Gainesboro Police Department

  • Agency: Gainesboro Police Department
  • Address: 400 East Hull Ave, Gainesboro, 38562 TN
  • Chief: Max Goodpaster (Chief of Police)
Phone: 931-268-0416
Fax: 931-268-6896

Gainesboro Police Department is located at 400 East Hull Ave, Gainesboro, 38562 TN. The Chief of Police of the department is Max Goodpaster. The Gainesboro Police Department phone number is 931-268-0416.

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As we approach the first year anniversary of Zach’s death, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support. On June 15, 2016, my life changed forever when Zach passed away. I don’t have the ability to convey just how devastating this loss has been to me and my family. Thank you for your understanding, compassion and support during the past year. This means the world to me. I appreciate each and every one of you for reaching out with your thoughts and prayers, cards, letters, and phone calls of support. It warms my heart to listen to the stories of your encounters with Zach. Especially heart-warming are those stories from people Zach encountered in a professional capacity. Whether he took the person who was telling the story to jail or took their report, Zach left a lasting impression. Thank you for sharing those stories with me. The void his passing left in my life can never be filled, but thank you for your compassion, which has helped me go through this very dark time. Rick Larnerd

May 19, 2017 - National Police Week ceremonies, American Police Hall of Fame, Titusville, Florida

May 12 - 16, 2017 - National Police Week ceremonies, Washington, D.C.

May 11, 2017 - National Police Week ceremony, War Memorial Plaza, Nashville, TN

Former Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Larnerd Honored During National Police Week By a joint resolution on October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 that declared May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week, the annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice. In January, 2015, Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Zachary T. Larnerd was grievously injured in a vehicle crash while responding to a domestic violence call. He subsequently died from complications of those injuries on June 15, 2016. He had served as a deputy with the sheriff’s department since September 2014. Prior to that, Deputy Larnerd was a full-time Gainesboro Police officer for nearly three years and remained in a part-time capacity when he moved to the sheriff’s department. On May 11, 2017, Deputy Zach Larnerd was posthumously honored in a ceremony at the War Memorial Plaza in Nashville during which his name, along with five other law enforcement officers from Tennessee who lost their lives in 2016, was added to the memorial for officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. In Washington, D.C., Zach’s name has also been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. On May 13th, a somber ceremony was held there to honor him and the other officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. As a part of this ceremony, officers presented his father, Gainesboro police chief, Rick Larnerd, with bracelets that were worn during a several-hundred mile bicycle trek which was made to honor fallen officers. The Police Unity Tour is a national organization made up of law enforcement and support personnel who ride their bicycles hundreds of miles each year in honor and memory of fallen officers across the United States. During the evening of May 13th, a ceremony was held at the National Mall in which the names of fallen officers from 2016 were read aloud. The 29th annual candle light vigil was held immediately afterward. Tens of thousands of surviving family members, law enforcement officers from all over the world, and the public attended this very emotional ceremony. On May 15th, National Peace Officers Memorial Day, another ceremony was held on the west lawn of the Capitol Building. President Donald Trump was the keynote speaker. Additional powerful messages supporting our Nation’s law enforcement were delivered by Vice-President Mike Pence and other dignitaries. Chief Rick Larnerd was presented with the Fraternal Order of Police, “Supreme Sacrifice Medal of Honor” in recognition of the supreme sacrifice Zach made to his chosen profession. Jackson County Sheriff, Marty Hinson was in attendance to represent Jackson County’s loss of a deputy, and Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Chris Carter attended as escort officer for Chief Rick Larnerd who was in a dual role representing the Gainesboro Police Department’s loss of an officer in addition to being a survivor himself. A final ceremony which honored Zach was held at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, Florida on May 19th. Zach’s name was added to the marble memorial alongside the more than 8,000 other law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty since the memorial was opened. “The ten days I spent traveling from Nashville, to Washington, D.C., to Titusville, Florida and back, to honor Zach were some of the most grueling and heart-wrenching I have ever experienced,” said police chief Rick Larnerd. “My waking moments were full of tears, pride, and heart ache as I interacted with the surviving family members who lost their sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers to felonious actions against them and accidents. I never want to go through that again, yet I can’t wait to attend the ceremonies next year,” reveals Larnerd. “None of this could have been possible without the support of other national organizations like the Fraternal Order of Police, Law Enforcement United, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and especially C.O.P.S, Concerns of Police Survivors. I will be forever indebted to David Stolinsky of the Middle & East Tennessee chapter of COPS. Please consider supporting these very worthy organizations. I will also be forever indebted to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the people of our community who continue to show their support to me,” Chief Larnerd said. Concerns Of Police Survivors - Fraternal Order of Police - Law Enforcement United - National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Police Unity Tour -

In a continuing effort to keep our community safe, please be advised that North Murray Street will be the target of increased traffic enforcement. The road passes through the community locally referred to as, "Cheesetown," and has a posted speed limit of 20 MPH, which will be strictly enforced. We want you to slow down and enjoy our town while you're here. If you have information about a crime, you may report it by calling 931-268-0416. "One Team ~ One Mission!"

