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THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD
The primary objective of the Springfield
Police Department is to strive for a
community free from crime and disorder,
consistent with the values of a free
society. The department's
role is to enforce the law in a fair
and impartial manner, recognizing both
the statutory and judicial limitations
of police authority and the constitutional
rights of all persons.
The department is currently staffed
with thirty-nine (39) commissioned
officers and thirty-two (32) civilian employees
serving as public safety dispatchers,
records clerks, office managers and
secretaries. The Springfield Police
Department provides assistance to and
receives assistance from the Robertson
County Sheriff's Department and all
other public safety agencies within
The Springfield Police Department
uniformed Patrol Division comes in contact
with the most citizens of any division.
Their primary function includes, but
is not limited to, preventative patrol,
response to calls for service, traffic
control, direction and enforcement to
ensure maintenance of public order,
crisis intervention, and the development
of relationship within the community.
This division is composed of a Lieutenant,
five (5) sergeants, five (5) master
patrol officers, and seventeen (17) patrol
officers. The Patrol Division works
twelve-hour shifts with the exception
of the bicycle unit which has a forty
(40) hour work week.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION
The Criminal Investigation (Detective)
Division is made up of police officers
assigned to conduct criminal investigations.
This division investigates all crimes
against persons and property including
homicides, auto thefts, burglaries,
narcotic violations and juvenile crime.
The division is composed of a Lieutenant,
five (5) detectives for personal and
property crimes and one (1) detective
assigned to investigate child abuse
and sex crimes. The criminal investigation
unit also has patrol officers on special
assignment who work narcotics enforcement.
The Communications Division is staffed
by the 911 Director, two (2) communications supervisors, nineteen (19) full-time dispatchers and five (5)
part-time dispatchers. These operators
dispatch City of Springfield police
and fire units, as well as all utility
departments after 4:30 p.m. The City
of Springfield has an enhanced 911 system
whereby any resident of Springfield
who dials 911 for an emergency has their
call answered by the dispatchers. The
enhanced 911 system shows the dispatchers
the name, address and telephone number
of the person requesting help.
The Records Division maintains all
vehicle accident reports, offense reports,
citations, and arrest reports generated
by the officers of the department. The
Records Division is open from 7:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Persons wishing to have copies of reports
may acquire them from the Records Division
after a period of forty-eight (48) hours
has elapsed since the reports were filed.
Persons requesting a copy of a report
should reference either a case number
or event number which they can obtain
from the police officer taking the report.
The presentation of a case or event
number will greatly assist the records
clerk in generating a copy of the report.
In 1994 the Springfield Police Department
began the operation of a bicycle patrol
unit in partnership with the Springfield
Housing Authority. Currently, five (5)
officers are assigned to this unit which
has a neighborhood precinct located
on Richard Street. The unit is partially
funded through grants obtained by the
Springfield Housing Authority.
Special units of the Police Department include the K-9 unit. The canine officer is "Endy” a Belgian Malinois trained to detect narcotics and for tracking and building searches. The canine training lasted for a period of six (6) months before Endy was able to assume his duties. He was trained under the guidelines of the United States Police Canine Association.
The department also has a S.P.E.A.R.
Team (Springfield Police Emergency Assault
Rescue Team) that is specially trained
to handle calls such as hostage situations,
barricaded suspects, and the execution
of high-risk search warrants. The members
of the team train monthly and have full-time
patrol or investigation duties with
The Police Department is always
interested in preventing crime through
neighborhood watch programs. Anyone
wishing to start a neighborhood watch
program should contact Lieutenant Thad Dorris by calling (615) 384-8422 ext. 238.
The Police Department also operates
a Crime Stoppers telephone line. Anyone
wishing to provide information about
any crime can call (615) 382-3799.
Persons providing information remain
anonymous and can earn up to one thousand
dollars ($1,000.00) for the information
provided. For more information about
Crime Stoppers contact Lieutenant William
Watkins by calling (615) 384-8422, ext. 240.
BURGLAR AND FIRE ALARMS
The City of Springfield requires
that all burglar and fire alarms be
registered with the Police Department.
