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2017 HIGHLIGHTS

Police Officer Shows

Compassion to Serve

Police Officers Step Up

to a Challenge and

Save a Life

Police Officers Break

The Glass Shield at

Conference

Connecting with the

CPD is Easy

Crimestoppers Helps

Capture Criminals

through Anonymity

Police Dispatcher

Helps Save a Life

School Resource Officer

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Friendship

CPD Urges Residents

to Use Program for

the Homebound

CPD Has Program

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Traffic Offenders

1/9/17 - On the night of December 29, 2016, Wes Bowen was driving north down Houston Levee approaching the busy intersection at Poplar Avenue when his truck’s engine experienced mechanical problems. His vehicle was stopped in the street, along with an attached 31-foot trailer, when passing Collierville Police Officer Jason Bivens took notice. Officer Bivens was driving south, however turned around quickly and parked behind Wes’s trailer to prevent a traffic accident.

Officer Bivens made sure that Wes had help on the way to move his truck, and then directed traffic once the assistance arrived. The truck and trailer were then safely moved to a large parking lot away from traffic.

“Officer Bivens had overseen the removal of the traffic impediment, but he stayed with us to ensure that we would be able to protect our property in a safe manner,” said Wes. Once another vehicle had arrived to retrieve the trailer, Officer Bivens helped arrange the malfunctioning truck to be securely stored overnight through a contact at the same service garage that Wes uses. While Officer Bivens waited with Wes, they got to know each other and shared family stories. Officer Bivens even gave some driving tips to Wes’s son, almost 17, who listened intently to his advice.

“He was willing and capable to assist us with grace and persistence, well beyond the call of duty,” commented Wes. “I am very pleased that Officer Bivens is a representation of the fine officers employed to serve the citizens of Collierville.”

1/17/17 - On December 21, 2016, Collierville Police Department Officers Samuel Draper and Brian Quinn responded to a call that proved to be a game changer for everyone involved.

The officers were called to a home where an adult female had been found unresponsive in the bathroom. The young woman was a heroin addict, but had been clean for 5 years. At some point during her Christmas visit in Collierville, she connected with someone who supplied her with the drug. The result was an overdose and an emergency phone call.

When Draper and Quinn arrived at the scene, the young woman did not have a pulse and was turning blue from lack of oxygen. Paramedics were on their way, but had not arrived yet. The officers began CPR on the woman, and regained a pulse just before the paramedics arrived. The paramedics took over and the young lady survived the incident.

The lieutenants working Draper and Quinn’s shift recommended to Chief Larry Goodwin that the 2 officers should be named December 2016 Employee(s) of the Month. Goodwin agreed. “Officers Draper and Quinn are a credit to this organization,” he said.

4/20/17 - Three members of the Collierville Police Department travelled to Nashville earlier this April to attend a national law enforcement conference. In addition to working in the law enforcement field, there was one very specific requirement for the participants – they must be female. Officers Madison Kimbrell, Cheri Lee, and Jennifer Pelletier represented the Collierville Police Department at the conference. For the third year, the Tennessee Highway Patrol hosted the Women in Law Enforcement Conference for law enforcement professionals across North America. A total of 300 women attended, including 29 different agencies in Tennessee and a total of 49 agencies from 15 different states and Canada.

Major Betty Blair of the Tennessee Highway Patrol was the founding organizer of the Women in Law Enforcement “Breaking the Glass Shield” conference, and Major Cheryl Sanders of the Tennessee Highway Patrol planned and organized the recent 2017 conference.

“The ‘Breaking the Glass Shield’ conference is designed to address issues specific to women in law enforcement by creating a forum for women to network and share experiences while developing skills to manage both their careers and daily lives,” said Major Sanders. “In doing this, we strengthen ourselves and the law enforcement community by training future leaders.”

The conference speakers were highly ranked officials, successful businesswomen and prominent political leaders. Justice Connie Clark of the Tennessee Supreme Court led a session titled “Standing on Tiptoes and Lifting a Barbell” and Ann Dyer, Senior Director of Southeast Transportation of Walmart spoke about “Leadership in a Male Dominated Profession.” Other prominent speakers included Governor of New Mexico Susana Martinez, ¬Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, and Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder of the TN Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

“The conference provided insight that while the ‘male versus female’ problem continues to exist, it exists throughout all levels of every department,” said Officer Madison Kimbrell. “Using that as motivation instead of discouragement and trying to break the glass ceiling is what the ultimate goal should be.” Working for the Collierville Police Department has been Officer Kimbrell’s first job in the law enforcement field. With four years under her belt, she thoroughly enjoyed the conference and walked away with a refreshed feeling of motivation. “We came into contact with some amazing women from local, out-of-state and federal departments, even some from Canada,” commented Officer Kimbrell. “Though there was an inherent attitude of how to succeed in a male dominated job, every speaker touched on obstacles they were able to overcome and subsequently become a respected professional.”
2/1/17 - You are most likely familiar with the popular social media sites: Facebook and Twitter. The newer medium, Nextdoor, is a platform for neighbors to connect in a private social network. Collierville Police are able to target local neighborhoods with posts about topics including road closures, criminal activity, safety tips and department news.

