Man Wanted After Running from Officer

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A man is now wanted by Mt. Juliet Police after running from an officer. Around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016, an officer attempted to stop a car on Lebanon Road near Market Place because the registration tag did not match the vehicle. The driver, later identified as James Jeffrey Clifford, 47, of Madison, did not stop, and the officer pursued him until he drove his car into a field on Sunset Drive near N. Mt. Juliet Road. After driving into the field, Clifford jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the woods.

Many officers responded to the area to search for Clifford, but he was unable to be located. The search was called off after officers were able to obtain Clifford’s identification. Further investigation revealed that Clifford was driving on a revoked drivers license. He is also on parole for many felonies related to reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, drug offenses, theft, and evading arrest.

Warrants have been obtained, and Clifford is wanted for Evading Arrest and Violating the Habitual Offender law.

James Jeffrey Clifford, 47, of Madison

James Jeffrey Clifford, 47, of Madison

Anyone with any information regarding Clifford’s whereabouts are 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 .


Detectives Hoping to Identify Suspect Who Stole a Handgun From an Unlocked Car

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A man, who is a suspect in an unlocked vehicle burglary, was caught on surveillance video just prior to burglarizing a vehicle and stealing many items, including a handgun. On September 5, 2016 around 1:20 a.m. officers were summoned to Buffalo Wild Wings, located at 100 Adams Lane, to investigate a vehicle burglary. The victim noticed that many items were missing from their vehicle, but there was no forced entry into the car. A handgun, 200 rounds of ammunition, football tickets, a smart watch, and over $200.00 in cash was stolen.

Further investigation revealed a man, who is believed to be the burglary suspect, was recorded on surveillance video acting suspiciously. Detectives are hoping someone in the community can identify the man.

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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 .


Mt. Juliet Police Joining White House-led Police Data Initiative

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The Mt. Juliet Police Department is excited to announce that they have committed to participating in the Police Data Initiative led by the White House and Department of Justice. Mt. Juliet is joining 128 other jurisdictions nation-wide, which includes 2 other Tennessee agencies, in leveraging data to increase transparency, accountability, and strengthen trust with the community.


Map of Police Data Initiative Jurisdictions

The department learned about the Police Data Initiative when staff visited the White House for a special 21st Century Policing Briefing last month. Staff remained in communication with White House personnel since the visit and discussed the Mt. Juliet Police Department joining the initiative.

“Our department has always been focused transparency, positive engagement, and proactive communication,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “Joining the Police Data Initiative allows us to continue our focus as we work to ensure our bond remains strong with Mt. Juliet’s citizens and visitors.”

Mt. Juliet Police plans to release open data sets in the coming months, and those data sets will initially include community engagement activities, use of force incidents, and employee demographics. The data sets will be distributed on the Mt. Juliet Police Department’s new website that is launching in the near future, and it will be available on the national Public Safety Open Data Portal at . The data sets will provide citizens, researchers, and media the opportunity to download, sort, search, filter, or analyze the data for their own needs.

The Police Data Initiative growth is being announced today by President Obama at the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was released by the Department of Justice online at:

Attachment: List of Police Data Initiative Jurisdictions


Mt. Juliet Police to Host Community Appreciation Day with a Chili Cook Off and Open House


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – In an effort to further strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, Mt. Juliet Police will be hosting a community appreciation day, community chili cook-off , and open house in early November. The event will be a great opportunity for residents to meet and talk with neighbors, businesses, and members of the police department in a fun, friendly setting at police headquarters. The event will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters, located at 1019 Charlie Daniels Parkway.

Businesses and neighborhoods (or group of residents) are encouraged to participate in the chili cook-off, and the public is invited to attend, eat chili, and check out police headquarters and equipment. There will be numerous displays of the Mt. Juliet Police Department’s resources and other law enforcement related equipment and technology. Representatives for the department will be on-hand to conduct guided tours of police headquarters during the event. Also, a kids fun zone will be out on the department’s front lawn.

Those interested in participating in the Chili Cook-off can visit for more details.


Unoccupied Patrol Vehicle Struck While on Interstate Emergency Scene

An unoccupied patrol vehicle was struck by another car while officers and firefighters were on the scene of a pickup truck bed fire on Interstate 40 West. Around 4:50 p.m., four police vehicles and one fire engine responded to the 227MM to handle a fire in the bed of a pickup truck.

Damaged Patrol Vehicle

Damaged Patrol Vehicle

While an officer was outside of his patrol vehicle and approaching the incident, the patrol vehicle was struck by an out-of-control car around 5:00 p.m. The officer had just exited the patrol vehicle moments before it was struck. After striking the patrol vehicle, the other car left the roadway and stopped approximately 450 feet after impact. The officer and driver of the other car were not harmed during this incident.

