“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.

Subject Arrested After Carjacking in Franklin and Pursuit in Spring Hill

January 21st. – SHPD officers were dispatched to an address in north Spring Hill concerning an unwanted family member at the house (later identified as Clay Andrews, 36 years old). Andrews was gone upon officers arrival. Officers were called back to the same house where Andrews returned, forced entry into the house, and allegedly grabbed several knives and placed a family member in fear of an assault from Andrews. That family member left the house and Andrews left the area in a vehicle. Based on the witness statement, warrants for aggravated burglary and aggravated assault were obtained.

A county-wide broadcast was sent by the Franklin Police Department concerning a carjacking that just occurred in their jurisdiction. Officers spotted a vehicle matching that description attempting to pull into the driveway of the home. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle when it fled at a high rate of speed. Officers pursued the vehicle into the Brixworth subdivision off of Buckner Rd. The vehicle eventually lost control and crashed. Andrews fled from the vehicle and was captured a short distance later. While attempting to take Andrews into custody he bit an SHPD officer. A Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy who was present had to deploy a TASER in order to gain compliance over Andrews.

In addition to the crimes mentioned above Andrews will be charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, and drug offenses. The Franklin Police Department will have charges stemming from the carjacking in Franklin.

Vehicle Andrews was driving

SHPD Hiring for Police Officers Deadline February 19th, 2021

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 at: https://www.springhilltn.org/FormCenter/Human-Resources-7/Employment-Application-42

• 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 physical fitness testing, written testing, oral interviews, criminal background investigation, criminal and driving history search, fingerprints, medical examination, psychological examination and deception test.

Employment Requirements:
Uncertified 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 $18.99/hr., with pay incentives for prior certified law enforcement experience and
Criminal Justice related degrees
• Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System
• Free 25k life insurance policy with option to purchase additional plans
• Option for free family medical plan
• Dental and vision insurance offered
• Take-home car within a specified radius and after initial training is completed.
• Uniforms and equipment are furnished with a $500 clothing allotment thereafter

Applications will be accepted through February 19, 2021 @ 8:00 AM CST.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
• Enforces all City and State codes, ordinances, laws and regulations (both traffic and criminal) in order life and property, prevent crime, and promote security. Patrols designated areas via motor vehicle or on foot; make police presence known in a manner that contributes to deterrence of law violations.
• Prevents/discovers commission of crime; apprehends criminals and offenders; writes citations and
makes arrests as appropriate.
• Responds to calls/complaints involving automobile accidents, misdemeanors and felonies.
• Conducts accident/criminal investigations; locates and questions witnesses, victims or other persons and takes statements; interrogates suspects; collects evidence; examines records; testifies in court; serves warrants, obtains subpoenas and makes arrests; conducts surveillance; works undercover; prepares detailed investigative reports.
• Intervenes in fights/disputes which cause disturbances/confusion; mediates disputes.
• Administers first aid as appropriate.
• Enforces vehicle parking and operating laws; uses radar units to enforce speed laws, concentrating
efforts on high-accident locations, citizen complaint locations, and locations where officers have
observed high speed.
• Establishes traffic control and police protection at incidents attracting crowds; performs police duties at parades, processions and other events; provides security/escort services to individuals, businesses or others as appropriate.
• Examines premises of unoccupied buildings/residences to detect suspicious conditions; reports safety hazards associated with facilities serving the public (e.g., deficient streetlights, signs, road surfaces, etc.).
• Provides assistance to motorists as appropriate.
• Confers with staff, police officers and others as necessary to obtain information or resolve problems; contacts command/supervisory personnel by radio, telephone, pager/beeper, voice mail, etc., for emergency response and critical incident communications.
• Communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and
responding to radio communications.
• Provides assistance to other officers as needed; substitutes for co-workers in temporary absence of
same; performs flexible unit assignments as needed in emergency response.
• Responds to questions, complaints and requests for information/assistance by telephone or in person from the general public, news media, court personnel, employees, officials, or other persons.
• Answers the telephone; provides information, advice and guidance; takes and relays messages and/or directs calls to appropriate personnel; returns calls as necessary.
• Prepares reports, logs, citations, and other documentation; maintains files and logs; performs other
clerical duties.
• Maintains current manuals, policies/procedures, bulletins, map books, etc., for reference and/or review.
• Attends shift meetings, training sessions and seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of City/ departmental operations, to promote improved job performance, and to stay current with changing policies and procedures, codes, and criminal/civil case law.
• Performs other duties as required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines, tools and includes a motor vehicle, computer, calculator, copy machine, telephone, camera, video camera, tape
recorder, two-way radio, radar gun, baton, handcuffs, gun/firearm, etc. Must be able to use body members work, move or carry objects or materials. Must be able to exert in excess of one hundred pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to fifty pounds of force frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for very heavy work.
DATA CONCEPTION: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional,
technical, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious
standards) of data, people, or things.
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to
convey or exchange technical or administrative information relating to law enforcement. Includes giving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or assistants.
LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires the ability to read a variety of informational documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures related to the job of Police Officer. Requires the ability to write reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and a well-modulated voice.
INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand basic to complex principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to the job of Police Officer.
VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information to supervisors and officials; to explain procedures and policies; and to follow verbal and written instructions, guidelines and objectives.
NUMERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and subtract totals; multiply and divide; determine percentages; determine time and weight; and utilize statistical inference.
FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape,
visually with equipment.
MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using automated
MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, equipment, control knobs,
switches, etc. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have average levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
COLOR DISCRIMINATION: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.
INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with people (i.e. staff, supervisors, general public, and officials) beyond giving and receiving instructions such as in interpreting departmental policies and procedures. Must be adaptable to performing under considerable stress when confronted with an emergency related to the job of Police Officer.
PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking – expressing or
exchanging ideas by means of spoken words). (Hearing – perceiving nature of sounds by ear).
KNOWLEDGE OF JOB: Has considerable knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the
City and Police Department practices as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the job
of Police Officer. Has considerable knowledge of local ordinances and of law enforcement practices,
policies and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities. Knows how to develop and administer operations and staff plans and objectives for the expedience and effectiveness of specific duties of the department. Knows how to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, computer operations, equipment needs, etc. as they pertain to departmental operations and activities. Is able to effectively communicate and interact with supervisors, members of the general public and all other groups involved in the activities of the department. Is able to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear and effective manner. Has good organizational, human relations, and technical skills. Is able to use independent judgment and work with little direct supervision when necessary. Has the ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized within the department. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations. Is knowledgeable and proficient with computers. Is able to follow all precautionary measures when dealing with suspects who are
known to be dangerous. Is able to remain calm in emergency and/or life-threatening situations.

