Murfreesboro Police Department is committed to the protection of life and the prevention of crime and disorder through community oriented policing. This approach emphasizes partnerships and innovative solutions to address crime and other safety issues in our community. We partner with Murfreesboro City Schools, other organizations in our city and our citizens through programs such as our School Resource Officers, Shop with a Cop, RAD Women self-defense classes, rad Kids camps, Neighborhood Watch meetings, Crime Free Multi Housing program, Volunteer Chaplain program and our Citizens Police Academy. Lieutenant Garry Carter is the Supervisor over Community Engagement. He oversees recruitment and the department’s Chaplain’s Program.
A Volunteer Police Chaplain is an individual who represents a segment of the faith-based community. During times of crisis or other law enforcement related incidents involving citizens, the Volunteer Chaplains will perform tasks of a more emotional, social or spiritual nature while law enforcement handles tasks that are of a law enforcement nature. A Volunteer Police Chaplain is called upon to assist with death notifications, provide victim assistance, participate as a member of a crisis response team, visit sick or injured personnel, and serve as a liaison with other clergy in the community. Currently there are six (6) Volunteer Police Chaplains on staff.
The primary objective of the Recruitment Unit is to recruit qualified candidates for the position of Police Officer Trainee. The goal of the recruitment program is to increase the percentage of minorities in sworn positions to reflect the composition of the City of Murfreesboro. Therefore, the most critical element continues to be the identification and recruitment of qualified women and minority applicants. Recruitment personnel attend educational institutions and other community organizations and events for the purpose of recruiting entry level personnel. Such recruitment activities include lectures, counseling, displays, and literature. Potential recruitment places and events include regional colleges and universities, giving special attention to (HBCU) historically black colleges and universities, military installations, area high schools, festivals or other events that attract large number of people.
Murfreesboro Police Department is committed to the education of our community for the benefit of safety, crime prevention and transparency. In this effort we offer Neighborhood Watch meetings, Rad Women’s self-defense classes, rad Kids safety camps taught by our SROs, workplace safety and security training, and opportunities to learn more about the department from the inside through our Citizens Police Academy and our internship offerings in partnership with Middle Tennessee State University. Our officers also give back to our community through our annual Shop with a Cop event to make chosen children’s holidays brighter and team up with the Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department as the Boro Public Safety team to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. LEARN MORE
The Murfreesboro City Schools system also uses School Resource Officers, in addition to their regular instructing duties, to assist with school counseling, alternate solutions for disciplinary problems, security at individual schools, career days, reading, award days, fall festivals, and other miscellaneous city school activities. LEARN MORE