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False Report Arrest

Press Release
August 13, 2019

On August 13, 2019, Shannon Marie Robbins, 33, of Waverly, was arrested after being indicted by a Humphreys County Grand Jury on a charge of Filing a False Report.  Mrs. Robbins made an allegation to Police Chief Grant Gillespie that she was sexually assaulted by a Waverly Police Officer during a traffic stop in February.  Chief Gillespie asked for an independent review of the allegation by District Attorney Ray Crouch’s Office. 

“I was able to quickly clear our officer from any wrongdoing in the case and asked for an independent review.  The investigation revealed that Mrs. Robbins fabricated the story and the Grand Jury agreed that charges should be filed in the matter”, said Chief Gillespie.  “In this case our officer conducted himself in a professional manner and was simply doing the job he was expected to do.  Mrs. Robbins attempted to harm this officer by making a false criminal allegation against him.  I’m happy to see this case moving forward and appreciate the effort put in by the District Attorney’s investigators.”

Mrs. Robbins was arrested by Humphreys County Sheriff’s Deputies and was booked into the Humphreys County jail under a $10,000 bond.

 

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SBA in Waverly Fire Hall for Flood Assistance

The Small Business Administration is in the Fire Hall through Tuesday to assist flood victims with low interest loans.  Please read below for more information.

From TEMA Press Release:

 

DISASTER LOANS NOW AVAILABLE TO HELP FLOOD-IMPACTED BUSINESSES, RESIDENTS IN 19 TN COUNTIES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will make its disaster loan program available in five counties recovering from the severe storms and flooding from Feb. 6 through Feb. 24, 2019. “We are committed to pursuing every assistance option available to help Tennesseans put their lives and businesses back together from the floods earlier this year,” Gov. Lee said. The SBA declaration covers the following Tennessee counties: Decatur, Hardin, Humphreys, Perry, and Sevier, and the adjacent counties of Benton, Blount, Carroll, Chester, Cocke, Dickson, Henderson, Hickman, Houston, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, McNairy, and Wayne.

Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage. Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

SBA will also open seven Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Tennessee and make representatives available to help individuals complete their applications and to answer questions about the loan program. The Disaster Loan Outreach Centers will open Tuesday, June 25, operating until Tuesday, July 2:

The Humphreys County Location is:

City of Waverly Fire Department
107 East Main St. 
Waverly, TN 37185

 Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All Disaster Loan Outreach Centers are closed on Sundays.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 [Call: 1-800-659-2955] (1-800-877-8339 [Call: 1-800-877-8339] for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 20, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 23, 2020.

 

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Pair Charged in Burglary to WJHS

Media Release
June 24, 2019


Pair Charged in Burglary to WJHS


On June 20, The Waverly Police Department responded to a report of a burglary at the Waverly Junior High School. Sgt. Shaun Wilson found that 2 intruders had entered an unlocked door at the rear of the school and ransacked several classrooms. They also took a few items from the school. Sgt. Wilson was able to obtain video camera footage of the intruders from school officials.


The suspects were quickly identified from the footage as Andrew Grundy of Waverly and Tiera Carrington of Dickson. After the investigation, both suspects were charged with Burglary, Theft and Vandalism and were booked into the Humphreys County Jail under $6,750 bond.

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K9 Demo at Waverly Elementary School

Officer David Ross and his K9 partner Crockett did a demonstration for the 3rd Grade class at Waverly Elementary School.  The kids enjoyed a drug detection demo as well as an apprehension bite demo.  Sgt. Shaun Wilson and Officer Jordan Coble helped with the event.

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2018 Police Officer of the Year

Officer Jordan Coble was named the 2018 Police Officer of the Year.  The award is voted on by members of the Police Department and was presented by Chief Grant Gillespie at the department's Christmas party.  Officer Coble joined WPD in 2017 and has been very active patrol officer, making solid criminal cases and is great at interacting with the community.  The award was sponsored by Porch, Stribling and Webb Insurance.  Taylor Porch is shown congratulating Officer Coble.

