarm registration forms and payments may be submitted in person to the Finance Office located inside the Spring Hill City Hall building at 199 Town Center Pkwy., Spring Hill, TN 37174.  They may also be mailed to:

City of Spring Hill
P.O. Box 789
Spring Hill, TN 37174
Attn:  Alarm Registration

The alarm system user will be issued an alarm permit sticker that must be placed in a suitable and readily recognizable location for emergency responders (place the alarm permit sticker on the front door of the residence or the primary entry door of a business).

Alarm Permits are valid from the time of purchase until December 31 of the same year.

Please review the Spring Hill Municipal Code regarding Alarm System / Permit Requirements for more information.

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