Other Car in Relation to Struck Patrol Vehicle

Other Car in Relation to Struck Patrol Vehicle

By police department policy, a third-party agency must investigate any crash involving a department vehicle. Therefore, the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene to investigate the crash. The details of the crash will be released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.


Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Suspect Sought by Detectives

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are hoping someone will recognize a suspect who fraudulently used stolen credit card information. On September 1, 2016 the victim noticed fraudulent activity on his credit card statement, and it became apparent to the victim that the card information was fraudulently used at Walmart, located at 300 Pleasant Grove Road, to purchase around $400.00 in merchandise the previous day.

Investigators tracked when the credit card was used and were able to obtain surveillance video of a male suspect using the card.


The male suspect arrived and departed Walmart in a 2004-2008 year-model dark gray, extended cab Ford F-150.



If anyone has a feeling that they possibly know the suspect responsible for this crime, they are 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 .


Investigators Hoping to Identify Toolset Theft Suspect

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Detectives are working to identify a suspect who stole a toolset out of the back of a pickup truck. On July 15, 2016, the victim noticed that his expensive toolset was missing from the rear of the truck. Detectives tracked down and reviewed surveillance video at locations the victim went during his day, and located video of the theft taking place while the victim was parked at Academy Sports, located at 549 Pleasant Grove Road.

Suspect Vehicle

Suspect Vehicle

Video surveillance revealed a man park near and get into the back of the victim’s truck. Detectives hope someone in the community may have an idea of who the suspect is or where the suspect vehicle is located by looking at the attached surveillance image. 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 .


Mt. Juliet Police Participating in National Coffee With a Cop Day this Friday


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police is joining police departments across the nation and having Coffee With a Cop on Friday, October 7, 2016 – National Coffee With a Cop Day. The event will be held at Chick-fil-A, located in Providence MarketPlace, from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Police Chief James Hambrick, his leadership team, and officers will have coffee in hand and ready to enjoy simple conversation anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. this Friday. Coffee With a Cop is an opportunity for the public to meet with officers in a relaxed environment and talk about anything — from crime issues to neighborhood programs, public safety management to how to join the force.


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 the Chief of Police, in an informal setting to ask questions or address concerns with local law enforcement. Everyone is encouraged to stop by the National Coffee With a Cop event to say hello and enjoy free coffee provided Chick-fil-A.



Mt. Juliet Police Officers Attend Briefing at White House

Washington, D.C. – A Mt. Juliet Police Department Lieutenant and Corporal attended a briefing at the White House on 21st Century Policing to help strengthen the trust between communities and law enforcement. Lieutenant Tyler Chandler and Corporal James Christensen attended the White House briefing on September 28, 2016. The two were among a group of law enforcement officials from across the nation, whose agencies were specifically invited to participate in the briefing on policing best practices.

Lieutenant Tyler Chandler

Lieutenant Tyler Chandler

Corporal James Christensen

In 2014, President Obama launched a task force on 21st Century Policing, which was designed to identify best practices and assist police departments in strengthening trust and collaboration with their communities. In May of last year, the task force released a report that included 59 recommendations for law enforcement agencies. Those recommendations were organized into six main topic areas: building trust and legitimacy, policy and oversight, technology and social media, community policing and crime reduction, and officer safety and wellness.

The series of briefings, hosted by the White House in cooperation with the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, were established to assist local law enforcement agencies in learning how to implement the task force’s recommendations.

“I’m grateful that we had the opportunity to attend the briefing at the White House,” Chandler said. “It is certainly important for our department to be innovative and stay on top of the best policies and practices in law enforcement so we can ensure we are serving the Mt. Juliet community as best as possible.”

At the briefing, Chandler and Christensen heard from experts about officer safety and wellness, implicit bias, and using social media. In addition, they received information on the President’s Police Data Initiative, which enables police departments to collect and proactively publish data on policing activities in their community. The department has committed to the initiative and plans to openly publish data on employee demographics, use of force, and community engagement activities.

John Matthews, Director of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Speaks on Officer Safety and Wellness

John Matthews, Director of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Speaks at the Briefing on Officer Safety and Wellness

“I’ve reviewed the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing,” Police Chief James Hambrick said. “I plan on meeting with the department’s leadership team soon to discuss the task force’s recommendations and evaluate how they can be applied at our department. It appears that our department is already ahead with many of the recommendations.”

The Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing is available online here: Final Report


Detectives Seeking Identity of Suspect Related to a Purse Theft & Using a Stolen Credit Card


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Detectives are hoping to identify a suspect related to a purse theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. After the victim’s purse was stolen at JC Penney, located at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, the unidentified suspect made purchases at a Mapco, located on Bell Road, in Nashville.

Mapco’s surveillance system captured the unknown female suspect in the store, using the victim’s credit card. Investigators hope someone in the community will recognize this individual from the surveillance video so they can be apprehended.

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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 .


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