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WDPS Seeks Part-Time Firefighters

The Waverly Department of Public Safety (Police and Fire) is accepting applications for the position of Part Time (Paid Per Call) Firefighter.  Part-time Firefighters respond to all fire related calls for service within the City of Waverly and would be available on an on-call basis as needed.  Training and equipment are provided.

The application process includes a physical ability test, oral interview, and extensive background check.  Successful candidates will undergo drug screening.  Minimum Requirements include:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be a high school graduate or possess equivalence;
  • Have a valid TN driver’s license;
  • Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor and other alcoholic beverages or controlled substances;
  • Have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
  • Work and/or reside in or near the City of Waverly and have availability for on-call status.

Applications can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded at www.waverlypublicsafety.com.  Submit application via mail or in person to:

Chief of Public Safety

103 East Main St.

Waverly, TN 37185

Questions concerning the application process may be directed to Chief Grant Gillespie at 931-296-4300.

The City of Waverly is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is a drug-free workplace.

Download Employment Application Here

 

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Citizens Police Academy Session 11 Announced

December 4, 2018

Citizens Police Academy Session 11 Announced

Session 11 of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is set to begin Monday, January 7, 2019, at 6pm.  Chief Grant Gillespie and officers from the Waverly Police Department will conduct the program.  Classes are approximately three hours in length and are held every Monday night through March 11.  Topics covered in the course include an overview of the law enforcement profession, criminal law, drug enforcement, patrol, firearms, DUI, defensive tactics, crime investigations, emergency driving, and other police related topics.

“Basically, it’s an extremely condensed version of the real police academy.  Each night’s topic is the same as a week’s topic in the police academy”, Gillespie said.   The class is very “hands on” and cadets will be allowed to drive police cars, handle department weapons, write police reports, and ride with patrol officers on their shifts.  According to Chief Gillespie, “This class gives you a behind the scenes look at what we do and why we do it.  It's a great way to understand how your local police department works."

In addition, cadets will learn about the Public Safety concept in which officers are also trained as firefighters.  "The public safety concept is unique and cadets will have an opportunity to learn how this benefits our community," said Gillespie.

The CPA began in 2002 and has over 150 alumni from the 10 prior sessions.  At the end of Session 10, a reunion night was held for the CPA Alumni.  "Many of them have become great friends and supporters of us and our department.  We have found that even though cadets come to learn from us, we often walk away with a better sense of the community we serve" said Chief Gillespie.

The CPA accepts applications from anyone at least 18 years old and living in Humphreys County.  Preference is given to citizens who live or work in Waverly.  Individuals of all ages are encouraged to apply.  The class is not physically demanding and accommodations will be made for anyone with health challenges.  Class size is limited to no more than sixteen cadets.  For more information contact Chief Grant Gillespie at 931-296-4300.  Applications can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded from the PD website at www.waverlypublicsafety.com. 

Applications will be accepted through January 1.

Download the CPA application in pdf format here.

 

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Carjacking Occurs on Clydeton Rd.

May 14, 2018

Carjacking Occurs on Clydeton Rd near Hwy 70

On Friday evening, a victim had her car forcibly taken from her after stopping at the railroad crossing on Clydeton Rd near Hwy 70.  The suspect, David Tyler Lowery, of Trinity, AL, jumped into the passenger side of her car while she was waiting on the train to cross.  He told her he had just walked away from the nearby Hope Center Drug Recovery Facility and was trying to go to Decaturville.  When she turned onto Hwy 70, Lowery grabbed the wheel and pushed her out of the car as it came to a stop on Hwy 70.

The victim immediately called 911 and a description of the vehicle was broadcast.  The car was stopped by New Johnsonville Police Officer Joe Yates and Lowery was taken into custody. 

