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Police Department
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Patrol Division
Crime Investigation Division
Communications Division
Records Division
Bicycle Patrol
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Crime Prevention
Crime Stoppers
Burglar and Fire Alarms
FBI National Academy Graduates
Homeland Security
Siren Warning System
Federal Grant Funding
Springfield Police Explorer Post 0183
Police Department Telephone Numbers


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 Robertson County.

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.

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 department.

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.

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

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 enforcement officers.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Emergency Calls 911
Non-Emergency Dispatch Calls (615) 384-4911
911 Director Elvis Wilson (615) 384-4911 ext. 201
Crime Stoppers (615) 382-3799
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
Detective Division (615) 384-8422 ext. 225
Records Division (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



The City of Springfield does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d). La Ciudad de Springfield no discrimina basado en la carrera, el color ni el origen nacional en federal ni el estado patrocino los programas, para Titular conforme a VI del Acto de Derechos Civiles de 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d).


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