Enhanced School Zone Traffic Enforcement Begins Friday for Back-to-School

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Students in Mt. Juliet are back to school this Friday and in an effort to keep kids safe while heading to and from school, Mt. Juliet Police are cracking down on motorists who disregard laws designed to protect children in school zones. The police department will have extra officers working at designated school zones before and after school for the first few weeks focusing on poor, unsafe driving behavior.

“It all comes down to the safety of our children,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “I want to ensure that our school zones and motorists are safe. So, I’ll also be out assisting officers in awareness and enforcement efforts as well.”

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In addition to the reduced speed limits in school zones, officers will be focusing on school bus stop-arm, texting while driving, seat belt, and child passenger safety laws in the enhanced enforcement effort. The enhanced enforcement will be conducted during the first two weeks of school as drivers and students become familiarized with school zones and new traffic flow. Officers will be deployed during arrival and dismissal times while there is increased school traffic. Random school zone enforcement efforts will continue throughout the school year.

“It is Mt. Juliet’s Police Department goal to ensure the safety of children and teenagers as they travel to and from school throughout the year, and officers will be vigilant to ensure those who jeopardize the safety of our community are stopped,” stated Lieutenant Tyler Chandler.

To ensure our school zones are safe this school year, Mt. Juliet Police offer the following suggestions:

  1. Give yourself plenty of time in the morning!  As traffic volumes and congestion on the roadways increase, so does the length of time it takes to travel to your destination.  Giving yourself more time, by leaving earlier, reduces stress, increases your awareness, and improves your driving. Obey the posted speed limit signs and directional signs.  This includes marked curbs.  These signs and curb markings assist in the traffic flow into and out of the schools and assist in the safety of the students who walk and bike to school. One misplaced car can disrupt the traffic flow and the safety of our students.
  2. Be patient! Impatience leads to aggressive driving, rude or unwarranted behavior, pedestrian and bicycle collisions, and it creates traffic gridlock.  Remember, everyone has the same goal in mind, to get our children safely to and from school.  Also remember, the habits you exhibit in your driving and demeanor are typically passed on to your children when they start driving.
  3. If you are driving your children to school, have them ready to leave the car, with all of their belongings, when you come to a stop at the school. Backups and delays are caused when children have to get their backpacks and other items from the trunk or back seat of a car. Explore other alternatives such as carpool, ride-sharing, walking, or biking to school.
  4. Watch and obey the school crossing guards.  Crossing guards are provided to assist with school traffic and the safe crossing of your students across the surrounding streets near each elementary school. Be on the lookout, be prepared to stop, and be prepared to follow their directions so our children can get to and from school safely.

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Mt. Juliet Police Looking to Add Reserve Officers to Volunteer Program

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Reserve police officers are an important part of the team at the Mt. Juliet Police Department, and the department is looking for dedicated individuals who want to be involved in law enforcement and public safety. Are you looking for a meaningful and challenging opportunity that helps keep Mt. Juliet safe? If so, consider applying for the Mt. Juliet Police Department’s reserve police officer program.

Reserve officers provide a vital role in supplementing the sworn personnel in essential public safety operations, which they all volunteer their time for at no cost to the department. Every volunteer police officer performs a myriad of duties such as assisting in patrol operations, deploying during natural or man-made disasters, protecting the integrity of crime scenes, assisting with crowd & traffic control during special events, and provide security during municipal court and other city events.

Reserve Sgt. Bussell, Reserve Officer Marty Potts, and Reserve Sgt. Martin

Mt. Juliet Police reserve officers come from a variety of backgrounds that enhances the Mt. Juliet Police Department with their unique sets of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Currently, there are IT specialists, accountants, large company executives, and reserve and retired military officers in the rich mix of the reserve force. A blend of retirees and employed, the reserve officers are individuals who like to learn, have the time to commit, and are dedicated to serving their community. Once reserve officer candidates pass rigorous background checks, interviews, and a physical fitness obstacle course, they are required to undergo training conducted by police instructors.

To learn more about the program and pick up an application, the Reserve Program is hosting an information session on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters. Those who are interested in the program and feel they meet the qualifications are encouraged to attend. If you cannot make the information session, you should contact Lt. Chandler at (615) 754-3904 for an alternate application procedure. The application period will close on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m..

Potential reserve officer applicants must meet similar qualifications as full-time police officers, which include:

Reserve Police Officer Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 Years of age
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor involving moral turpitude as the term is defined by law, and not having been released or discharged other than honorable conditions from any of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Must have his or her fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • Must pass a medical examination by a licensed physician
  • Must pass a drug screen by a licensed physician
  • Must have a good moral character as determined by a background investigation
  • Must be free of all apparent mental disorders as described in the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Third Edition (DSM-11) of the American Psychiatric Association, and must be certified as meeting the criteria by a qualified professional in psychiatric and psychological fields
  • Must possess a valid Tennessee drivers license

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Identity of Person-Of-Interest Sought in Stolen Wallet Case

Mt. Juliet, Tenn.  – Investigators with the Mt. Juliet Police Department are looking to identify a man who may know the whereabouts of a stolen wallet that contained a large amount of cash. On June 12, 2014, an officer was summoned to the Mapco gas station, located at 11247 Lebanon Road, for a stolen wallet report. The victim stated that he left his wallet on the top of his vehicle and drove away. When the victim returned to the gas station to locate his wallet, a store clerk stated a man came into the store to report he found a wallet in the parking lot. However, he never gave the wallet to the clerk nor returned it to the victim.

