Cities, Williamson County partner to address recent crime

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To combat a recent spike of juvenile crime in the area, Franklin and Brentwood police officials said they have partnered to share information and help educate the public.

Law-enforcement officials held their first multi-jurisdictional meeting on the subject in mid-February with police chiefs from Franklin, Brentwood, Smyrna, La Vergne, Nashville Metro and Nolensville—as well officials from Williamson County and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation—in attendance.

Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes said the recent rise in crime has reached “almost epidemic proportions.”

“We’re all experiencing a tremendous amount of crime involving juveniles and young adults,” Hughes said. “These crimes are primarily thefts from vehicles, motor vehicle thefts, thefts of guns that are left in these vehicles, and these have led to violent crime all across Middle Tennessee.”

The cities of Brentwood and Franklin approved March 11 and 12, respectively, an interlocal agreement with Williamson County to provide mutual aid to calls relating to auto thefts and auto burglary in both cities’ jurisdictions.

“We feel like we can be more efficient and more effective collaboratively,” Hughes said.

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Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.
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