CPD Alert is a text and email messaging tool that Collierville Police use to immediately communicate time-sensitive material such as a traffic accident at a popular intersection. CPD Alert users are also able to select a specific neighborhood to further customize their notifications.

The Community Crime Map is a tool the Police use to show reported criminal activity throughout Collierville. Residents can access the map and view different types of crimes, where the event occurred and when it happened. There is even an option to receive crime alerts by email.

Radio communication between Collierville Police and Dispatch is streamed online through broadcastify.com. By visiting the website or using the mobile application, listeners can hear what is happening in real time.

4/21/17 - Did you know that Collierville has its own Crimestoppers organization? Completely separate from nearby municipalities, Collierville Crimestoppers works with the Collierville Police Department to help capture criminals in our community by offering cash rewards and anonymity to citizens who provide information about crimes.

The 24-hour hotline 457-CASH (2274) is not recorded or monitored like other lines to the Police Department. In addition, anonymous text messages may be sent by texting the keyword CPDTIP along with the message to Tip411 (847411).

The Collierville Crimestoppers Board of Directors are comprised of unpaid citizen volunteers. They set policy, develop ideas for increasing public awareness, raise funds, plan special events, screen each individual case, set reward amounts for tipsters and make payoffs with the Police Liaison Officer, Lieutenant David Townsend. They also work closely with several organizations under the Collierville Police Department, such as Neighborhood Watch, National Night, the Special Citizen's Volunteer Patrol, and Explorer Scouts.

In addition to providing tips, Collierville residents can support Crimestoppers through tax-deductible donations sent here: Collierville Crime Stoppers P.O. Box 592 Collierville, TN 38027

5/24/17 - Training is important. Execution of training coupled with the calm that comes with experience is even more important. Recently, a dispatcher at the Collierville Police Department was able to use her training to help save a life. That’s what the job is about, but not every day is as dramatic as this one was. On April 17, 2017, Collierville Police Dispatcher Alex Javer (pictured) answered a 911 call from an elderly man. He was obviously upset, and told her that his wife was choking on a piece of meat. Javer could hear the woman, who sounded hysterical, in the background.

Javer began giving the man instructions on how to do the Heimlech maneuver. When he stated that he didn’t know if he could do it, Javer calmly encouraged him and instructed him to put the phone on speaker so he could follow her instructions. She encouraged him as he followed along, and after he had performed the maneuver seven times, the piece of meat was dislodged. Even though the couple said that all was well and they didn’t need an ambulance, Javer recommended they continue with the process just as a precaution.

“CPR calls are few and far between,” said Javer, “but I was able to stay calm and do what I needed to do. It was after the call was over that I felt the need to calm down.” Javer received a letter of commendation from the CPD for doing an excellent job and going above and beyond to keep the caller calm and focused.

All of the dispatchers at the Collierville Police Department are trained in life saving procedures and are certified as Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD). They keep a card system with specific life saving techniques at their desk for situations like the one Alex Javer experienced on April 17.

8/25/17 - Last May, while the students and faculty at Crosswind Elementary School were counting down the days until summer vacation began, School Resource Officer Jason Bivens was counting down the days until summer vacation ended. “I’m happy when I come to work in the morning, but I’m even happier when I leave at the end of the day,” said Officer Bivens. Anxious to spend a full school year (and many years to come) with his students, Officer Bivens had only been the School Resource Officer at Crosswind since January of 2017. His prior twelve years with the Collierville Police Department were spent on patrol and in the traffic unit. When the position at Crosswind became available, Officer Bivens quickly expressed his interest in the assignment with Collierville Police Administration, and was eventually chosen for the job.

“This isn’t a position you stay in for a few years and then move on to something else. You invest time with these kids to develop a good relationship as they grow older,” said Officer Bivens. The Collierville Police Department implemented the School Resource Officer Unit with relationship building as an important goal. While creating a safe environment at school is the first priority for the unit, building trust between students and police officers benefits the entire community. These students will grow into adulthood with a healthy foundation of law enforcement interaction. Along with overseeing the safety of the students and developing a relationship from kindergarten to twelfth grade, School Resource Officers also serve as teachers. For the elementary level, Officer Bivens leads presentations that cover topics such as stranger danger and bike safety; for older students in fourth and fifth grade, they learn about issues they may soon encounter including the dangers of social media and drugs and alcohol.