“The victim’s quick 911 call led to getting information out to neighboring law enforcement agencies and prevented this suspect from leaving the area,” said Waverly Police Chief Grant Gillespie.  “I’m proud of the response by our 911 Dispatchers, New Johnsonville Police and our Waverly Police Officers which contributed to getting this dangerous suspect in custody.”

Lowery is being held in the Humphreys County Jail and is charged with Carjacking, Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, and Assault.  His bond is set at $73,000.

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WPD Announces SAFE Campaign Participation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Waverly Police Department

02/01/2018

THE WAVERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES SAFE CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION

The Waverly Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its fifth annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins February 1, 2018, and concludes August 1, 2018.

“We regularly see the difference wearing seat belts can make in preventing injuries. We encourage everyone to buckle up and use proper child restraint seats when driving or riding in a vehicle,” said Waverly Police Chief Grant Gillespie.

2018 will be the fifth year that the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign.

Last year yielded the following results:

• 1,480 child restraint violations
• 16,571 seat belt citations
• 835 other seat belt enforcement activities

“In 2016, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 88.95 percent,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Last year, the state’s usage rate decreased to 88.51 percent. Our goal this year is to achieve 100 percent seatbelt usage across Tennessee through the SAFE campaign and other occupant-protection initiatives.”

In Tennessee, a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities tend to occur between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Historically, approximately fifty percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly sixty when nighttime crashes are examined. Therefore, participating agencies will focus special attention toward nighttime seatbelt enforcement during the SAFE campaign this year.

For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

 

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Session 10 - Citizen's Police Academy to Start in January

December 15, 2017

Citizens Police Academy -Session 10 Announced

Session 10 of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is set to begin Monday, January 15, 2018, at 6pm.  Chief Grant Gillespie and officers from the Waverly Police Department will conduct the program.  Classes are approximately three hours in length and are held every Monday night through March 19.  Topics covered in the course include an overview of the law enforcement profession, criminal law, drug enforcement, patrol, firearms, DUI, defensive tactics, crime investigations, emergency driving, and other police related topics.

“Basically, it’s an extremely condensed version of the real police academy.  Each night’s topic is the same as a week’s topic in the police academy”, Gillespie said.   The class is very “hands on” and cadets will be allowed to drive police cars, shoot department weapons, write police reports, and ride with patrol officers on their shifts.  According to Chief Gillespie, “This class gives you a behind the scenes look at what we do and why we do it.  It's a great way to understand how your local police department works."

In addition, cadets will learn about the Public Safety concept in which officers are also trained as firefighters.  "The public safety concept is unique and cadets will have an opportunity to learn how this benefits our community," said Gillespie.

The CPA accepts applications from anyone at least 18 years old and living in Humphreys County.  Preference is given to citizens who live or work in Waverly.  Individuals of all ages are encouraged to apply.  The class is not physically demanding and accommodations will be made for anyone with health challenges.  Class size is limited to no more than sixteen cadets.  For more information contact Chief Grant Gillespie at 931-296-4300.  Applications can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded from the PD website at www.waverlypublicsafety.com. 

Applications will be accepted through January 8.

Download the CPA application in pdf format here.

 

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Position Open for Public Safety Officer

 

The Waverly Department of Public Safety-Police and Fire is accepting applications for the position of Public Safety Officer (Police Officer). The Department of Public Safety is a 24 hour full service Police and Fire Department. Because of the unique mission of the department, Public Safety Officers are required to perform both law enforcement and firefighting duties. All Public Safety Officers are required to complete the Basic Police Academy and Basic Fire Academy. Public Safety Officers are required to work shift work and are on call 24/7.

The application process includes a physical ability test, written police entry exam, oral interview panel and extensive background check. Successful candidates will undergo drug screening, physical and psychological exams and polygraph. Details of the process will be provided to applicants.

