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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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These reports are available to download in pdf format.

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Shoplifting suspect - Friday, May 15, 2015

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Contact: Officer Alvis

Gallatin Police is needing assistance in identifying a shoplifting subject that stole approx.. $100 worth of merchandise (hair) from All About Beauty store here in Gallatin. If you recognize or have any information on this person, please call 615-452-1313


Gallatin Police Body Cams - Friday, May 15, 2015

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Contact: Officer Bill Storment
Sgt. Jeff Wright

The Gallatin Police Department recently purchased and deployed body worn cameras for all patrol and investigative officers. With officer accountability and Police Body Worn cameras a hot topic in recent months, the GPD has elected to fund this technology and to be at the forefront of Tennessee agencies employing this equipment. The GPD already had an In Car video system for its patrol cars. With the In Car camera system from Digital Ally already on board, the new body worn camera systems will work with the existing back office software to download and maintain a record of police/citizen encounters.

Having this equipment will make the department more transparent and provide an increased level of officer safety as the public becomes aware that every encounter is recorded. The GPD is eager to see positive results and improved relationships built within the community as a result of having this equipment operational and hope that it serves as evidence of the hard work and commitment of our officers to the community.



Other Crimes - Friday, May 15, 2015

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Contact: Officer Bill Storment
Sergeant Chris Shockley

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, Officers in Robertson County arrested a Scotty Lee Hudson (2-12-1979) after apprehending him for a robbery that occurred at the Greenbrier Cash Express. Investigators in Gallatin who have been following up on several similar robberies were able yesterday to develop information based on their investigation into the Gallatin Robberies and the Greenbrier robbery to connect Scotty Lee Hudson to two robberies in Gallatin. One robbery occurred at the Cash-n-Dash on Nashville Pike that occurred on April 3 and one at the Cash Express on South Water that occurred on April 20. Hudson is currently in jail in Robertson County and warrants for 2 counts of armed robbery on Hudson have been issued in Gallatin. Additional charges may be pending as investigators have also connected Hudson to the robbery of a Cash Express in Hartsville.

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


Former Gallatin Police Captain Norman Lane - Thursday, May 14, 2015

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The Gallatin Police Department and Chief Don Bandy was pleased to host a visit from former Gallatin Police Captain Norman Lane. Captain Lane worked for the Gallatin Police Department from 1967-1969. Captain Lane began his service with the Gallatin Police Department upon his discharge from the United States Army, serving in Vietnam during 1965 and 1966.

Captain Lane reported that the Gallatin Police Department employed 12 officers during the years of his service. He further reported that each officer was required to buy their own patrol vehicle as well furnish their own gas and insurance. He was paid 200 dollars per month in salary and received 5 dollars for each arrest. Captain Lane returned to his home in Jefferson County and is currently retired from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Captain Lane still helps the sheriff’s office with special events and consults on cases when called upon to do so.

Thank you captain Lane for your service to our country and your service to the City of Gallatin.


Memorial Weekend Blitz - Thursday, May 07, 2015

For additional information
Contact: Lt. Lamar Ballard
MPO Janell Wilson

The Gallatin Police Department in conjunction with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department, Hendersonville Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a campaign of aggressive and visible traffic enforcement and sobriety check points on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 23rd between the hours of 8pm and 11:30pm. The check points will be held in the area of Hwy 31 near Martin Lane. These check points and Traffic Enforcement Blitz are an ongoing effort by the department and other law enforcement agencies to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities related to impaired driving.

