Cookeville Police Department

  • Agency: Cookeville Police Department
  • Address: 45 E Broad St, Cookeville, 38503 TN
  • Chief: Robert E Terry (Chief of Police)
Phone: 931-526-9591
Fax: 931-526-4897

Cookeville Police Department is located at 45 E Broad St, Cookeville, 38503 TN. The Chief of Police of the department is Robert E Terry. The Cookeville Police Department phone number is 931-526-9591.

Cookeville Police Department News

Tennessee law requires that motorists yield to any emergency, maintenance, or recovery vehicle that is stopped on the shoulder of the roadway. They include: • Police or Highway Patrol vehicles; • Ambulance or Fire Fighting vehicles; • Utility vehicles that provide your electric, phone, natural gas and water services as well as solid waste “sanitation” vehicles; • Tow Trucks or TDOT HELP vehicles; • TDOT maintenance vehicles or private contractors involved in road construction or repair work. • It also applies to stationary cars or trucks with emergency flashers on. This applies to interstates and any multi-lane highway (with four or more lanes) that has at least two lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction. When safety and traffic conditions allow, the motorist MUST yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane that is NOT adjacent to the stationary emergency vehicle. This requirement to move over applies, regardless of whether the emergency vehicle is on the right or left-hand side of the road. ONLY when traffic conditions make it unsafe to make such lane change is the motorist allowed to respond to this situation by simply SLOWING down and remaining in the same lane.

It's time to spring forward. Don't forget to set your clocks one hour ahead tomorrow morning at 2:00 am. (We recommend setting your clocks before bedtime). In the morning, grab your favorite caffeinated beverage and enjoy the extra daylight!

***Update*** Litzy has been found safe and is now with family! Thank you everyone who shared this post! A community working together is one of the greatest tools law enforcement has when helping people. Great job! ***Missing Endangered Juvenile*** Litzy Clavijo Yunga is a 13-year-old missing juvenile last seen at approximately 3:40 pm near Brookfield Drive in Cookeville TN. She is 4ft 9in tall, approximately 95 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a black sweater and dark blue jeans. She was also carrying a backpack. If you know where Litzy is or have any information about her please contact the Cookeville Police Department at 931-526-2125.

Arrive Alive!! Between 2012 - 2016 Putnam County Law Enforcement worked an average of 118 crashes related to speeding per year. Please obey the speed limit and arrival alive. The faster you go, the longer it takes you to stop. Your reaction time along with the speed you travel should be considered when calculating actual stopping distance. On dry pavement at 65 mph, from the time you perceive an obstacle to the time you stop, you will almost travel the length of a football field! Check out more stopping distance calculations provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

One of the most common faults when making turns at intersections are turning from the wrong lane. The first rule of turning is to turn from the closest lane in the direction you are traveling to the closest legal lane in the direction you want to go. We hope this diagram from the Tennessee Driver License Manual will help.

Our fellow first responder and his family needs our thoughts and prayers. He was reported missing after his vehicle became submerged in the Tennessee River. Search efforts for him are underway.

This is worth a re-post. On February 22nd we posted this advice asking everyone to lock doors. Since this post was originally promoted, our department has taken 11 burglary/theft reports of property or vehicles that were left unlocked. Pass the word! We want to reinforce.......Lock it or Lose it........

Between 2013 - 2017 Putnam County Law Enforcement worked an average of 42 motorcycle crashes per year. Spring is only two weeks away and the number of motorcycles you see on the road will increase. Here are a few safety tips to consider as you travel the roadways. 1. Be respectful and courteous and share the road. 2. Use turn signals to change lanes or merge into traffic. 3. Check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes. 4. Watch for motorcycles with turn signals flashing. 5. Watch for sudden moves by motorcycles due to road hazards, such as potholes or debris. 6. Travel at a safe distance, don't follow to close. 7. Look twice before entering an intersection. 8. Slightly open your vehicle windows, you might hear the motorcycle before you see it. For the cycle riders out there - check out Tennessee's Motorcycle Safety Laws at

***Fatal Accident on South Willow Avenue*** On March 3, 2018 at 09:44 PM, officers responded to 237 South Willow Ave. in reference to a motor vehicle accident with injuries. A 1999 Mercury Mountaineer driven by 44-year-old Eric Michael Swanson of Cookeville left the roadway while traveling southbound on South Willow Ave. The vehicle traveled through two adjoining parking lots of 237 South Willow Ave. before striking a small tree and the Bank of Putnam County sign. Mr. Swanson was transported to the Cookeville Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. It is unclear whether Mr. Swanson suffered a medical event prior to the crash. This crash remains under investigation. If anyone witnessed the crash and has not yet spoken with police, please call the Traffic Enforcement Division of the Cookeville Police Department at 931-520-5370 or the main station at 931-526-2125.

Did you know that in 2017 law enforcement officers in Putnam County worked 354 traffic crashes related to distracted driving? Commonly seen causes of distracted driving: 1. Cellphone usage. 2. Daydreaming. 3. Eating or drinking. 4. Adjusting audio or climate controls. 5. Picking up a dropped device (Cellphone). 6. Looking at that traffic accident as you are driving by. 7. Talking to other passengers. In fact, if you are reading this while you are driving you might become a statistic…Stay Alert!

Safety of motorist traveling through Cookeville is a top priority for our department. Unfortunately, we see several preventable vehicle crashes with injuries at intersections that are controlled by a traffic-control signal. At the risk of being painfully obvious, we'd like to provide quick definitions of the meanings of those traffic-control lights: 1. Green – “Go”. You may enter and pass through the intersection or turn right or left unless a sign at such intersection prohibits either turn. Turning left or right requires yielding to the right of way of other vehicles or pedestrians. 2. Red – “Stop”. You must stop before entering the intersection or crosswalk. 3. Yellow – “Caution”. This means that a RED traffic light will shortly appear! It does NOT mean you should accelerate (increasing your speed) before a RED light appears. For complete definitions, see Tennessee Code Annotated 55-8-110 - Traffic-control signals -- Inoperative signals. Be Safe!