The City allows each owner of an alarm
up to three (3) false alarms in a calendar
year. After the third false alarm, each
successive false alarm within the calendar
year will result in the alarm owner
being assessed a twenty-five dollar
($25.00) service charge. The false
alarm ordinance may be accessed
on-line by returning to the City of
Springfield Home Page and clicking on
City Ordinances. Title 11, Chapter 3
of the City of Springfield Municipal
Code addresses false alarms.
Burglar and Fire Alarm Registration
FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY GRADUATES
The department currently has five
(5) officers who have attended the FBI
National Academy in Quantico, Virginia
including: Assistant Chief Danny Johnson, Lieutenant
Jimmy Grogan, Lieutenant William Watkins,
Detective Madison Burnett and Detective
Terry Dorris. The FBI National Academy
consists of twelve (12) weeks of management
level training and is considered to
be the top ranked law enforcement training
facility for local and state law officers.
It is an honor to be selected to attend
this training program which has graduated
over thirty-five thousand (35,000) law
The department is actively involved
in the activities of Tennessee Homeland
Security District 7 which encompasses
Robertson, Montgomery, Cheatham, Dickson,
Houston, Humphreys and Stewart counties.
The City of Springfield has recently
brought into service the new trunked
radio system which is being installed
in each county within Homeland District
7. The new radio system allows public
safety departments within a county,
within neighboring counties, or throughout
the homeland security district to communicate
with one another individually or collectively
in the event of a natural or man-made
emergency or disaster.
SIREN WARNING SYSTEM
The City of Springfield has installed
an outdoor warning system using an Omni-directional
high powered voice and siren system.
The system is used to notify the public
in the event of tornado warnings and
other types of potential natural and
man-made disasters. The siren warning
system is tested on the first Saturday
of every month at noon.
FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING
Since 1994 the Springfield Police
Department has received over one million
dollars in Federal government grant
funding. This money has been used to
partially or fully fund salaries and
benefits for nine (9) new police officer
positions and a secretary position.
The funding also enabled the department
to purchase an automobile, computer
equipment, electronic fingerprint equipment,
investigative equipment and video cameras.
SPRINGFIELD POLICE EXPLORER POST
The Springfield Police Department
has sponsored an Explorer Post for the
last sixteen (16) years. Explorers is
a program of the Boy Scouts of America
and our Post is designed for young people,
both male and female, from the ages
of 14 to 20 who are interested in law
enforcement as a possible career. In
addition to learning about the day to
day operations of the Police Department,
the Explorers help with many community
events such as the Robertson County
Fair, the American Cancer Society's
Relay-for-Life, and the Springfield
Parks and Recreation Department's Winter
Wonderland. Each year during the summer
the Post goes to Montgomery Bell State
Park for a week to participate in a
miniature Police Academy where the Explorers
experience a taste of what certified
police officers do. The Explorer Post
also travels annually to competition
in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where they
compete against other Police Explorer
Posts from fifteen (15) other states.
For donations or information concerning
the Springfield Police Department Explorer
Post, please contact Master Police Officer
Thad Dorris at (615) 384-8422, ext. 713.
POLICE DEPARTMENT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
|Non-Emergency Dispatch Calls
|911 Director Elvis Wilson
||(615) 384-4911 ext. 201
|Chief David Thompson
||(615) 384-8422 ext. 226
|Assistant Chief Danny Johnson
||(615) 384-8422 ext. 226
|Lieutenant Jimmy Grogan
||(615) 384-8422 ext. 233
|Lieutenant William Watkins
||(615) 384-8422 ext. 240
|Lieutenant Thad Dorris
||(615) 384-8422 ext. 238
||(615) 384-8422 ext. 225
||(615) 384-8422 ext. 223
and ext. 224
Springfield Police Department
802 Willow Street
Springfield, Tennessee 37172
Business Telephone: (615) 384-8422
Fax Number: (615) 382-1634
David Thompson, Chief of Police
Danny Johnson, Assistant Chief of Police