A big thank you to police officer Michael Jones from the Beaumont, Texas police department. He created this amazing memento to honor Zach's service to our county and his ultimate sacrifice. It will be on display at the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. How can you adequately thank someone for their selfless donation of time and effort to honor a complete stranger bonded only by the profession?

Sep 1, 2016 - Update: Thanks to the tenacity of Sergeant Detective Mickey Smith, the culprits responsible for the damage to the stone wall on South Main Street have been tracked down. A satisfactory agreement to repair the damage has been reached between the owner and the two responsible. Thanks to everyone who called with information. If you have information about a crime, you may report it by calling 931-268-0416. "One Team ~ One Mission!"

The Gainesboro Police Department would like to wish John and Rose, of the Town Diner, much success in their next adventure. We will miss having the opportunity to come into your restaurant for a bite, fellowship, and interaction with you and your serving staff. Best of luck to you and the employees of the Town Diner!

August 27, 2016 - The Gainesboro Police Department is seeking help from the public in identifying the person responsible for this damage. Sometime Thursday evening, August 25th, between 10 pm and Midnight, someone crashed into this stone wall causing the damage, seen here, before fleeing the scene. This stone wall was built in the early 1900s by a relative of the resident who labored many long, backbreaking hours to create this retainer. Its value is immeasurable. That someone would destroy this historical fixture of South Main Street without notifying the homeowner or offering to make it right is despicable and inexcusable. Here is my offer to the person responsible. Turn yourself in to the police department by the end of this weekend and you won't be prosecuted for the damage you caused. If you make us track you down through the debris from your vehicle you left behind, my promise to you is simple. I will vigorously prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law when we catch you. You left enough of your vehicle that I can assure you, it isn't a matter of, "IF" we catch you, but, "When." You need to ask yourself if any one of the people who know about this will remain quiet or will they call to tell us what they know, which will immediately void my offer. The clock is ticking... Please share this with your family and friends. If you have information about this, or any crime, you may report it by calling 931-268-0416. "One Team ~ One Mission!"

Please join the Gainesboro police department in keeping the family, both blood and blue, of this murdered officer in your prayers.

On the eve of the 10-week anniversary of Zach's death, I received the following email from a police chief in New Jersey and I'd like to share his words with you. Thank you, Chief Griffin... "They say that God doesn't give us any more than He knows we can handle. I'm not sure if that is true in your case or any man for that matter. I wish i could find the right words to say but I fail to find them. All I can do is pass along something that I said to the family of a Jersey City Police Officer who was shot and killed during an ambush only 6 months after he graduated the academy. While presenting Det. Santiago with the Valor Award (posthumously), I read the following thought; something that was written by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. I hope that it somehow helps you as it did Det. Santiago's family. Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident or under extreme provocation. But we also know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. That just beyond their safe little community, there are wolves waiting in the dark for a chance to devour them. Then there are the wolves. The wolves feed on the sheep without mercy just like there are evil men in this world and they are capable of extremely evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. And then there are sheepdogs. A sheepdog’s entire being is to live to protect the flock and to confront the wolf. Now, the sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. His mere presence is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. The sheep would prefer not to think about that and they just don’t want the sheepdog to be around them. They don’t like it when the sheepdog tells them where to go and what to do, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16 rifle. The sheep would much rather that the sheepdog stay out of sight so they can continue believing that all is well in the world and nothing will harm them. Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock of sheep tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog. Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog knows he will and lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” Yet, the sheepdogs, the warriors, said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.” If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. And there is nothing wrong with that. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you are a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness and regardless of whether or not they come out alive, they are satisfied with their role in the world and accept their fate because they have done the only thing they are capable of doing. Being a sheepdog. Zach was a brave and courageous sheepdog who was watching over his sleeping flock; sheep that were not even aware of his presence, his watchful eye or his willingness to lay down his life to keep them safe while they slept peacefully in their beds. And Zach made the ultimate sacrifice for being a sheepdog. He gave his life protecting the sheep from wolf."

UPDATE- With help from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, the pontoon boat that was stolen from the Foodtown parking lot has been recovered. Charges against those involved are pending. Thank you to those who provided information on this theft. If you have information about a crime, you may report it by calling 931-268-0416. "One Team - One Mission!"

ALERT - The Gainesboro Police Department is seeking information regarding a stolen pontoon boat. Sometime between 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm on Sunday, July 24th, a person or persons, took the watercraft from the old Foodtown parking lot. The vessel is described as a 16 ft pontoon boat with a center console, white seats with green trim, white panels with green trim, on a black trailer with Tennessee in big white letters on it, the top was folded down and it is green. It also has a black, 40 hp Mercury outboard. Anyone with information about this theft is encouraged to call 931-268-0416.

