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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

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

Email: info@gallatinpd.org
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Media RelationsThe Gallatin Police Department works diligently to keep the public informed about events involving the Gallatin Police Department. In this area of the website, you will be able to find information regarding press releases issued by this Department, as well as contact information for media outlets.

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The Office of the Chief of Police publishes an annual report as a reference guide for the year in review.

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Missing Teen - Thursday, May 05, 2016

For additional information
Contact: MPO Janell Wilson
Inv. Emily Stockdale

Gallatin, TN - Gallatin police need assistance in locating a missing/runaway teen. Santara Latremese Head is a 16 year-old black female with black hair and brown eyes. Santara was last seen at her residence on February 19, 2016. She was last seen wearing a green tshirt, jeans, and a teenage mutant ninja turtle backpack. She is known to hang out both in the Hermitage area and the Opry Mills area. Newest information on Ms. Head is she may have changed her appearance and may possibly be in the area of JC Napier in Nashville. An active warrant is outstanding in juvenile court on Santara Head for runaway.

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

 

Cell Phone Theft - Wednesday, May 04, 2016

For additional information
Contact: Officer Bill Storment
Officer Mark Whitley

Gallatin, TN - Gallatin Police need assistance from the public in identifying and locating two suspects wanted in connection to the theft of a cell phone from the Gallatin Sprint store. The two suspects entered the Absolute Wireless Sprint store located at 1545 Nashville Pike shortly before 9 am on April 28. One suspect went to the rest room and the second suspect then walked to a display where he concealed a working LG G4 smartphone in his pocket. He then joined the first suspect in the rest room before both suspects then exited the rest room and left the store. The suspect pictured below wearing the black t-shirt is the suspect who concealed the phone. Both suspects appear to be in their 20’s.

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

 

Vol State Community Outreach - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gallatin Police is proud to be a part of Vol State Community Outreach

 

Vol State Community Outreach Chief Speaking - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Chief Don Bandy of the Gallatin Police Department was honored to speak at the Vol State Community Outreach Program

 

Police Annex Open House - Monday, April 25, 2016

For additional information
Contact: Capt. Kate Novitsky
MPO Janell Wilson

An Open House will be held at the Gallatin Police Department Annex on South Water Avenue on Friday, April 29th from 11:00am until 1:00 pm. The public is cordially invited to come by the new building. We encourage the public to become involved with your department as we strive to make Gallatin a safe city for our citizens and businesses. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

 

Robbery - Monday, April 25, 2016

For additional information
Contact: Officer Janell Wilson
Lt. Chris Shockley

Gallatin Police is investigating a Robbery that happened on this date at approximately 15:36 hours. Unknown white male entered the Regions Bank on Nashville Pike demanding money. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. Attached is a photo of the suspect.

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

 

Rotary Bike Giveaway - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Congratulations to Caden Washburn for being Guild Elementary Rotary Bike Winner for April. Also pictured is Officer Rich Evans , Frank Ettinger, teacher- Jill Groce, James Looney

 

Gallatin Employees Health and Safety Fair - Friday, April 15, 2016

Gallatin Police at the Gallatin Employees Health and Safety Fair. Everyone had fun trying out the driving simulator

 

Locating Ray Eugene Padgett - Friday, April 15, 2016

For additional information
Contact: MPO Janell Wilson
LT. Chris Shockley

Gallatin Police are needing assistance from the public in locating Ray Eugene Padgett. Padgett has an active warrant for Aggravated Burglary. Padgett made entry to a home on Avondale Road on April 11th at approximately 8:21am. Video surveillance covering the home captured the suspect carrying televisions out of the home and placing them into a vehicle. The photo of the suspect is attached to this email.

Anyone having information concerning the identity or whereabouts of the suspect pictured below is requested to call the Gallatin Police Department at 615-452-1313.

 

Shafer Unity Program - Friday, April 15, 2016

Gallatin Police at the Shaffer Unity Program. Students got to try out the "DUI Goggles". These special goggles simulate impaired vision. They also had a chance to get behind the wheel of the driving simulator.

 

April 14th Press Conference - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

District Attorney General Ray Whitley of the 18th Judicial District will hold a press conference tomorrow, Thursday April 14th at 10am at the Gallatin Police Department. The purpose of the press conference is to discuss the officer involved shooting that occurred last week involving Gallatin police officer James Spray and LaRonda Sweatt.

 

The conference will start promptly at 10am. Anyone with any questions may contact the Gallatin Police Department at 615-452-1313.

 

Home Robbery - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

For additional information
Contact: MPO Janell Wilson
LT. Chris Shockley

Gallatin Police are looking for a suspect involved in an aggravated burglary to a home on Avondale Road that occurred on April 11th at approximately 8:21am. Video surveillance covering the home captured the suspect carrying televisions out of the home and placing them into a vehicle. The suspect is a white male. The suspect vehicle is a white king cab Toyota Tundra with a partial tag identified as 442 and unknown on the last 3. The photos of the suspect and the suspect vehicle will be attached to this email.

Anyone having information concerning the identity or whereabouts of the suspect pictured below is requested to call the Gallatin Police Department at 615-452-1313.

 

2016 Special Olympics - Monday, April 11, 2016

Great time with the athletes at the 2016 Special Olympics

 

Chaffin Street Shooting - Wednesday, April 06, 2016

For additional information
Contact: Officer Bill Storment

Gallatin police confirm an officer involved shooting this morning that occurred on Chaffin Court in Gallatin. Gallatin officers responded to a call for assistance from the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department following one of their deputies being stabbed while serving an eviction warrant. Upon the arrival on scene of Gallatin officers, Laronda Sweatt met Officer James Spray in the street and backed him up to his vehicle while threatening him with the same axe that she assaulted the Sumner Deputy. As she continued advancing and making aggressive movement with the axe towards our officer, Officer Spray fired two shots striking Sweat both times. Officers immediately attended Sweat with medical treatment; however, she later died at Sumner Regional Medical Center. The TBI is handling the investigation and Officer Spray has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Our hearts are heavy as a life was taken and we ask the community to lift up prayers for the Sweatt family along with the law enforcement families of those involved and the employees of the Gallatin Housing Authority who witnessed this tragic incident.