**In case you missed it** Partnership is the key to success. The Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center is a safe place for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, or child abuse to find comprehensive support services. Check out their website at Our very own Detective Yvette Demming is pictured alongside many of our partners.

Our condolences to our neighbors at the Lebanon Police Department for the loss of Officer Joseph Michael Bowen. Officer Bowen was recovered from the Smith Fork Creek after his vehicle ran off the roadway on March 1st. Officer Bowen leaves behind a wife, 2 children, and a family that loved him, both by blood and in blue.

Shootings can happen in unlikely places. Don’t be scared, be prepared! Do you or someone you know have children or relatives that attend school, work in an office, factory, or attend a place of worship? ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training is the leading program for response to violent critical incidents (VCI). VCI are man-made forms of violent disaster, including: active shooter, violent intruder, mass shooting, terrorism, workplace violence, and other unexpected tragedies. The mission of ALICE is to save lives – this training program empowers individuals to make their own survival decisions, using proactive response strategies, should they be faced with violence. Participating in ALICE Instructor Certification provides you training on these strategies. The Cookeville Police Department is hosting an ALICE Instructor Certification Training June 14th – 15th, 2018 at the Cookeville Gas Department. Click on the links below for registration information and more. . Class Registration: More information about ALICE Training Institute:

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***Can You Identify This Person*** On February 23, 2018 this person stole a U-Haul Tow Dolly from a business on South Willow Avenue. As you can see, the suspect took the dolly using his Maroon Dodge Truck. If you have information regarding the identity of this person contact Detective Sergeant Ryan Acuff at 931-520-5320. Lets show the community how working together can solve crimes! Additional photos are added to the comments of the post.

***Lock it or Lose it*** If you don’t lock your car, you’re making it an easy target for crime. Approximately half of all reported vehicle burglaries in Cookeville are vehicles left unlocked. Here are some helpful tips to help prevent becoming a victim. 1. Lock your doors! 2. Don’t leave valuables in unattended vehicles. Even items deemed worthless to you may be valuable to a thief. 3. If you must leave valuables, hide them or lock them in the trunk. 4. Completely close windows and sunroofs. 5. Carry the registration and insurance card with you. Don’t leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle. 6. If you don’t have a car alarm get one. Noise is an effective way of discouraging theft. 7. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, find another place to park. 8. Don’t rely on tinted windows to conceal valuables left in vehicles. 9. Always report suspicious persons or activity to the police. 10. Park in well-lit areas. Commonly Stolen Items 1. Purses, wallets, briefcases, and gym bags 2. GPS units 3. CDs and CD cases 4. Keys, remotes, and garage door openers 5. Jewelry, credit cards, checkbooks, and money 6. Cameras, cell phones, and laptop computers 7. Firearms and tools

Congratulations to Officer Christopher Burgess on his new career as a police officer at the Cookeville Police Department. Pictured below is Officer Burgess being sworn in by Chief Randy Evans. Officer Burgess is accompanied by his parents Philip and Julie Burgess. Well done Officer Burgess!

Do you surf the web? Do you have children, no matter the age, surfing the web or using mobile phone applications? Did you know that the Cookeville Police Department is an affiliate of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force? Report suspicion of child sexual exploitation to the Cookeville Police Department at 931-526-2125 or go to Everyone at the Cookeville Police Department cares about the safety of our children. Help us help you protect our children and take a moment to research internet safety. Go to for resources and tips.

***UPDATE*** The person has been identified and has been arrested. This is a great example of everyone working together and solving crimes! Thank you for your help! ***Do you know this person*** On February 15th a silver 2005 Dodge Caravan was stolen from a business on South Jefferson Ave. The person in the lime green pullover is a person of interest. If you can identify this individual, please contact Det. Sgt. Ryan Acuff at 931-520-5320.

Ever wonder if you are being targeted for a scam? We often get questions or reports about someone being targeted for a scam. Here are a few helpful tips from our partner at the Federal Trade Commission. 1. Spot imposters - Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request — whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email. 2. Do online searches. Do your research online. 3. Don’t believe your caller ID. 4. Don’t pay upfront for a promise. 5. Consider how you pay. Credit cards have significant fraud protection built in, but some payment methods don’t. 6. Talk to someone. Before you give up your money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. 7. Hang up on robocalls. 8. Be skeptical about free trial offers. 9. Don’t deposit a check and wire money back. 10. Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at If you spot a scam, report it at Your reports help the FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice. For more information about how to avoid a scam go to:

***SWAT Training Notification*** In case you happen to see our officers in SWAT gear in the area of East 1st Street they are conducting a training exercise. The training will begin Thursday morning on February 15th and occur between the hours of 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Training is an importance part of providing our citizens with professional police service. Thank you for all the support you provide to our agency!

***Do you know this person?*** On February 9th, 2018, the Cookeville Police Department took several theft reports from Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The person in this video is a person of interest in those thefts. He was observed arriving in a dark colored Chevy sedan prior to entering the hospital. If you know this person contact Detective Heather Marshall at 931-520-5265 with any information regarding his identity.

Our very own Victim Services Coordinator Tara Bates partnering with surrounding agencies to share about stalking awareness. Are you a victim of a crime and have questions regarding services that may be available? Tara Bates is happy to speak to you and she can be contacted at 931-520-5302.

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