Please join the Gainesboro police department in lifting up prayers for the families of those officers slain and injured in Dallas, Texas. These officers were there to protect the very people who killed them. With the memories so fresh in my mind of you who lined the streets to pay your respects as my son and Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy passed by on the way to his final resting place, I cannot fathom working in a place where the people you work hard to protect wish to kill you. It simply defies logic. May God grant peace to the families of those officers, both blood and blue, as they go through this horrible, horrible grieving process all while trying to cope with the knowledge that their lives are now changed forever...

It has been a little over two weeks since Zach left an enormous void in the lives of those who knew and loved him. For the past 16 days, I have been trying to think of words which will convey my gratitude for the support given to me, Mary Beth, Cyrus and both our families. I still cannot. Zach’s funeral services were a sight to behold. Though he would have been upset by the attention which put him in the spotlight, this young man deserved every second of recognition he received from the people he served and loved. You expect to hear good things being said about a person during their funeral service. There was no shortage of them here. Words like, committed, deeply loved, competent, courageous, tenacious, tough, brave, understanding, and compassionate were just a few used to describe my son. These adjectives used to describe Zach were a spot-on-accurate depiction of who he was as a person. I will add that Zach Larnerd was a person any parent would be proud to call, son. I have been in a very deep and dark place these past two weeks, searching for a light switch. I just can’t seem to find it. The glow provided by the overwhelming support has helped assuage my grief. I have received cards and letters of support from all over North America. From the Maine Game Warden Service and Vermont State Police, to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania State Police and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. From innumerable law enforcement agencies up and down the East coast to those in the Heartland and beyond. The California Highway Patrol, Oregon and Utah State Police, and the Border Patrol in Texas. State and federal law enforcement agencies from Montana, Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Washington, Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Alaska, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas, Idaho, South Carolina, Michigan, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Texas, New York, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Kansas, Connecticut, Oregon, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Kentucky, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Ohio all touched us with support. We have received support from our blue family from as far away as Alberta and Ontario Canada and Sao Paulo, Brazil. None of these people ever knew Zach or me, yet they were touched by his sacrifice to the profession. Please know that my gratitude for your support during this horrible time means more than I have the ability to convey.

EOW. End of Watch. Never in my most dreadful nightmare would I have ever thought I'd see those letters or words being used in reference to one of my children. I cannot fathom the reason behind why my son was taken, not just from me, but from Mary Beth, Cyrus, our families, and the community he loved to serve. My family would be honored by anyone wishing to pay their respects by lining the route we are taking Zach on the journey to his final resting place in the J J White Cemetary, on White Cemetary Road, Monday after his funeral. When the procession leaves the Jackson County Middle School, we will take Highway 56 south to Highway 70. We will turn left onto 70 and travel to Peach Orchard road. We will turn left onto Peach Orchard road, travel by Zach and Mary Beth's home, and continue to White Cemetary road where we'll turn left and into the Cemetary. I don't have the ability to summon the words which adequately describe how the outpouring of support and condolences for our loss of this young wolf hunter has affected me, Mary Beth, Cy, and both our families. Thank you just doesn't seem like it's enough, but it's all I can muster. Thank you all so very, very much...

Credit for this moving tribute to Zach goes to Rose Borisow of Code 3 Art.

For those traveling from afar to attend Deputy Zach Larnerd's funeral services, the physical address of where the services will be held is: 170 Blue Devil Lane Gainesboro, TN 38562.

Gainesboro police officers along with the sheriff and deputy's from the Jackson County Sheriff Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol are bringing Zach home and taking him to Anderson funeral home. The motorcade should be in Jackson Co in about 1 hour coming down highway 56 from interstate I-40

Services for Jackson County Shetiff's Deputy Zach Larnerd will be held at the Jackson County Middle School on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Visitation will be from 4pm - 9 pm. On Monday, visitation will also be held at the middle school, begin at 9am, and conclude at 11 am. The funeral service will commence then. Thank you for supporting this valiant young man.

Everyone who has reached out to me and Mary Beth during this catastrophic event has shared a common sentiment. It is the same one I will repeat now. I don’t know what to say. Your support for Zach, Mary Beth, Cyrus, and me leaves me at a loss for words. As we struggle to understand the whys, please know that we are so grateful for your caring thoughts, words, and prayers. Our community has lost a good soul. One recruited to a higher calling. Zach loved his job and loved serving this community. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. My only solace in this is that Zach is no longer in pain. Those of you who knew Zach personally know the pain of which I speak. I never thought I would have to bury one child, yet I find myself on the verge of doing it again. Please continue to keep us in your prayers for very difficult days lie ahead for us. Please look to this page and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department page for funeral arrangements. A donation in lieu of flowers to help defray our burial expenses would be greatly appreciated.

Gainesboro Police Department is sad to inform the public that due to complications from Zach Larnerd's automobile accident while responding to a domestic call, he has passed away today from an infection and a heart attack. Funeral will be at Upper Cumberland Funeral Home in Gainesboro, more details will be posted after arrangements are made.