Williamson County Emergency Communications Department Hiring

The Williamson County Emergency Communications Department is hiring for 911 dispatchers/telecommunicators. This agency dispatches for all law enforcement agencies in Williamson County (including Maury side of Spring Hill) except for the City of Brentwood. They also handle 911 calls for the county and dispatch fire/EMS. Apply here.

Please check out this video for more information on what they do.

Juvenile Charged with Attempted First Degree Murder Stemming from a Shooting on Belle Drive

On Friday January 8th SHPD Officers were notified by the Columbia Police Department that a shooting victim (17 years of age) was at Maury Regional Hospital. The victim stated that the shooting occurred outside of a home on Belle Drive in Spring Hill a few hours earlier. The victim was treated and released from the hospital.

One 16 year old has been arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, and reckless endangerment. The shooting was not random and the parties involved are believed to have known each other. The investigation is ongoing.

“Felony Lane Gang” Likely Responsible for Certain Vehicle Burglaries This Week

First off, the “Felony Lane Gang” (FLG) is not a traditional street gang. The group got that particular name due to their mode of operation in going to the furthest drive-thru lane at the bank to avoid detection. The group originated in Florida over a decade ago and has been traveling to middle Tennessee to commit their crimes for at least that long.

The group targets cars parked in public places like parks, gyms, and post-offices. The group specifically are looking for purses that are likely to contain ID cards, checks, and credit cards. The suspects take that information and go to the “felony lane” of the bank drive-thru with a wig on to appear that they are the account holder. The FLG use rental cars to commit their crimes. Law Enforcement across the country have identified and arrested, over the last five years, more than 1500 FLG members. Some have been prosecuted at the federal level.

The FLG mode of operation is to smash windows and steal purses in plain sight. Please keep those items hidden. Keep in mind that FLG does surveillance of target areas and may watch you hide your items so it would be a good idea to have it hidden prior to parking.

SHPD Meets Conditions for Certification from the TACP Concerning it’s Use of Force Policy

The Spring Hill Police Department (SHPD) was notified by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) that they meet the conditions for certification on the Presidential Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities. The SHPD was required to meet two standards in order to be credentialed:

  1. That the agency’s use of force policies prohibit chokeholds, except in situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law;
  2. That the agency’s use of force policies adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

This credential allows the SHPD to be eligible to receive federal grants for three years beginning from December of 2020. The SHPD also maintains Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation from the TACP. This means that all of our policies and procedures conform to standards created by the TACP.

Burglary Reported at The Bridge Church

January 5th- The Spring Hill Police Department took a burglary report from The Bridge Church, 3005 Parkfield Loop South. It was reported that on January 4th at about 10:36 PM a subject forced entry into the church and stole a keyboard. The subject is seen on the above images/videos. If you have information that can help identify this person, please submit an anonymous tip here.