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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If it sounds too good to be true......

The Waverly Police Department has received several reports of check scams in the area.  The scams come in several forms, but usually involve the victim receiving an unsolicited check informing them they have won a lottery, sweepstakes or other prize.  The victim is often asked to cash or deposit the check and then send the scammers some or all of the cash.  The check will not clear the bank and the victim is left responsible for the insufficient funds, including what was sent to the scammers.

The Police Department encourages anyone who receives one of these check to ignore it and report it to their local police department.  These scammers will often follow-up with phone calls or emails to the victim and can be aggressive in their attempts to get money or account information from them.

“It’s important that you never respond or give any personal information to anyone without a legitimate reason.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” said Chief of Police Grant Gillespie.  “If you are suspicious of anyone asking for your personal information, don’t give it out and report it to the police.”

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Waverly Police Department Announces SAFE Campaign Participation

The Waverly Police Department will be partnering with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office for the 2016 Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. The SAFE campaign is designed to increase seat belt and child passenger safety restraint usage in Tennessee.  Law enforcement agencies participate in the campaign by planning and implementing occupant protection initiatives in their communities.

“We see examples every year of seat belt use saving lives and reducing injuries in crashes here in Waverly,” said Chief of Police Grant Gillespie.  “Buckling up and making sure our children are in a properly used child restraint seat are key to keeping safe on the road.  Unfortunately, we still see adults and children injured or killed because they don’t take these life saving measures.”

     This is the third year that the Governor’s Highway Safety Office has sponsored this campaign. Last year yielded the following results:

  • 2,470 child restraint violations
  • 33,879 seat belt citations
  • 671 other seat belt enforcement activities

“Last year, our statewide seat belt use rate dropped slightly to 86.6%,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “It is vitally important that all drivers and passengers buckle up every trip, every time. Our ultimate goal is that this campaign, combined with the increase of the seat belt fine, will increase our usage rate to ninety percent or higher.”

This year, participating agencies will pay special attention to nighttime seat belt 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.

The SAFE campaign will take place February 1 – August 1, 2016. 

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State Fire Marshal Urges Safe Generator Use

State Fire Marshal Urges Safe Generator Use During Winter Weather

Portable Generators Pose a Serious Carbon Monoxide Hazard

NASHVILLE – As cold weather sweeps across Tennessee, home and business owners may rely on portable generators during occasional power outages to operate their electrical equipment such as heating units, computers, water pumps and lighting.

While portable generators can provide a quick fix, they can also pose unseen hazards that can have long-lasting effects. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that following some basic tips can ensure safe generator use every time.

“If winter weather causes a power outage, a portable electricity generator can be quite valuable, but it’s important to know the fuel-powered engines can create toxic amounts of carbon monoxide so they should only be used outdoors,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Never use one in a home or garage and place them at least 20 feet away from doors and windows. We want Tennesseans to stay safe this winter while keeping warm.”

Because carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas, it is often referred to as the invisible killer. Since 2013, 12 people have died in Tennessee as a result of non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. This past September, Tennessee commemorated its first Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day in an effort to stop this preventable loss of life.

Avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. Follow these tips for safely operating a portable generator:

  • Always read, follow, and save the manufacturer's operating instructions for your generator.
  • Never use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off. Only use your generator outdoors, away from open windows, vents, or doors that could allow carbon monoxide fumes inside.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
  • Ensure everyone in the home knows to immediately get to a fresh air location should the carbon monoxide alarm sound. Have someone call 911 from outside the home.
  • Know the initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness (flulike symptoms, but without the fever). If you experience these symptoms during or after generator use, get to a fresh air location immediately and have someone call 911.

About the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance: TDCI is charged with protecting the interests of consumers while providing fair, efficient oversight and a level field of competition for a broad array of industries and professionals doing business in Tennessee. Our divisions include the Athletic Commission, Consumer Affairs, Tennessee Corrections Institute, Emergency Communications Board, Fire Prevention, Insurance, Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Peace Officers Standards and Training, Regulatory Boards, Securities, and TennCare Oversight.

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State Fire Marshal Reminds Tennesseans to Heat Homes Safely

State Fire Marshal Reminds Tennesseans to Heat Homes Safely

Heating Equipment Fires Caused 42 Deaths, $31 Million in Property Losses Since 2010

NASHVILLE –The State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans to keep safe and warm as colder weather becomes more common across the state. Residents are urged to use extra caution with the use of alternate heat sources.

"The arrival of colder weather means many people will begin to heat their homes with fireplaces, woodstoves, and space heaters," said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. "The drop in temperature traditionally brings a rise in fire deaths and injuries due to the use of these alternate heat sources.”

Heating equipment is a major cause of home fire devastation. The Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System reports that Tennessee fire departments responded to 2,924 home structure fires that involved heating equipment from 2010-2014.

These fires caused 42 civilian fire deaths, 54 civilian fire injuries and over $31 million in direct property damage. Heating equipment fires accounted for 8 percent of all reported home fires and 9 percent of home fire deaths.

Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Burn only dry, seasoned wood in fireplaces and woodstoves.Never burn garbage or use flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • If the pilot light of your gas heater goes out, allow 5 minutes or more for the gas to go away before trying to relight the pilot. Follow manufacturer’s instructions when relighting the pilot. Do not allow gas to accumulate, and light the match before you turn on the gas to the pilot to avoid risk of flashback.

