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Public Information Officer

If you are a member of the media and wish to obtain information regarding an incident in the City of Gallatin, coordinate access to a departmental event, or receive information on a given topic, please contact us as listed below.

The current Public Information Officers are Officer Bill Storment and Captain Kate Novitsky. They are available during business hours on weekdays and on a call-out basis on nights and weekends. Officer Bill Storment can be reached at 615-452-1313 ext. 215 and Captain Kate Novitsky can be reached at 615-452-1313 ext. 216

Gallatin Police Department
130 W. Franklin St.
Gallatin, TN 37066

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2014 Natioanl Night Out - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

For additional information
Contact: Lt. Bill Vahldiek
Officer Bill Storment

The Gallatin Police Department will be hosting its annual national Night Out event on August 5, 2014 at 6pm. All citizens of Gallatin are invited to attend this free event in the Palace Theater located on Gallatin’s Historic Square. Disney’s “The Incredibles” will be shown for entertainment in addition to multiple crime prevention displays. Please come and enjoy community fellowship with the Gallatin Police department and the City of Gallatin elected officials. Concessions will also be available. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness in our communities and to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. It has been proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to bring communities together, to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back to reduce crime.


Hot Vehicles Unattended - Friday, July 18, 2014

For additional information
Contact: Captain Kate Novitsky
Officer Bill Storment

Each summer, the Gallatin Police Department responds to numerous calls for service where children or pets have been left unattended inside vehicles parked in hot conditions, often with the windows closed. With summer in full swing the short term forecast is for a hot temperature pattern with temps mostly above 85 and sometimes over 90 degrees. Parents and caregivers are reminded to never leave children in a car in the summer heat, even for a few minutes. When the outside temperature is 83 degrees Fahrenheit, and your window is down two inches, the temperature inside your car can reach 109 degrees Fahrenheit in 15 minutes and depending on the interior color of the car, could soar to levels as high as 135-190 degrees over extended periods of time. Exposure to these hot weather conditions could be potentially life-threatening to children resulting in dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. Caregivers who neglect the care of their children or their pets will be investigated and possibly face criminal charges.

We would like to encourage the public to be vigilant in reporting any incidents they observe where a child or pet is unattended in a hot vehicle by calling 911.


Claborn Donation - Friday, July 18, 2014

For additional information
Contact: Captain Kate Novitsky
Officer Bill Storment

Each year, the Gallatin Police Department sponsors the Shop-With-A-Cop event where underprivileged children are treated to a Christmas shopping spree. This event takes a lot of coordination, organization and money. The money is raised from fundraisers and donations from businesses and occasionally from individuals. We would like to express our gratitude to Geneva Claborn who has for years, made a generous donation to the Gallatin Police Department for this worthy cause. Mrs. Claborn has again this year stepped up and graciously given of herself. Thank you Mrs. Claborn for your love and support.

We cordially invite the public to join Mrs. Claborn in making this Christmas event special for these children during the season of giving.

For additional information concerning this fundraiser please contact the Gallatin Police Department at 615-452-1313.


July 4th 2014 DUI Checkpoint - Tuesday, July 08, 2014

For additional information
Contact: Cpl Scottie King
Officer Bill Storment

The Gallatin Police Department in conjunction with surrounding Sumner County law enforcement agencies conducted sobriety check points over the Independence Day Holiday. This operation resulted in 351 citations being issued along with 2 DUI arrests in Gallatin. Officers report that there were a total of 11 DUI arrests county wide. In addition to the DUI arrests, GPD officers made 8 additional arrests on various other charges. These holiday operations are an ongoing effort by the department and other law enforcement agencies to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities related to impaired driving during the holiday weekends.

For additional information please contact the Gallatin Police Department at 615-452-1313.


Yoakem Arrest - Tuesday, July 08, 2014

For additional information
Contact: Officer Bill Storment
Investigator Emily Renz

Gallatin police arrested 46 year old Roy Neal Yoakem on Monday, July 07, 2014 for the statutory rape of a 14 year old member of his church congregation. Roy Yoakem is a convicted sex offender who lives in Scottsville, Kentucky with a secondary address in Gallatin. At the time of the sexual assaults, Yoakem was the pastor at the New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville, KY. Yoakem assaulted this victim on two occasions; once at his church in KY and once at his Gallatin residence in early June. Yoakem has been incarcerated on charges in KY and was extradited to Sumner County on Monday. Yoakem is registered in Tennessee as a violent sex offender for a conviction in KY in 2005 for 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse of an 8 year old male victim. Yoakem has been charged with Aggravated Statutory Rape, Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure, Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure and Fugitive from Justice and remains in the Sumner County jail. Additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information related to any other crimes that have occurred in Gallatin are asked to contact the Gallatin Police Department at 452-1313.