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


Transaction Safe Place - Friday, May 01, 2015

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Contact: 615-452-1313

A Better, Safer Way to Conduct Your Online, In Person Transactions. Mayor Paige Brown tasked the Gallatin Police Department to provide a safe area in which to conduct transactions for the citizens of Gallatin. As a result, the Gallatin Police Department is welcoming the public to our parking lot to close their online transactions in a safer way. When using online services like Craigslist and Varage Sales as well as Facebook and other social media sites to arrange transactions, safety should be first and foremost. Gallatin Police Department has state of the art recording cameras of our exterior areas thereby having a recording presence as well as nearby officers. Gallatin is one of the first in Tennessee to provide a safe area for their citizens for such transactions. Transactions will only occur in the parking lot only. No transactions will occur inside the Police Department building. We recognize and uphold the 2nd amendment for our citizens but no weapons will be allowed on the police premises thereby ensuring greater safety for those conducting transactions. Due to limited area of parking transactions times are limited to 5pm to 7am Monday thru Friday. Transactions can occur all day Saturday and Sunday.


Bolo theft - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Contact: Ofc. Greg Alvis

The below photos are of a person of interest in a Burglary / Theft at 205 E. Main St (First Baptist Church). The incident would have occurred sometime during the night of 04/23/15. Cash was stolen from the Church. Any help in identifying the person in the photos would be greatly appreciated.


2014 Awards - Monday, April 27, 2015

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Contact: Cpt. Kate Novitsky
Off. Bill Storment

Investigator Daniel Soto was named the Officer of the Year for 2014 last night at the annual Gallatin Police Department Awards Ceremony. The event recognized employees of the department and citizens of Gallatin for outstanding achievement during 2014. Investigator Soto was selected by his fellow employees for outstanding job performance during the year. Officer Soto has been a member of the Gallatin Police Department since 2008. He was assigned to the CID Division in 2013 and works tenaciously and tirelessly on every case assigned to him. His hard work has resulted in the solving of many difficult cases in the last year due primarily to his dedication to the victims and the department. We congratulate him for this tremendous accomplishment.

Heather Nave, Records Clerk for the Police Department, was selected as Civilian Employee of the Year for 2014. Ms. Nave was recognized for outstanding performance of her duties and was selected by her fellow employees. Ms. Nave has also worked as a dispatcher and often still assists in the dispatch center. She has proven to be a valuable member of our team as she not only performs the duties of a records clerk, but also does the payroll for the department and assists anywhere else she is needed without complaining.

The officers of the Traffic Division were awarded commendations in recognition of their hard work, especially in handling many special events which often are held on weekends, requiring extra dedication from these officers.

Chief Don Bandy presented a Citizen Commendation and three “Chief’s Awards”. One commendation award was presented to Mrs Geneva Claborn in recognition of her support of the annual Shop with a Cop program. Every year, Mrs. Claborn makes a sizeable financial donation to this event, helping many underprivileged children during the holidays. Mr. Andrew Turner was recognized with the Chief’s Award for his support of the department and his contributions to the community. Mr. Turner served as principal of Rucker Stewart Middle school for many years and has been a role model and mentor to many students, many who are now adults and themselves making their own contributions to the community. Mr. Roy Augie was recognized for his years of tireless volunteerism to the department. Mr. Augie comes every week to help the Records Division to scan and upload all the department’s old case files into a digital format for the Records Management system. District Attorney General Ray Whitley was recognized along with members of the 18th Judicial Drug task force and other agencies that worked a year-long wire-tap operation in Gallatin and Sumner County last year taking down some major players in the drug and gang operations that contribute to the overall crime in our city. General Whitley has been a great partner to the GPD in focusing our efforts to make Gallatin a safer city and we applaud both him and the assistants in his office that make those efforts pay off.

Two former members of the department were recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their many years of service to the community. Marie Smith worked for 44 years with the Gallatin Police Department before recently retiring for health reasons. Marie was a fixture on the department serving as a school crossing guard and parking enforcement officer. Danny Deyhle also recently retired after 40 years of service on the Gallatin Police Department. Danny served as a Field Training Officer, started the department’s traffic division and in the most recent years served as a crime scene investigator and evidence room manager. Both of these cherished employees will be missed and are both wished the best in their retirement.

All who were recognized with an award this year are to be congratulated for their contribution to the City of Gallatin and all they have done and continue to do to make Gallatin a great safe place to live.

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