Minimum Requirements include:

• Be at least twenty-one (21) years;
• Be a citizen of the United States;
• Be a high school graduate or possess equivalence;
• Have a valid TN driver’s license;
• Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor and other alcoholic beverages or controlled substances;
• Not have been released or discharged under other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States;
• Have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation

Application packets can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded at www.waverlypublicsafety.com.

Applications will be accepted through Noon on Friday, January 5, 2018.

Submit application packet, cover letter and resume via mail or in person to:

Chief of Public Safety
103 East Main St.
Waverly, TN 37185

Questions concerning the application process or the compensation and benefits package may be addressed to either Captain Devin Elliott or Chief Grant Gillespie at 931-296-4300.

The City of Waverly is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is a drug-free workplace.

Download Employment Application Here

 

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Waverly Police K9 Crockett has been awarded “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” Grant

Media Release

August 22, 2017

By:  Chief Grant Gillespie

Waverly Police K9 Crockett has been awarded “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” Grant

The Waverly Police Department K9 Unit received a grant providing health insurance coverage for its Police K9, Crockett.   The insurance will reimburse the department’s special drug fund for veterinary expenses.

“This represents considerable savings to the department and allows us to use funds we would normally spend on our K9 in other drug enforcement programs,” said Police Chief Grant Gillespie. 

K9 Crockett is handled by Officer David Ross, a 30 year veteran of the Police Department.  Crockett is trained in drug detection, tracking and apprehension.  “Vested Interest in K9’s has provided Crockett a bullet resistant vest in the past and they show their concern for police dogs nationwide through their grant programs,” said Officer Ross.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) nationwide charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit is pleased continue their “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” program which launched in 2016.  The charity will supplement their initial donation of $10,000 in 2016 by donating an additional $10,000 in 2017 toward a medical reimbursement programs for a number of self-funded K9 units.

The “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” grant will be awarded to departments who have the financial burden of raising funds to support their K9 unit, who have no more than three K9s, and who have previously been awarded a vest through Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Law enforcement dogs ages two through seven will be eligible. The medical reimbursement insurance policy will cover illnesses, injuries—including those sustained in the line of duty—diagnostic testing and therapies.  In 2016, the pilot program for the charity awarded twenty-four K9 recipients with an annual policy at a cost of just over $10,000.00.

Selected as 2017 recipients to date are:  Waverly, TN Police Department, K9 Crockett, Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, TX, K9 Pusinka, Camp Point, IL Police Department, K9 Poseidon, Palmer, MA Police Department, K9 Buddy, Hadley, MA Police Department, K9 Nomar, Madison, FL Police Department, K9 Bolt, Attica, IN Police Department K9 Dirk , Grant County Sheriff’s Office, WA K9s Grizzly and Chicka , University Hospital of OH, K9 General, Cass County, IA Sheriff’s Office, K9 Vader, Dalton MA Police Department, K9 Max, Cass County, IA Sheriff’s Department, K9 Vader, and Ballard County KY Detention Center, K9 Abby.

The Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. grant will allow for the provision of a Trupanion prepaid annual policy. The plan allows the freedom to use any licensed veterinarian, specialty center, or emergency hospital in the United States, and Puerto Rico.

The program will be administered by Trupanion. 

Trupanion, a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs, offers injury and illnesses coverage for working and service dogs— both on and off duty. For nearly two decades, Trupanion has given pet owners and working dog owners peace of mind so they can focus on their dog’s recovery, not financial stress. Trupanion is honored to support these brave K9 heroes and is committed to providing the highest value in medical insurance to help them receive the best veterinary care.

In addition to the healthcare reimbursement program, the non-profit has provided over 2600 law enforcement dogs with bullet and stab protective vests in 50 states, at a cost of 2.1 million dollars. For more information, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org.

