Savannah Police Department

  • Agency: Savannah Police Department
  • Address: 80 King St, Savannah, 38372 TN
  • Chief: Donald Derr (Chief of Police)
Phone: 731-925-4989

Savannah Police Department is located at 80 King St, Savannah, 38372 TN. The Chief of Police of the department is Donald Derr. The Savannah Police Department phone number is 731-925-4989.

Savannah Police Department News

Please be advised that the streets of Savannah are snow covered and very slick. If you don’t have to travel, we advise you to stay home and stay safe!

It's been a busy month for Sergeant Allen Snelling. We are excited to announce that Sgt. Snelling has been selected as the 2018 VFW Officer of the Year for Hardin County. Additionally, SGT Snelling was chosen by his peers at SPD as the 2017 SPD Officer of the Year and honored at our department Christmas party. Sergeant Snelling oversees our Training and Special Programs division and does an outstanding job! He has personally overseen the implementation of our Active Shooter training class for businesses and churches, and is responsible for the department achieving over 1600 hours of training in 2017. Thank you Sgt. Snelling for your service to Savannah!

Savannah City Hall and all Savannah City Government buildings will be closing at 3 pm today due to the inclement weather. Our lobby will close at 3 pm and will reopen at 8 am Tuesday morning. If you need non emergency assistance from an officer, please call 925-4989. Please exercise EXTREME caution if you must get out and travel in these snowy/icy conditions. Overnight, it is expected to drop well below freezing, with a wind chill factor of approximately 10 degrees. This will refreeze anything that thaws on the roadways. As always, our dedicated patrol officers will be out patrolling and responding to calls no matter the forecast.

JOB OPENING For the Savannah Police Department The City of Savannah is now accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. This position is under the general supervision of the Chief of Police. Interested applicants must submit a resume and Application for Employment, which is available for pick up at Savannah City Hall, 140 Main Street, Savannah, Tennessee between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, January 11, 2018 until Friday, January 26, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. A complete job description, including essential functions required to perform this job, is available at Savannah City Hall, and will be distributed with each application. Starting pay is dependent on qualifications and education. The Savannah Police Department will consider basic training for highly qualified candidates. The Savannah Police Department will offer a signing bonus for a candidate who is both P.O.S.T. Certified and possesses completed college degree(s). Applicants must be able to pass a written examination, oral interview board, physical examination, drug screen, psychological examination, and pass an extensive background investigation, including driving and criminal histories. Candidates with a felony record, serious misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or without a valid driver’s license need not apply. The successful applicant must be able to work holidays, weekends, and regular shift work, which includes both day and night shift work. Employees of the Savannah Police Department are required to reside within Hardin County within one (1) year of employment. The City of Savannah is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If anyone has lost anything of value at Walmart in the last couple of days, please contact the Savannah Police Department and speak with Detective Keen to identify it.

ALL HARDIN COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TODAY because there is currently no water service at West Hardin Elementary, Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis announced this morning.

We at the Savannah Police Department would like to send out our deepest condolences to the family of Sgt. Phyllis Ann Driskell and to the Hardin County Sheriff's Department. Sgt. Driskell passed away from an unexpected illness and her services will be held today (12/31/17). We were honored to be a part of the Sea of Blue that was held on Sgt. Driskell's behalf last night. We pray for God's blessings over the family and the sheriff's department. Ms. Ann, you will be missed!

Today is a bittersweet day for all of us at SPD. Today, we say Congratulations to Captain Terry Hosea as he officially begins his retirement. At 5 pm, Captain Hosea will sign off for the last time, thus closing the book on an almost 40 year career of service to the citizens of Savannah. Captain Hosea has devoted most of his life to this department and its citizens, and we all thank him for his many years of service. For most of Savannah, the name Terry Hosea is synonymous with the police department, as for most he has been an officer all of their lives. We congratulate him on this accomplishment and wish him all the best. Pictured below is Captain Hosea today, and Patrolman Hosea on his first day with SPD 39 years ago.

If anyone knows anything about this van, please contact SPD or your local law enforcement

Please see this post by our friends over at Shelbyville PD regarding the new headlight law taking effect 1/1/18.

