SHPD Looking to Identify Police Impersonator

At about 10 a.m. on Feb. 14, a person in the Target parking lot was approached by a male subject who falsely identified himself as a police officer with the Spring Hill Police Department.

The subject was described as Asian, 5’7” to 5’9” tall, wearing a black “hoodie,” black pants, and a black shirt. The subject had a freckle on his left cheek, near his eye. The subject was driving what appeared to be a gray, newer-model Ford Focus four-door hatchback.

The suspect told the victim that the victim “fit the description of a suspect that robbed the Sherwin Williams” in Spring Hill. The suspect asked for the victim’s driver’s license; the victim displayed the license but the suspect did nothing with it. The suspect did not display any type of police ID, badge, or insignia. The suspect vehicle is shown above.

If you have any information concerning this, please submit an anonymous tip: here or call 931-486-2632.

SHPD Receives Second Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Award

The Spring Hill Police Department recently accepted its first re-accreditation from the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP). 

The SHPD was accredited initially in 2015. The TACP Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is intended to provide Tennessee law enforcement agencies an avenue to advance the science and the art of police services by demonstrating that throughout the state commonly accepted standards are for the development and improvement of these services. Standards that are set forth in this program are not the maximum or minimum standards, but are standards that will set apart agencies that wish to encourage and adhere to high professional standards furthering the law enforcement profession.

These professional standards are a reflection of law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Tennessee and will enhance and assist each department in the operation and practices to promote and encourage adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of conduct and performance. The Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is administered by the TACP – Professional Standards Committee and is intended to encourage cooperation, recognize professional standing, encourage professional services and ensure public safety throughout the State of Tennessee. This program is a valuable and cost effective way to enhance overall agency effectiveness and professionalism.

Counterfeit Money Allegedly Passed at Twice Daily’s

The Spring Hill Police Department is attempting to identify a suspect involved in passing counterfeit currency. The individual pictured attempted to pass a counterfeit $50 U.S. Currency Note at the Twice Daily’s Convenience Store, Port Royal Road location on Jan. 28, 2019. Once the cashier identified the bill as counterfeit, the suspect fled the business.

If you can identify this person, please contact Det. Carden at 931-486-2252 x210 or submit an anonymous tip here.

SHPD Special Needs Notification Form

The Spring Hill Police Department is requesting that Spring Hill citizens who have family members or are caring for persons with special needs, to please complete this form here.

This form will assist officers when they are responding to a call for service or if they locate a person with special needs. For example, if we get dispatched to a call involving a person with dementia, and they can’t remember where they live and have no identification on them, we would have the information needed on file to be able to identify the person and contact the person listed as an emergency contact.

We recommend that these forms be updated annually. Pictures of the person can be uploaded to the form.

If you have further questions, please contact Jessica Garcia at the above email address or at 931-486-2252, ext. 246.

Prepaid Debit Card Theft from Target Totaling Approximately $1300

On Dec. 20, two unidentified subjects defrauded Target in Spring Hill out of approximately $1,300 in prepaid debit cards. It is believed that the two subjects have performed the same scam in other middle Tennessee Target locations.

If you can identify these subjects, please contact Det. Baker at 931-486-2252, ext. 225, or submit an anonymous tip here.

The SHPD and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office will be Participating in the Annual SAFE Campaign

The Spring Hill Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its annual “Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE)” campaign. 
This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins Feb. 1, 2019, and concludes Aug. 1, 2019.

 

“Slow Down Spring Hill and Buckle Up”

 

2019 will be the sixth year the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign. Last year yielded the following results:

 

  • 1,182 child restraint violations
  • 13,165 seat belt citations
  • 305 other seat belt enforcement activities

 

“In 2017, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 88.5 percent,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Last year, the usage rate was 88.7 percent. Through increased education, enforcement, and community involvement, we’re striving to achieve 100 percent.”

 

This year, participating agencies will pay special attention to nighttime seatbelt enforcement. Tennessee has seen a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Historically, about 50 percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly 60 when nighttime crashes are examined.

Spring Hill E-911 Dispatch consolidation with Williamson Co. effective Jan. 2, 2019

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – After months of planning and preparation, the consolidation of the City of Spring Hill’s Emergency Dispatch Department with Williamson County Department of Emergency Communications will become effective Jan. 2, 2019.

The consolidation plan will combine the City of Spring Hill’s 24-hour emergency dispatch communications and Williamson County Emergency Communications into a single entity at a level consistent with Spring Hill’s current exclusive dispatch services.

After a year of diligent discussion, the Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) in October approved the dispatch consolidation plan as a cost-saving measure that, in the long run, will improve the speed and efficiency of emergency responses.

The City will annually fund the employment costs of the 10 dispatchers it will take to handle Spring Hill’s emergency calls. All of Spring Hill’s existing dispatchers had the opportunity to transition to Williamson County to avoid layoffs. The consolidation is estimated to have a net annual savings of more than $350,000 to City operational costs, and even more savings in avoided future capital costs. At the start of the new fiscal year, July 1, 2019, the County also will hire an additional supervisory position and two additional dispatcher positions. The City will maintain one dispatch employee to coordinate with the Williamson County and to handle other associated tasks.

