Clarksville, Tennessee is the county seat of Montgomery County and the fifth largest city in Tennessee behind Chattanooga, Memphis, Knoxville, and Nashville. The Clarksville Police Department provides law enforcement services for the 95.5 square mile area of the city, 94.9 of which is land, the other 0.7 being water.
Clarksville, Tennessee has an approximate population, based on the most recent available figures, of 137,356 denizens. The total amount of criminal occurrences yearly in Clarksville, established as an average, is 4,748. Of these incidents, 18% are violent crimes. Murders amount to 10 yearly (0.07 per thousand denizens), rapes amount to 47 yearly (0.34 per thousand denizens), robberies amount to 100 yearly (.73 per thousand denizens), and assaults amount to 720 yearly (5.24 per thousand denizens). The remaining 82% of incidents are property crimes. Burglaries amount to 990 yearly (7.21 per thousand denizens), thefts amount to 2,711 yearly (19.74 per thousand residents), and vehicle thefts amount to 170 yearly (1.24 per thousand residents). Altogether, there are 877 total violent crimes and 3,871 total property crimes every year in Clarksville. One out of every one hundred and fifty people living in Clarksville will be victimized by a violent crime and one out of every thirty five people living in Clarksville will be victimized by a property crime every year.
The CPD is subdivided into several sections that focus on specific parts of its law enforcement duties. The CST (Crime Scene Team) uses staff members from other departmental sections on an on call basis. These members serve these other sections as regular members, stepping up as CST officers when a situation demands their specialties. The Crisis Negotiator Team steps in to help resolve situations like hostage scenarios, offenders who have “holed up”, and suicide threats. Dispatch receives calls for service and coordinates communication and response of appropriate officers and resources to the scene of an incident. The K9 services Unit currently has four pairs of handlers and canine that are trained for and employed in assisting in locating narcotics, missing persons, and articles and objects related to crimes, and also help in the apprehension of suspects who may pose dangers to public safety and officers. The Tactical Unit are deployed for situations that are deemed to be “high risk”, which include hostage scenarios, suicidal persons, “holed up” persons, serving of warrants to suspects expected to be dangerous, the protection of VIPs and dignitaries, and any circumstance the Chief feels warrants their inclusion.
The Training Division handles all facets of training required for non-sworn and sworn personnel (sworn officers are required to undergo at least forty hours of training every year). The Traffic / Parks Division handles the enforcement of traffic laws in Clarksville and patrolling and responding to calls in the city’s park areas. The City Records Division holds and maintains all records pertaining to accidents and incidents within the city’s jurisdiction. The Domestic Violence Unit liaises between victims of stalking, sexual assault, dating violence, and domestic violence and law enforcement personnel responding to such incidents. They strive to assist victims with finding help and support and to keep them informed and understanding of the investigative process and where their personal case is currently.
The website of the CPD can be found at Clarksville Police Department Home. Therein can be found a multitude of information, including an overview of the services they provide and how they relate to the community. Notable inclusions are:
- The Teen Citizen Police Academy, with information on how to apply to the classes, when those classes will be held, and contact information for the officers involved in the program.
- Contact Information for the department as a whole as well as individual segments of its structure.
- Citizen’s Police Academy, which helps to educate citizens about the department, its resources and functions and offers training in areas such as safe operation and handling of firearms and self defense techniques.
- Public Information, with links to help in contacting the Information Officer to request public records, access the CPD”s annual report, or view information on crime in specific ares of the city.