The person-of-interest is described as a white male, with an average body-build, in his mid-20’s, and having a beard. On the day the wallet was stolen, video surveillance shows him wearing a gray t-shirt with a landscaping company logo and khaki pants. The man was seen getting in and out of a white landscaping-style work truck.

Investigators hope someone in the community will recognize this person-of-interest from the surveillance video so they can be questioned about the stolen wallet.

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Anyone with any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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New Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters Open House & Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony this Friday

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The community is cordially invited to celebrate the official opening of the new Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony this Friday, July 18.

The Mt. Juliet Police Department has been in a few different locations since they began serving in 1972, but for the first time, the new police headquarters is permanent and was renovated specifically to accommodate a fully-functional police department. After a $1.5 million dollar building purchase and $380 thousand dollar renovation project, the department now has their own place that they can call home.

“A free-standing police department is a first for Mt. Juliet Police, and we are very proud to have the opportunity to serve our community out of our new building,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “I encourage our residents and community to join us this Friday for coffee and refreshments as we celebrate the official opening of Mt. Juliet’s new police headquarters.”

The debut of the new headquarters, at 1019 Charlie Daniels Parkway, is this Friday morning with a special Coffee With a Cop and Open House from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m.

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  • Who: Mt. Juliet Police Department
  • What: Open House/Coffee With a Cop and Ribbon-Cutting
  • When: Friday, July 18, 2014
    • Open House & Coffee With a Cop: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • Ribbon-cutting Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters, 1019 Charlie Daniels Pkwy, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

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Mt. Juliet Police to Ignite Additional Patrols Over Independence Day Weekend

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Starting tomorrow evening, additional Mt. Juliet Police officers will hit the streets this holiday weekend in an effort to deter and decrease the number of impaired and intoxicated drivers. Officers will saturate the city with roving patrols to monitor vehicular traffic and look for signs of impaired driving. An extra enforcement emphasis will be placed on speeding, seat belt, and alcohol-related violations.

“The Mt. Juliet Police Department will not tolerate those who make the poor decision to drive while impaired, and putting more police officers on the road will help prevent a needless tragedy,” said Police Captain Michael Mullins.

According to the Tennessee Department of Safety, there were 158 alcohol-related crashes in Wilson County and over 6,000 state-wide in 2013. Every 53 minutes on average, someone is killed in an impaired driving crash in the United States.

Mt. Juliet Police simply want to ensure that roadways are safe for motorists. Driving while impaired can be easily prevented with common sense. Don’t drive while impaired. If you plan to drink alcohol, then plan to have a sober driver and safe way home.

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Mt. Juliet Police Successfully Transfer All Operations to New Headquarters

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police are now in their new home, which is geared to better serve the public and adds more resources to the department. This afternoon around 2:30 p.m., the Mt. Juliet Police Department finalized the transfer of all operations to the their new headquarters, located at 1019 Charlie Daniels Parkway.

The department started moving into the new headquarters building two weeks ago, which was finalized by the move of the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) today. To ensure there was no interruption in emergency services, the ECC was moved in a very delicate manner. The headquarters is now fully operational, 24/7. Anyone needing police services will no longer have to visit the old location at City Hall.

“We are excited to be in our new home, which was renovated to better-serve our community,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “Our new headquarters is something our community can truly be proud of.”

Renovations to the former Joy Church building introduced additional offices, a larger evidence storage room, secure armory, additional interview rooms, locker room for officers, fitness room for police employees, larger courtroom, larger training room, better foot-traffic pattern, and updated security features.

“It is such a major change from where we were. In the history of our department, we never had our own place to call home.” stated Police Captain Michael Mullins. “We’ve endured a lot of long, hot days moving in, but everybody was grinning with excitement.”

The department still has much to unpack and organize, along with finishing the courtroom and minor touch-ups. However, the building is ready for use, and the remaining small tasks should be finished soon.

A ribbon-cutting and open house is scheduled for Friday, July 18 with Coffee With a Cop beginning at 7:00 a.m. and ribbon-cutting at 9:00 a.m. Throughout the morning, the public will be able to tour the new headquarters.

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Traffic Stop for Littering Leads to Wanted Persons

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Around 8:30 a.m. this morning, Sergeant Mang witnessed trash blowing out from the bed of a 1993 Chevrolet Pickup travelling down Lebanon Road. After stopping the truck on Lebanon Road near N. Greenhill Road, a computer check revealed that the driver and passenger in the truck had active warrants from nearby agencies.