The savings in future capital costs is also seen as significant in the consolidation plan. The City’s Emergency Dispatch Center, housed in the basement of City Hall, has long outgrown its space. It was initially considered by City officials as to whether it should be relocated to the City-owned Northfield Complex. However, relocating all the associated equipment and continuing to maintain the communications system with the latest technology would come at a significant cost. Williamson County now offers the latest technology and equipment, which will ultimately improve our emergency response time.

“I think the move is good for the City of Spring Hill and our Fire Department; the technology that Williamson County has in place will save thousands of dollars for our City,” said Spring Hill Fire Chief Terry Hood. “Seconds count in an emergency response and, during our testing, the guys could see the calls on the new MDTs before it was dispatched over the radio.”

“As we approach the transition date to consolidate our 911 system over to Williamson County Emergency Communications, we look forward to partnering with them and the other Williamson County agencies,” Spring Hill Police Chief Don Brite said. “There will be a period of adjustments to be made as we become familiar with their operations. Williamson offers technology that will benefit our department.”

Williamson County Emergency Communications Department, which will handle all Spring Hill emergency calls on both the Williamson and Maury County sides of Spring Hill, views the consolidation as creating additional efficiencies in numbers at its state-of- the-art Public Safety Center in Franklin. The County will handle emergency communications for the cities of Franklin, Spring Hill, Nolensville, Fairview, Thompson’s Station, and all unincorporated County communities (College Grove, Bethesda, Arrington, Triune, Leiper’s Fork, etc.).

Spring Hill’s team of dispatchers has been in constant training with Williamson County to ensure a smooth transition. Williamson County answers 911 calls, dispatches fire and EMS, takes non-emergency phone calls, and operates and maintains the technology related to answering those calls, such as radios, I.T., and related infrastructure, said Steve Martini, Director of Williamson County Department of Emergency Communications, who made a public presentation to the BOMA in March 2018 when the consolidation proposal was still being considered.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to consolidate public safety communications operations with the City of Spring Hill,” Martini said. “This partnership will streamline reports of emergencies from most of Williamson County and part of Maury County into a single emergency communications center, ensuring consistently staffed and trained public safety communications professionals are prepared to coordinate emergency response to our citizens and visitors.”

The City has operated its own emergency dispatch center since 2005, the year former Mayor Ray Williams died as a result of a heart attack after a responding emergency vehicle experienced difficulties due to unfamiliarity with Spring Hill’s roads and subdivisions. This unfortunate incident served as the impetus for the forming of Spring Hill’s own emergency dispatch services and the contracting of private ambulance services to exclusively serve the Spring Hill area.

After extensive training and testing, the consolidation is structured to be a seamless transition. All existing Spring Hill emergency and non-emergency phone numbers will remain operational. The public will still be able to request officer assistance in the SHPD’s lower level of City Hall location. The Safe Exchange Zone – which serves as a public meeting place for any sort of transactions between residents, such as exchanging money for a product purchased on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace – will continue to be video recorded for safety purposes but will no longer be live monitored, as this was previously handled in our dispatch center at City Hall.

Person of Interest Wanted for Questioning Concerning Customer Phone Theft from Wal Mart

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The SHPD is investigating the theft of a smartphone from Wal-Mart after a customer left it behind by mistake. This occurred on Wednesday, Dec, 12. The pictured subject is wanted for questioning concerning this incident.

If you recognize this person, please contact Det. Baker at 931-486-2252, ext. 225, or submit an ANONYMOUS tip HERE.

How to Submit Anonymous Crime Tips to the SHPD

If you suspect drug activity is happening in your neighborhood, you can submit an anonymous tip HERE. Some patterns that may indicate drug activity include:

– An unusually large amount of traffic coming to the building, often at strange hours. This traffic is usually quick, with people staying only a short time. Sometimes they don’t go in at all; instead, someone comes out to meet them.

– Finding drugs or drug paraphernalia (syringes, pipes, etc.) in the area

– Repeated, observable exchanges of items, especially where money is visible

– Offers to sell you drugs, or conversations about drugs that you overhear

Useful Information to Report:

– The exact address or location of the drug activity

– The color, make, model, and license plate of any vehicles involved in the suspected drug activity

– The names of any people known to be involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs

– Time of day when the drug activity is most apparent

– Any children living at the residence or who are present while the drug activity is taking place

– The types of drugs (if known) being sold

Please note that a person’s ethnic background, economic status, or lifestyle are not indicators of narcotics activity.  This Tip Line will accept information about all types of crime, not just drug activity. 

Important Information Concerning Alarm Permits and Permit Renewals

Any City of Spring Hill alarm permits issued this year will expire on Dec. 31, 2018. If you have an alarm system but do not have an alarm permit, you are required to register it, per City ordinance 13-8. Alarm permit renewals are $10. New alarm permits are $20. The alarm system registration form can be downloaded here: http://www.springhilltn.org/155/Alarm-Permits
The City does not accept online payments for alarm permits. Please mail the payment to: City of Spring Hill, P.O. Box 789, Spring Hill, TN 37174, or bring it to Spring Hill City Hall, 199 Town Center Parkwaty. You will be given an alarm permit that will need to be placed in a location for emergency responders to easily view, such as the front door or front window. This is for all alarm systems, including burglar, fire, and medical.