Franklinton Police Department

  • Agency: Franklinton Police Department
  • Address: 409 11th Ave, Franklinton , 70438 LA
  • Chief: Donald Folse (Chief of Police)
Phone: (985) 839-2977

Franklinton Police Department is located at 409 11th Ave, Franklinton , 70438 LA. The Chief of Police of the department is Donald Folse. The Franklinton Police Department phone number is (985) 839-2977.

Franklinton Police Department News

Due to a scheduling error, the Monday, November 12, 2018, City court will be postponed until December 10, 2018. Our Office is working to notify everyone who was to attend the court of the change. Our court and administration offices will be closed Monday, November 12, 2018, in observance of Veteran's Day.

STREET CLOSURES FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER, 17, 2018. The Washington Parish Free Fair Parade will lineup at Eastgate Shopping Center, with the exception of marching bands and dance groups. (See parade officials for information the morning of the parade) At 9:00 a.m., all westbound traffic will be diverted off Hwy. 10 onto Section line Rd. (High School Road). Traffic coming onto Washington St. from Woods Rd. will be directed to Section Line Rd. At 9:30 a.m., all streets on the Parade route will be closed and floats will be brought onto Washington Street. As well, 10th Ave. (Junior High) from Howard St. to Bene St. will be one-way only into the Fair Grounds, to allow an emergency vehicle a clear route to and from the Fairgrounds. The parade will still start at 10:00 a.m., traveling its traditional route from the intersection of 15th Ave. and Washington St. (First Finance) to Main St., then into the Fairgrounds. There are "No Parking" signs along 10th Ave. and several areas from 11th Ave. to Ellis Cemetery on Bene St.; parking on the grounds of Ellis Cemetery is not allowed. Any vehicle parked in the cemetery grounds will be towed away at the vehicle owner's expense. The Franklinton Police Department, along with assistance from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and Officers from Rayburn Corrections Center will be at intersections to monitor traffic and assist with pedestrians. Remember, for public safety purposes, once the route is closed there will be no vehicle traffic allowed on the route. Keep an eye on the little ones, especially around trucks, trailers, and floats that are moving. If there is an emergency on the route, contact an officer and emergency services will be notified. The Franklinton Police Department is once again offering wristbands for parents and guardians of small children and special needs individuals. The bands can be used to write your name, your child’s name and phone number on it so we may contact an adult in the event a child wanders away. Please place the band on your child’s wrist if possible or on an item of clothing that cannot easily be removed. These bands will be available for pick up at the Franklinton Police Department dispatch prior to the Fair and at the Franklinton Police Department command post during the Fair at no cost. (These bands are for identification purposes only and cannot be used for the Carnival rides) We hope everyone has a safe and fun Fair week.

At approximately 10:30am this morning the Bowling Green High School will roll through downtown with its annual Homecoming parade. Expect street closures and heavier than normal traffic on Main St. to Washington St. down to 11th Ave (Ace Hardware) turning then down Pearl St. to Main St. returning to Bowling Green.

It's Fair time again!!!! Chief Olander Smith and the Franklinton Police Department will once again be offering free wristbands for children and special needs individuals. These bands are neon green and made from Tyvek, so they cannot be easily removed. Individuals are asked to write the child's name, emergency contact person and phone number on the underside of the band for each person. These bands are available at the Police Department from today until the start of the Fair, then they will be at our Command Post at the Fairgrounds

This is just a reminder that today at 1:18 p.m., everyone who has a cellular device will receive a "Presidential alert" issued by FEMA. The purpose of the alert is a test only of a new nationwide warning system that a President could use in case of an armed attack by another country, a cyber attack, or a widespread natural disaster.

Please pray for these two brave Officers and their families.

******SCHEDULED DRILL AT FHS******* The Franklinton Police Department will be at Franklinton High School today to monitor a pre-scheduled crisis management drill. There will be multiple officers and emergency vehicles on campus. This drill is an ongoing effort between the police department and schools within our jurisdiction to improve coordination, safety and response.

This morning Chief Olander Smith invited Little Obie to the Franklinton Primary School. Little Obie belongs to the Canadian Northern (CN) Railroad and visits communities to promote train awareness and safety. Classes at the Primary were treated to rides around the block and learned about the safety of riding trains. Statement from CN: At CN, nothing is more important than the safety of those who live, work and play in the communities along our tracks. That’s why; every year CN Police officers make presentations and talk to more than a quarter of a million children and parents throughout North America about the dangers of walking and playing on or near train tracks. It’s a dialogue of caring and it helps make our communities safer places to live. CN Police officers work closely with local, provincial, state and federal law enforcement agencies, firefighters, and emergency medical service providers. We all share a common goal: to help prevent injuries and save lives. To learn more about safety tips for you and your family, please visit the following websites: & Chief Smith would like to thank CN Railroad for bringing Little Obie and the teachers and staff at the Franklinton Primary School for assisting with this event.