The School Resource Officer Unit was established in the Town of Collierville in 1998 with one officer assigned to Collierville Middle School. The following year, a second officer was added to rotate between three elementary school campuses – this was the first time in the state of Tennessee that a School Resource Officer was placed in an elementary school. The program continued to grow, and in 2013, there was a police officer assigned to every one of the Collierville Schools. Officer Bivens believes that working in the elementary level is crucial for students to start building that positive association with law enforcement.

“I’m visible everywhere,” said Officer Bivens. “Whether it is a fist-bump in the cafeteria to a seatbelt check in the car-rider line, I’m a part of their daily routine at school.” Officer Bivens even keeps a pair of safety scissors in his pocket to help open food at lunch – which he monitors for every grade level, every day, for almost three hours. “He told me when he was first assigned here that he would not sit still,” said Crosswind Principal Dr. Andre Crafford. “He probably is not at his desk now, because the first lunch hour has started.” Sure enough, Officer Bivens was not sitting still; he was busy in the cafeteria saying hello to the kindergartners.

“School Resource Officers, in general, are a vital part of our staff. Officer Bivens is so very important to us – he not only keeps us safe, he has become a true friend to all students, parents and staff. We are fortunate to have Officer Bivens at Crosswind,” said Dr. Crafford. “I love being with kids, and have my own,” said Officer Bivens. “But now I have 863 adopted kids that have added so much joy to my life.”
9/25/17 - The Collierville Police Department (CPD) shut-in visitation program is a wonderful resource for the community. If a resident has family members or friends who are homebound due to illness or age, the CPD’s Special Citizen Volunteer Patrol (pictured) will make regular visits to check on the welfare of a homebound person who lives alone. These visits may serve to complement the family’s visits, or they may be the only contact these residents have (besides medical staff) with the outside world. So yes, this is a wonderful resource. The problem is that not enough people are using it.

Assistant Chief Jeff Abeln of the CPD says that the department’s current list of “shut-ins” is less than 10 people. He isn’t sure whether this is due to the public not knowing about the program or not knowing how to access it, but he does know that having it in place is something that can provide peace of mind for all involved.

To register a loved one for the visitation program, residents must fill out an application, available in hard copy from the department. Besides all the basic information, the application asks for details about physical limitations, pets in the house, desired days and times for visit, and responsible family member concurrence. Eligibility for the program is for any resident of Collierville, 21 years of age or older, who is confined to their home and not being visited by others on a regular basis, and who agrees to be included in the SCVP Shut-In Visitation Program.

“Our volunteers devote a lot of time and effort to this community and this program is one more example of their caring for those in Collierville,” said Assistant Chief Abeln. “I believe that just being there matters more to the people who are shut in, than what we do or say. I hope that our presence communicates that we care; that is the bottom line in visiting someone in need.”

For more information, visit the CPD at (901) 457-2562.
10/16/17 - Early in 2016, Judge William Craig Hall gave permission to the Collierville High School PTO to use the courtroom for a meeting and special presentation. Judge Hall decided to listen to speaker Larissa Thompson himself and was so impressed, he asked her to partner with The Town of Collierville’s court system and give her talk as part of their Juvenile Probation Program for traffic offenders. She agreed, and has recently given her 16th monthly presentation for the Town.

Though the program was originally intended for juveniles, Court Clerk Patrick Lafferty said it has grown to include adults. The audience for Thompson’s story – that of losing her fiancé Clifton Gibbs to a car accident involving texting - has grown, and is reflected in sobering statistics from websites like distracteddrivingaccidents.com: Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road Texting and driving is 6 times more likely to get you in an accident than drunk driving Every day, 11 teenagers die because they were texting while driving.

Judge Hall’s intuition about the timeliness of Thompson’s presentation has been proven correct. So far this year (through 9/30/2017), here have been 5291 distracted driving related crashes in Shelby County and 193,426 in all of Tennessee. (tn.gov/safety/article/crashdata).

After watching Thompson’s presentation, Collierville traffic offenders are required to write an essay about what they saw and heard. It’s Judge Hall’s hope that hearing Thompson’s story and then putting their thoughts about it on paper will make these drivers commit to driving in a way that is decidedly old school – with both hands on the steering wheel and both eyes on the road.