Franklin Police FAQ

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Answers to some of our most commonly asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the contemporary issues in law enforcement currently covered in the training Franklin Police Officers receive?

Crisis Intervention training, Ethics in Professional Policing, the Speed of Trust, Understanding Cultural Diversity, Interpersonal Communication, Community Policing--Best Practices, Using Verbal Judo as a conflict de-escalation technique, etc.

The Franklin Police Department is accredited – what does that involve?

The FPD was reaccredited for the sixth time in March 2016 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  In fact, the department received a “Meritorious” rating for excellence in law enforcement.  Law enforcement accreditation is the “gold standard” for demonstrating the agency meets an established set of professional standards that clearly define performance, policy & procedures.

By policy, when can an Officer use deadly force?

Only when the Officer believes the action is in defense of human life, including the Officer’s own life, or in defense of any person in imminent danger of serious physical injury.

How does the department monitor enforcement activities in order to prevent bias based profiling?

The department has a written directive that strongly prohibits bias based profiling in traffic contacts, field contacts, and arrests; continuous training is conducted on this directive; and, there is a documented annual administrative review of agency practices including citizen concerns.

  (See our most recent report, 2015)

 Does the department have a mission statement?

To provide professional police services, in partnership with the community, to ensure a safer Franklin and enhance the quality of life.

What are some of examples of activities the department does to interact with Franklin residents?

Citizen Police Academy twice a year, Teen Academy in the summer, Community picnics twice a year (when school is out and just before schools reopen), Active Shooter-- Citizen Response, Coffee & Clergy meetings, K9 demonstrations for school children, Self Defense classes for women, Police Explorer program, Church Security presentations, CPTED inspections for area businesses/churches (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design), an active social media to connect with the public and keep them informed, Safe Driving programs and child seat inspections, and much more.