Area investigators work to combat 'alarming spike' in juvenile crime

Photo: Franklin Police

Investigators across Middle Tennessee met Monday to develop joint strategies to fight the "surge" in juvenile crime. This comes after three girls and two boys, ages 12 to 16 were recently charged in a Nashville murder and robbery.

Brentwood Police, Clarksville Police, Franklin Police, Hendersonville Police, Lavergne Police, Metro Police, Nolensville Police, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Smyrna Police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office discussed ways to combat what they call an "alarming spike" in juvenile crime.

Authorities focused on violent crimes like murders, carjackings, and armed robberies committed by teens and the dangerous getaways that often come with it. Crimes committed by minors in Williamson County is at an unprecedented high, according to the sheriff's office.

“Teenagers are crossing jurisdictional boundaries to commit violent crimes in our community,” said Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Their lack of regard for the safety of others makes them particularly dangerous.”

Multi-jurisdictional enforcement, intelligence sharing and area-wide crime prevention campaigns were a few of the ideas presented in Monday's meeting. Leaders with each department are now working toward next steps to put their plans into action.

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