On Friday, September 14th at approximately 4:30pm, the Franklinton Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from Citizens Bank in reference to a white male later identified as 73 year old Wallace Smith Jr. pointing a firearm at a teller. Officers with the FPD and WPSO responded to the scene. A second 9-1-1 call redirected the responding officers to a witness who was following the suspect in his vehicle. Officers caught up with the suspects vehicle on LA25-N approximately 5 miles from Franklinton. A felony traffic stop was conducted and Smith was taken into custody without further incident. After Smith was positively identified, a subsequent search of his vehicle resulted in locating the firearm used in the crime. Further investigation revealed that Smith was in the drive-up line at Citizen's Bank and initiated a verbal altercation with the patron who ended up assisting law enforcement officers in apprehending him. According to the victim and witnesses, during the course of the verbal altercation, Smith made verbal threats and brandished a firearm. The victim stated that Smith made a racial slur towards him while pointing the weapon in his direction. Following his arrest, Smith complained of chest pains therefore he was transported to Riverside Medical Center for treatment. Pending reports suggest Smith may potentially be transferred to another medical facility. Smith will remain in custody during his medical treatment and upon release, booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of Aggravated Assualt 2 Counts with a hate crime modifier.

The Franklinton Police Department will be conducting a meeting today at Franklinton High School. Several first responder agencies will be in attendance. Do not be alarmed by the presence of multiple emergency vehicles up to and including a helicopter. This meeting is an ongoing effort between first responders and the school system to increase coordination with regards to public safety.

There is currently NO CURFEW inside the city limits of Franklinton.

Latest update from NWS

Update from Washington Parish Government....

Schools open tomorrow.

4PM update on TS Gordon.

Sandbags can be picked up starting today.

Sandbags available on Tuesday.

Heavy rain and wind possible for late Tuesday and Wednesday. Be aware and take precautions.

Chief Olander Smith and Franklinton Police Department welcome the newest member of our law enforcement family, K-9 Finley, a 1-yr. old black lab whose services will be utilized with Franklinton Police Department’s Search and Rescue/Compassion Program. Patrolman First Class Anthony Cox, who is spearheading the program, has worked with K-9’s throughout his law enforcement career and will be Finley’s handler. He contacted Animal House Rescue in Hammond, who donated Finley to our department. Finley was surrendered by her owner due to health issues and being unable to keep her. The St. John Parish Animal Control, who fostered Finley to the Animal House Rescue, is a 501 (C) (3) who rescues dogs, cats, and other neglected animals, and finds suitable homes for them. Finley is a Search and Rescue K-9. She will aid her handler in searching for lost and missing individuals, and will also provide comfort while visiting local schools, hospitals, and nursing home facilities. Finley is not, nor will she be trained as an apprehension canine for criminal patrol. In order to be qualified, Finley first had to pass a temperance test to confirm that she fits the profile of a comfort dog. After becoming qualified, Finley was then enrolled at the USK9 Unlimited Training Center for an 8-week training program to learn Level 2 obedience and Search and Rescue. Finley’s training is being paid in part by the Deputy Jeremy Triche Hero Foundation. Deputy Triche and his partner, Deputy Brandon Nielson, were both ambushed and killed in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance which occurred in St. John Parish in 2012. Franklinton Police Department is honored to have Finley, in memory of these officers. Chief Smith wishes to thank the St. John Parish Animal Control, Animal House Rescue, USK9 Unlimited Training Center and Pfc. Cox for all the work that has gone into this project.

With the beginning of a new school year around the corner, Chief Smith and the Franklinton Police Department want everyone to start the year out right. On Wednesday, August 8th schools throughout Franklinton and Washington Parish will welcome students and their parents. This means car lines, bus routes and children walking to and from school. It also means the start of school zones. The area around the Franklinton Head Start, Primary, Junior High and High School's which read “NO CELL PHONE ZONE". The signs were installed as part of Louisiana law, which states, in part: “No person shall operate any wireless telecommunications device while operating a motor vehicle upon any public road or highway during the posted hours within a school zone on such public road or highway. Operating a wireless telecommunications device shall include: (1) Engaging in a call. (Except when using a hands-free device) (2) Writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication. (Including email) (3) Accessing, reading, or posting to a social networking site.” The safety of our children is a priority for the Franklinton Police Department. Please be aware of officers patrolling the areas, and know that offenders will be ticketed. First violations will be charged a fine of no more than $500. Any subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine of no more than $1,000 and a suspension of the driver's license for a 60-day period. Also, remember that seatbelts are required for all adults as well as for children under the age of 13 years. Children under 6 years old, or under 60 pounds, must be in a proper child safety seat. The seatbelt and child safety seat laws are mandatory no matter the distance driven from home to school. Have a safe school year. Chief Olander Smith

On July 20, 2018, following an investigation, beginning in September 2016 by the Franklinton Police Department, Detectives arrested Frederick Washington of Tulia, Texas. Washington was charged with First Degree Rape and Oral Sexual Battery. Washington was extradited from Huntsville, Texas where he had been incarcerated on unrelated charges. After booking he was transported to the Washington Parish Jail. Due to the age of the victim, additional information is being withheld.

Nothing new, just going to be HOT!!!!!! Stay hydrated.

Extreme heat fro upcoming weekend.☀️☀️☀️