Pursuit ends with driver in custody On 12/14/2017, Officers of the Savannah Police Department were dispatched to Burger King at 160 Florence Road in reference to a possibly intoxicated male subject creating a disturbance and attempting to get in a vehicle and leave the establishment. Chief of Police Michael Pitts was nearby and responded with the patrol units. Chief Pitts was first on the scene and began to try to talk to the individual. While Chief Pitts was talking with the individual, the driver did admit several times that he was "drunk". Chief Pitts asked the driver to exit the vehicle and perform field sobriety tests. The driver of the vehicle did then put his car in reverse and accelerate rapidly, striking Chief Pitts’ unmarked patrol car, and then rapidly accelerate straight in an attempt to strike Chief Pitts and Officer Ben Cossey, who had arrived on the scene along with Officer Wesley Murphy. The driver did then run through the ditch, attempt to turn on Armstrong Street, and strike a tree. The driver did then proceed back onto Florence Road where Officer Murphy began to pursue him. The driver did proceed east on Wayne Road, turn into the Shell Station, and then proceed back west on Wayne Road. Officers blocked his advance on Wayne Road and the driver turned onto Monty Drive. He then turned right on Alabama Street and then left on Cumberland Street where he then drove into the parking lot of Aspen Apartments and was blocked in by SPD units. The driver did then exit his vehicle, attempt to flee, and was apprehended by SPD officers. The driver, identified as Richard Davis of Counce, TN, was checked by Hardin County EMS and refused medical treatment. The damage to SPD vehicles was minor and was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Davis faces charges of Felony Evading Arrest, Driving on a Revoked Driver’s License, DUI 2nd Offense, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer (4 Counts), Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Resisting Arrest, and other various traffic related offenses. Officer Cossey was treated at Hardin Medical Center for minor injuries, was released, and has since returned to active duty. Davis is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Community Participation leads to Record Drug Take Back All of us at SPD would like to thank you, the citizens of Savannah, for you efforts to properly dispose of unused and expired medications. As many of you know, we are the sponsoring agency for the Count it! Lock it! Drop it! campaign for Hardin County, and as such we provide a drug drop box in the lobby of the police department. As part of the program, the unused and expired medication is picked up by a medical company and disposed of in a proper facility. This quarter, SPD set a record of over 55 pounds of unused medications being destroyed. That puts the total for the year of 2017 at over 130 pounds of medications that are off the streets, out of the water system, and out of cabinets where they could be stolen, abused, or fall into the hands of children. All of us at SPD thank you for your support of this program, and we look forward to setting new records in 2018. If you need to dispose of unused or expired medications, please bring them by the police department between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and place them in the black drop box in the lobby. Please remember that we do not accept needles or liquids. If you need more information on the Count It! Lock It! Drop It! campaign, please visit

SPD is pleased to partner with Cash Express for "Fill the Cruiser" this Friday afternoon to give back to those less fortunate this holiday season. Please bring by your new, unwrapped toys, canned goods, and/or coats as we attempt to fill a cruiser to help Savannah!

The Savannah Police Department would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who has commented on, shared the post, and prayed for the missing runaway female, Natalie Hallman. As of tonight, Ms. Hallman has been located and preparations are being made to return her safely.

The Savannah Christmas parade IS still scheduled for tonight at 6:30 pm. Please ignore the post from last year that is circulating on social media! If there are any changes, we WILL post it here! We invite everyone to come out tonight and enjoy the parade!!!

The Savannah Police Department would like to remind everyone that tonight starts Savannah's Christmas on Main event downtown. This event will run Friday and Saturday nights for the next three weeks. Subsequently, please use caution when travelling through downtown and plan accordingly. There will be delays if you are travelling down Main Street. It is our advice to use Water Street to detour the festival if you need to travel on US 64. Also, please remember that we will be shutting US 64 down to thru traffic on Saturday from approximately 4p-9p. All thru traffic on US 64 MUST use Water Street on the next three Saturdays. Please take note and plan accordingly. Thanks and have a safe and Merry holiday season.

We have received several calls regarding the new traffic light control system at the Water and Pickwick streets intersection. These are not "traffic cameras" and they do not issue citations. These cameras are a part of a state of the art traffic system that TDOT has installed to operate our traffic lights at this intersection and the Pickwick and Main Street intersection. Contrary to popular belief, these cameras DO NOT issue tickets, DO NOT record, and ARE NOT accessible by the police department to monitor traffic. These cameras are hooked to a computer that synchronizes the traffic lights in order to ensure optimum traffic efficiency.

From all of us at the Savannah Police Department, Happy Thanksgiving!

Do you know this person? The Savannah Police Department is seeking to identify this person and speak with them regarding an active investigation.

Please make plans to attend, and also note that this festival will be going on downtown most of the month of December on Friday and Saturday nights. Please plan accordingly for heavy traffic, detoured traffic, and street closures on these nights. If travelling on US 64, please consider Water Street to avoid the festival congestion.