Administrative Services acts as the business office of the Police Department by providing assistance to the public and support services to the Department. Administrative Services is responsible for a number of tasks including: assisting walk-in customers, answering the phone, filing and maintenance of reports, dissemination of reports to the public and other criminal justice agencies. The office of Administrative Services is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 5 PM excluding holidays.
The Franklin Police Department does not fulfill request for crash reports.
All crash reports are filed electronically with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles upon completion. Crash reports may be obtained from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (click link). Scroll to bottom of their page to download form. Complete form and mail along with applicable fees to the address below or on the form.
Traffic Records Section
3105 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-3105
If you have questions for the NC Division of Motor Vehicles please call (919) 861-3068.
Please allow a minimum of three business days from your initial police contact before requesting a copy of an incident report. Reports may be picked up in person at the police department Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 5 PM excluding holidays. (No Fee Required)
Property and Evidence
The Franklin Police Department takes in various forms of property throughout the year. Property may be in the form of evidence, or lost and unclaimed personal property. The goal of Property and Evidence is to maintain a safe and secure location for all property stored by the department and to maintain a chain of custody for all items of evidence. Property and Evidence utilizes bar coding technology to help ensure accurate storage and retention of all property and evidence. Bar coding also helps to establish and maintain the evidentiary chain of custody.
Property is considered to be any personal item turned over to the police department for safekeeping or ownership identification. Once property has been placed in the care of the department, Property and Evidence will retain it in a safe and secure location until it is returned to its rightful owner, or disposed of according to law.
Evidence is considered to be any item seized by the department in relation to a criminal investigation. Property and Evidence is responsible for maintaining the chain of custody of all evidence in its possession, it also ensures all evidence is maintained in a safe and secure location throughout the investigation and all subsequent court proceedings. When an item of evidence is no longer needed it is returned to its owner, destroyed, or disposed of according to the law.
Property and Evidence Release
If you would like to pick up property from the Franklin Police Department, we recommend you call first to verify the property is available for release, and to schedule an appointment to pick it up from Property and Evidence. Certain paperwork is required to pick-up and release evidence. All property releases will require valid identification. Firearms will require a background check to ensure compliance with local, state and federal firearms laws. If you do not have a conceal carry permit, the gun you receive must be visible. If you would like to obtain a conceal carry permit contact the Macon County Sheriff's Office.
In 2010, the Franklin Police Department initiated its Chaplain program when Pastor Brandon Breedlove asked to volunteer his services to the department and its members. The Chaplain program provides professional pastoral services to those in need regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or religion. The purpose of the Chaplain program is to provide department members and their families an outlet during stressful or difficult situations in their professional or personal lives. All Chaplain services offered to department members are voluntary and confidential.
The Chief of Police is the director of the Administration unit of the Franklin Police Department. This unit is responsible for directing all activities of the department. Their primary mission of Administration is to ensure the department accomplishes its mission in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
Franklin Police Department Mission Statement
Our mission at the Franklin Police Department is to provide professional and efficient police services that will enhance the quality of everyday life. We strive to stay connected with the public by being involved in community policing activities. We will hold ourselves to high ethical standards and integrity to maintain public confidence and trust.
The Administration unit is responsible for the supervision of all law enforcement services to include: Administrative Services, Chaplin Services, Investigations, and Patrol.
In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations, Administration is tasked with the implementation of policy and procedure, budgeting, scheduling of personnel, training, and recruiting.
Administration works closely with the community, local media, and Town officials to keep them informed of what’s happening in the Town of Franklin.
The Investigations unit has two primary responsibilities, investigating time-consuming complex crimes and the collection, analysis and dissemination of criminal intelligence. Investigations consist of two Detectives who started their career with the department as patrol officers before being promoted to Detectives. There is always a Detective on call to investigate serious crimes. Detectives spend a majority of their time following up on leads, interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects, identifying and preserving physical evidence, recovering stolen property, filing charges against criminals who commit crimes within the city limits of the Town of Franklin and preparing case files for court. Detectives work closely with patrol and other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to solve and prosecute crimes.
Juvenile Investigations is a part of Investigations. Juvenile investigations is responsible for investigating all crimes committed against juveniles, including but not limited to child molestation, child abuse, neglect or any other crime in which a child is the victim. Detectives would also investigate any crime where the suspect is a juvenile. Detectives work closely with local youth service agencies, schools and School Resource Officers (SRO’s), the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Juvenile Court Counselors to better provide services to juveniles and their families.
Patrol is the largest and most visible unit within the Franklin Police Department. The unit consists of twelve officers equally divided into four shifts. A patrol shift consists of one Sergeant and two officers. Officers assigned to Patrol work twelve hour rotating shifts and provide law enforcement services to the Town of Franklin twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. The primary responsibilities of patrol is protecting life and property, responding to calls for service, investigating traffic accidents, traffic enforcement and crime prevention.
The Franklin Police Department utilizes its bike patrol during the spring, summer and fall to patrol special events, downtown businesses and parks. Bike patrol allows officers to patrol areas inaccessible by regular patrol vehicles and it provides an excellent opportunity for interaction between citizens and officers.
All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
In 2005, the Police Department purchased a Polaris Ranger All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) with grant money from the Department of Homeland Security. Officers use the ATV to patrol festivals, access undeveloped areas of land and for responding to calls for service in areas inaccessible by regular patrol vehicles during inclement weather.