About Trupanion

Trupanion is a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs throughout the United States and Canada. Trupanion is committed to providing pet owners with the highest value in pet medical insurance. Trupanion is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol "TRUP". The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA. Trupanion policies are issued, in the United States, by its wholly-owned insurance entity American Pet Insurance Company and, in Canada, by Omega General Insurance Company. For more information please visit Trupanion.com.

 

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Suspect Charged in Curtis Drive Homicide

Release Date:  08/21/2017
By:  Chief Grant Gillespie

Waverly Police Department Detectives arrested Charles Shear, 22, of Waverly, last night on a charge of Second Degree Murder in the death of his wife, Brandi Shear, 22, of Waverly.  Officers were called to a residence at 105 Curtis Dr. on a report of gunshots being fired.  When the Officers arrived they discovered Brandi Shear deceased in her vehicle in the driveway.

Waverly PD Detectives Mike Hubbs and Jonathan Fortner are investigating the incident with the assistance of the TN Bureau of Investigation.   The investigation revealed that shots had been fired by both the husband and the wife during the exchange.  No one else was injured in the shooting.  Charles Shear is currently in the Humphreys County Jail under a $300,000 bond.

 

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Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign

Waverly police department Announces SAFE Campaign Participation

The Waverly Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins February 1, 2017, and concludes on August 1, 2017.

“We regularly see the difference wearing seat belts can make in preventing injuries.  We encourage everyone to buckle up and use proper child restraint seats when driving or riding in a vehicle,” said Waverly Police Chief Grant Gillespie.

2017 will be the fourth year that the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign. Last year yielded the following results:

  • 1,717 child restraint violations
  • 21,562 seat belt citations
  • 723 other seat belt enforcement activities

“In 2015, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 86.23%,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Last year, we soared to 88.95%. Through increased education, enforcement, and community involvement, we’re striving for ninety percent or higher.”

This year, participating agencies will pay special attention to nighttime seatbelt enforcement. Tennessee has seen a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Historically, approximately fifty percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly sixty when nighttime crashes are examined.

 

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Web Site for Waverly Disaster Created

A website has been created to help maintain information about the 1978 propane explosion that occurred in Waverly.  During discussions between Mayor Buddy Frazier and Public Safety Chief Grant Gillespie, the idea to have a central website dedicated to the event and administered by the City of Waverly was born.  The website is located at www.waverlypropaneexplosion.com and is maintained as part of the Department of Public Safety's Website at www.waverlypublicsafety.com.

The new site will combine information such as articles, pictures and videos concerning the disaster.  "We wanted a place that brought all the information into one place and to help memorialize the event for future generations", said Chief Gillespie, "Anyone who would like to contribute to the website should get in touch with us and we will incorporate any information relevant to what happened that day."

The 1978 event claimed the lives of 16 people including the Police Chief and Fire Chief and hospitalized 43 others.  The event served as a turning point in emergency management across the country.

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2016 Officer of the Year

Sgt. Shaun Wilson has been named the 2016 Waverly Police Department Officer of the Year.  The officer of the year is selected by members of the police department and goes to the member who best represents the values of the department.  This is the second year in a row that Sgt. Wilson has been selected and he is the only officer who has won the award three times.

"Shaun is a professional officer who consistently demonstrates the high values and expectations this community expects from its officers," said Chief Grant Gillespie.

This year's award is sponsored by Porch, Stribling and Webb Insurance Agency.  Below is Taylor Porch presenting Sgt. Wilson with the award.

 

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Public Safety Officer Position Opening

The Waverly Department of Public Safety-Police and Fire is accepting applications for the position of Public Safety Officer (Police Officer).  The Department of Public Safety is a 24 hour full service Police and Fire Department.  Because of the unique mission of the department, Public Safety Officers are required to perform both law enforcement and firefighting duties.  All Public Safety Officers are required to complete the Basic Police Academy and Basic Fire Academy.  Public Safety Officers are required to work shift work and are on call 24/7.

