FAIRVIEW, Tenn. (WKRN) – Fairview police officers were shocked after showing for work Wednesday morning and being they were told to park their cars and go home.
It’s the latest incident for a department that has had multiple officers suspended and numerous internal investigations.
Fairview city manager Scott Collins inherited all the problems 90 days ago.
News 2 said he has to admit—this is unusual. He replied, “Very.” He also said he hopes 48 hours from now he finds the truth.
Sources told News 2 the officers were given no explanation.
“That is correct. They did not know,” Collins said. “I’ve learned that rumor and innuendo cause more damage. It was important to me that none of that got out before we took action.”
He continued, “We wanted everyone on the same playing field and dealing with the truth in this, so we established today and tomorrow to do work in the police department.”
Collins confirmed that for the next 48 hours, only the interim chief Scott Smith and Lt. Mark Sutton are on duty while the city assesses the police department from top to bottom.
“Sometimes you need to remove everyone and gives yourself room to learn what you need to learn,” he told News 2.
When asked why he took such a radical stance, the city manager said it’s kind of like asking your kids to clean their room over and over again, and when they don’t get it, you have to take serious action.
“There is no indication any of our officers did anything he wrong,” Collins noted. “I want to know where we are from our evidence collection and preservation procedures.”
“I want to know where all our assets and infrastructure are, and I want to know our process and procedures, and I want to know what training all our officers have had, the ones still on staff,” he continued.
While the Fairview police cars are all parked, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office deputies are patrolling inside the city limits.
According to sheriff’s officials, the Fairview patrols were covered with staffing adjustments and the extra patrols will not affect normal county protection.
“If there is coverage, the sheriff needs to bill us for in this process. We are certainly willing to compensate them for that,” Collins said.
He told News to that city officials want Fairview to be the preferred community in Middle Tennessee.
“That’s our goal 100 percent in everything we do, and the police department reputation, and in theory and practice is hurting us in that,” Collins added.
The city manager said city officers will hit the streets again Friday morning at 6 a.m.
In the meantime, he says the chief search has been narrowed down from 51 to 29 candidates, and in the reorganization, he hopes to increase the police force from 14 to 19 officers.