The driver, Bruce Tibbs, 45, of Old Hickory, was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear out of Wilson County. The passenger, Shonn Tibbs, 43, of Old Hickory, was arrested on a felony warrant for Theft of a Motor Vehicle out of Metro-Nashville.

Both were booked into the Wilson County Jail without incident.

Bruce Tibbs, 45, of Old Hickory

Bruce Tibbs, 45, of Old Hickory

Shonn Tibbs, 43, of Old Hickory

Shonn Tibbs, 43, of Old Hickory

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Mt. Juliet’s July 4th Firework Celebration Security & Traffic Control Plan Announced

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The plans are set, and Mt. Juliet Police are ensuring public safety is a top priority for the Fourth of July Celebration in Providence. The firework presentation will begin at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 4 and will launch from the field directly behind Target. Mt. Juliet Police are expecting a large amount of people to attend the event, and a large amount of exiting traffic out of the Providence MarketPlace area after the fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m. With safety being a top priority, a large amount of police officers will be present during the event. A traffic plan has been established, and police officers will be controlling some intersections. This is a large gathering of people, so the police department is asking attendees to be vigilant for suspicious activity. The police department relies on the public for help, and attendees are reminded to say something if they spot anything suspicious. To contact the police department’s non-emergency line, attendees can simply dial 311. Please remember, during this event, our roadways will see a major increase in traffic, so delays should be expected.

“Our officers will be prepared and tasked with ensuring public safety is a priority during this event. We are working in partnership with Providence MarketPlace management, and they are footing the bill for even additional police officers.” stated Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. “This is always a great event for our community, and Mr. Needham does a fantastic job in his fireworks display.”

The following intersections will have their traffic pattern adjusted during & after firework show:

  • Belinda Parkway: CLOSED between Providence MarketPlace & Providence Parkway
  • Adams Ln @ S. Mt. Juliet Rd: Traffic turning off Adams Ln will be forced to go southbound.
  • Crossing Circle @ S. Mt. Juliet Rd: Traffic turning off Crossing Circle will be forced to go southbound.
  • Providence MarketPlace Exit adjacent to Chick-fil-A/Wendy’s: Traffic coming out of Providence will be forced to go northbound.
  • Providence MarketPlace Exit adjacent to Wasabi: CLOSED

The Mt. Juliet Police Department is encouraging people to use alternate parking locations to watch the firework celebration. The fireworks will be launched from the field behind Target. Therefore, the fireworks will be visible from parking areas along Pleasant Grove Road near the Paddocks shopping development.

Personal fireworks, alcoholic beverages, barbecue grills, and parking on roadway medians are prohibited.

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1-Year Anniversary of Coffee With a Cop program this Friday

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Police continue to build trust with the community, one cup at a time, 1-year after the first Mt. Juliet Police Coffee With a Cop began at Chick-fil-A in Providence MarketPlace.

“Coffee With a Cop continues to be really successful because the community continues to come out and join us,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “It is about conversing with people and not waiting for them to call us in an emergency. I really look forward to each Coffee With a Cop.”

Mt. Juliet Police will be celebrating their 1-year Anniversary Coffee With a Cop at Chick-fil-A in Providence MarketPlace, where it all began, this Friday (6/20/14) from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Chick-fil-A is sponsoring free meal cards for the first 25 attendees of Friday’s Coffee With a Cop, and coffee is always free to inside visitors. In addition, Cow will be dressing up for the special 1-year celebration- so bring the kids out, too.

“At each Coffee With a Cop, I get to meet new faces and have great conversation,” said Police Captain Michael Mullins. “We have all types of conversations, too. It’s not just about our police-work.”

The Coffee With a Cop program is a non-traditional way to generate conversation between the police department and community it serves. This event allows the public to interact with police officers, including top Department leadership, in an informal setting to ask questions or address concerns. Mt. Juliet Police continue to receive requests to host a lunch or evening Coffee With a Cop, and they plan to fulfill those requests in their 2nd year of the program.

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Mt. Juliet Emergency Telecommunicator Honored at National Emergency Number Association Conference

Nashville, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Emergency Communications Center Telecommunicator Richard Frankich received the Everyday Heroes award this evening at the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Conference at the Music City Center. The award, presented by the 911 Cares project, recognizes two emergency communication professionals a year who demonstrate an exemplary action while handling an emergency incident.

Richard Frankich was recognized at the NENA Award Ceremony by 911 Cares Project CEO Kevin Willet for his actions during a June 2013 Officer-Needs-Help call.  During the call, Frankich was the lone dispatcher in Mt. Juliet’s emergency communications center who worked purposefully to ensure an officer had the proper resources and back-up while dealing with a group of individuals who began to surround the officer.

Richard Frankich Speaks at Award Ceremony

Richard Frankich Speaks at Award Ceremony

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Mt. Juliet Emergency Communications Supervisor Kinnie Long, Richard Frankich, NENA President Bernard Brown, & Mt. Juliet Lieutenant Tyler Chandler

Frankich was only one of two Telecommunicators selected nationally to receive the Everyday Heroes award, and he is the first Mt. Juliet Telecommunicator to be honored with this award.

Video of Award Presentation:

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