The application process includes a physical ability test, written police entry exam, oral interview panel and extensive background check.  Successful candidates will undergo drug screening, physical and psychological exams and polygraph.  Details of the process will be provided to applicants.

Minimum Requirements include:

  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be a high school graduate or possess equivalence;
  • Have a valid TN driver’s license;
  • Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor and other alcoholic beverages or controlled substances;
  • Not have been released or discharged under other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States;
  • Have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation

Application packets can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded at www.waverlypublicsafety.com.

Applications will be accepted through Noon on Thursday, September 15, 2016. 

Submit application packet, cover letter and resume via mail or in person to:

Chief of Public Safety
103 East Main St.
Waverly, TN 37185

Questions concerning the application process or the compensation and benefits package may be addressed to either Captain Devin Elliott or Chief Grant Gillespie at 931-296-4300.

The City of Waverly is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is a drug-free workplace.

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WPD Responds to Gunshots on Parkwood Dr

News Release

September 1, 2016

The Waverly Police Department responded to a call of gunshots being fired on Parkwood Drive in Waverly on August 31, 2016, at approximately 8 p.m.  Responding officers found two female victims who had been violently assaulted by suspect Stephen Jerese Turner, 28, of Waverly.  They were treated for their injuries at Three Rivers Hospital and released.  Turner is the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims and the victim had an active order of protection against Turner.  He also had an outstanding arrest warrant for violating the order of protection.

The girlfriend and her friend had returned to the apartment to retrieve personal items under the belief that Turner was not there.  Turner was concealed in the apartment and attacked the victims when they entered.  They ran out of the apartment and were assaulted in the front yard.  During the assault, Turner fired several shots from a handgun at the victims as they attempted to get away.  Neither victim was struck by the gunfire.  He fled back into the apartment when neighbors dialed 911.

Initial reports was that he may still be in the apartment when officers arrived.  The area was secured and neighboring apartments were evacuated.  The Waverly Police Department Special Operations Team was called to the scene and were able to determine that Turner had fled out the back door before officers arrived.  The Waverly Police K9 Team followed a track to the Waverly Country Club golf course nearby.

Waverly Police Officers took Turner into custody shortly after midnight after he broke into a vacant house approximately a mile away on Hwy 13 in Waverly.  The house was owned by members of Turner’s family and no one else was present in the home.   He was taken into custody without incident and the gun believed to have been involved in the assault was recovered.  Turner was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and Violation of an Order of Protection.  Outstanding warrants for Violation of an Order of Protection and Violation of Probation were also served.  He is housed in the Humphreys County Jail on a $160,500.00 bond.  Officers from the TN Highway Patrol and Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the initial incident.

Chief of Police Grant Gillespie said, “This was a violent domestic assault by a suspect who twice ignored an order of protection.  We are fortunate that the victims were not critically injured.”  Detectives are continuing to investigate and additional charges may be filed.

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Officer Taylor Promoted to Sergeant

Chief Grant Gillespie has announced the promotion of Officer Chris Taylor to the rank of Sergeant.  Sgt. Taylor is a 4 year veteran of the Department and was a supervisor with UPS prior to joining the Waverly Dept. of Public Safety.  He has also been a Field Training Officer, responsible for training newly hired Police Officers and Firefighters.  He will assume his role as the night shift supervisor beginning June 12.

 

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Burglary to Waverly Lumber Company

The Waverly Police Department is requesting any information regarding the burglary of Waverly Lumber Company located on Highway 70 East. Between the dates of January 19th and February 1st, someone entered Waverly Lumber Company and took several items. Items include miscellaneous power tools, plumbing supplies, paint, stains and electrical supplies. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Fortner or Sergeant Hubbs at the Waverly Police Department (931-296-4300) or Humphreys County CrimeStoppers at 931-296-2414.

Calls to Humphreys County CrimeStoppers remain anonymous and a cash reward may be available for information leading to an arrest for this crime or any other major crime or drug activity.

 

 

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