Don’t forget to install smoke alarms on every level of your home and to test them monthly. Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home. The plan should include two ways out of every room and a designated meeting place outside where everyone can be accounted for.

Visit us online and download our complete home fire safety checklist.



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Bid Request - SCBA

The City of Waverly Department of Public Safety is seeking proposals for Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Bids will be opened on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. CST in the training room of the Department of Public Safety at 103 East Main Street, Waverly, TN. Bid specs may be obtained by contacting Chief Grant Gillespie, 103 East Main St., Waverly, TN 37185. 931-296-4300.  We reserve the right to reject any and/or all proposals, to waive technicalities or informalities, and to accept any proposal deemed to be in the best interest of the City of Waverly.

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Citizens Police Academy Session 9 Announced

August 11, 2015

Citizens Police Academy -Session 9 Announced

Session 9 of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is set to begin Tuesday, September 15, 2015 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 Tuesday night through November 24.  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 August 31.

Download the CPA application in pdf format here.

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Safety Tips for Outdoor Grilling

Summertime is the peak season for outdoor grilling and grilling fires. This year, the Waverly Department of Public Safety along with the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges outdoor cooks to keep fire safety in mind as they start up the grill this summer.

From 2010-2014, Tennessee fire departments responded to 204 fires involving grills, hibachis or barbeques. Those fires resulted in two civilian injuries, two firefighter injuries and $5.9 million in property damage, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System (TFIRS).

“Practice safety whenever you grill,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Julie Mix McPeak. “Place your grill well away from siding, deck railings, eaves and overhanging branches. Never leave a grill unattended.”

Keeping safety your No. 1 priority while grilling can help make your summer cookout memorable for the right reasons.

· Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make sure the venturi tubes - where the air and gas mix - are not blocked.

· Do not overfill the propane tank.

· Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.

· Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flame can flashback up into the container and explode.

· Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. Supervise children around outdoor grills.

· Dispose of hot coals properly - douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers.

· Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas - carbon monoxide could be produced.

· Make sure everyone knows to “stop, drop and roll” in case a piece of clothing does catch fire. Call 911 if a burn warrants serious medical attention.


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2014 Annual Report Released

2014AnnualReportThe Department of Public Safety has released its Annual Report for 2014. The report is an overview of WDPS and includes information about personnel, programs, equipment, and statistics.  Although the report is extensive, it is merely a summary of key information and events from throughout 2014.

The report is available on-line at www.waverlypublicsafety.com in pdf format.

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2014 Officer of the Year

Officer Chris Taylor has been named Officer of the Year for 2014.  The Officer of the Year is nominated by the members of the department.   "Officer Taylor has been a very active officer and has made several felony cases this year," said Chief Grant Gillespie.  "He is a great example of meeting the high standards we expect from our officers."  

Officer Taylor has been with the Department since 2011 and was also named a Field Training Officer (FTO) this year and became a member of the department's Special Response Team.  In his duties as an FTO, Officer Taylor will be responsible for training new officers.

This year's award was sponsored by Porch-Stribling-Webb Insurance Company.  Pictured below is Taylor Porch presenting the award to Officer Chris Taylor.


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Drug Indictments Served

Dec. 9, 2014

The Waverly Police Department ended a year-long drug investigation with the indictment of 14 people last week.  The indictments include charges for the sale of prescription drugs and marijuana. 

The abuse of prescription drugs has become a large problem for many communities including Waverly.  “This represents a year-long effort by the Police Department to help combat the drug problem in our community. Many of us can easily name someone in our lives who are affected by prescription drug abuse” said Chief Grant Gillespie.  “This investigation focused on illegal prescription drug sales.”

Detective Jonathan Fortner was the lead investigator in the case.  Several vehicles used in the transactions were seized under civil forfeiture laws and will be sold at auction.  The proceeds of the sale will go into the special drug fund which helps fund drug law enforcement.  Most of the indictments were served last week by members of the Waverly Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT).

“The Waverly Police Department is committed to keeping Waverly a drug free community.  The officers involved in this investigation have put in many hours and hard work on these cases,” said Chief Gillespie.

Drug enforcement is a continuing effort by the department.  Anyone having information concerning drug activity in the City of Waverly is encouraged to report it by calling the Waverly Police Department at 296-4300 or they can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 296-2414.


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Halloween Events Oct 31

As a reminder to everyone, East Main Street from Cooley Street to Fairground Drive, will be closed to traffic on Friday, October 31 beginning at 4:30pm to 8:00pm for the First Baptist Church's annual street party.  The event begins at 5:00pm.  The Department of Public Safety asks everyone to please drive carefully as downtown will be filled with excited children out trick or treating.

"We will have extra officers and firefighters out to help with traffic and all the activities in the city Halloween night," said Chief Grant Gillespie, "Please slow down and watch for kids in and near the street."

Officers and Firefighters will be at the event on Main St. handing out "slap bracelets" while supplies last.  These bracelets are reflective and can be worn with the kid's costumes to help make them more visible around traffic.  

In addition to the street party, the Waverly United Methodist Church also has a trunk or treat event in their parking lot.  The Waverly Tigers also have a home game at WCHS.  Officers will be on hand to assist with traffic after the game.


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