Murfreesboro, Tennessee is the county seat of Rutherford County and is part of the Nashville metropolitan area. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in America and is the fastest growing major city in Tennessee. The city has an area of 39.2 sq. mi., 0.2 sq. mi. of that being water, and is policed by the Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD).
The current estimation of the population of Murfreesboro, Tennessee is 112,247. The city has an average of reported criminal incidents, compiled annually, of 4,937. Around 14% of these incidents are violent crimes. Derived as an average by year, murders number at 3 (0.03 for every 1k residents), rapes number at 56 (0.5 for every 1k residents), robberies number at 137 (1.22 for every 1k residents), and assaults number at 517 (4.61 for every 1k residents). Around 86% of these incidents are property crimes. Derived as an average by year, burglaries number at 951 (8.47 for every 1k residents), thefts number at 3,086 (27.49 for every 1k residents), and auto thefts number at 187 (1.67 for every 1k residents). Murfreesboro suffers an average total by year of 713 violent crimes (6.35 for every 1k residents) and 4,224 property crimes (37.63 for every 1k residents). An individual living in Murfreesboro, Tennessee possesses a 1 in 157 chance of experiencing a violent crime and a 1 in 27 chance of experiencing a property crime in a year.
The MPD’s headquarters is located at 302 S. Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 and has additional precincts in the Highland Heights and Franklin housing areas. The Murfreesboro Police Department is composed of four main divisions: the Administrative Services Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Operations Division, and the Uniform Division.
Administrative Services is made of three sections. The FTEP (Field Training and Evaluation Program) is a program of on the job training for new hire officers that last for twenty one weeks. The training process includes daily evaluations and thirteen written exams. The Personnel Section handles time accountability, payroll, and personnel files for the approximately 317 employees of the MPD. The Training Section provides and schedules all annual and specialized training for certified officers and civilian staff members necessary for those members to properly comply with city and state certification requirements.
Criminal Investigations handles the investigation of all crimes reported to the MPD and is divided into four sections. The Domestic Violence Special Victims Section handles rape, domestic assault, child sexual abuse, child abuse, child neglect, child pornography, stalking, elder abuse, and referrals from the Department of Children Services. The Gang Unit handles gang related or gang motivated crimes like shootings, drug related crimes, and serious assaults, and works to identify and document gang members within Murfreesboro. The General Investigations Section handles the bulk of investigations not otherwise covered specially by a section. The Vice / Narcotics Section handles the investigation of drug related, prostitution, and gambling crimes.
Operations provides logistical support to the department and is composed of three sections. Communications is a joint communications center run by the MPD and the Murfreesboro Fire Department, handling emergency and non-emergency requests for police and fire services and the coordination of those requests. The Information Desk handles the greeting of visitors to the department and requests for accident reports, police reports, fingerprints for personal use, and video tape copies. The Records Section handles the storage and maintenance of all records and property submitted by officers.
The Uniform Division, consisting of one hundred and sixty three officers, handles all the uniformed services of the department and is divided into two sections. Patrol Services handles the responding of officers to a request for service. Traffic & Special Services handles the enforcement of traffic laws and ordinances and response to reports of accidents.
The Murfreesboro Police Department maintains an official website at Murfreesboro Police Department where many useful resources and informative pages can be found. Within these pages can be found information on requesting public records such as police reports, arrest records, and registered sex offender information.