Franklin Police Officer of the Month August

A Franklin business can rest a little easier now that a serial burglar was arrested early last month. Thanks to the work of Franklin Police Officer Clayton Cates and the department’s Flex Team, the thief was taken into custody Aug. 8, 2015, an act that earned Cates the Franklin Police Department’s Officer of the Month award.

Officer Cates, assigned to the FPD’s Flex Team, organized the surveillance of a downtown business, according to an FPD press release, after the owner reported recurring episodes of missing money and jewelry, into the thousands. Flex Team Officers arrested, during the stakeout, a store employee suspected of the repeated burglaries. A burglary charge was issued after that employee confessed to repeatedly burglarizing the store afterhours.

“Officer Cates was part of a team that came in on their day off to covertly watch this store,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner, in the press release. “Officer Cates’ service-above-self approach with his community, crime victims, and his fellow officers makes a difference every day – it certainly did on this day.”

Officer Cates told the Williamson Source that he was honored for the award and recognition of Officer of the Month. “I am very fortunate to be a part of such a great team at the FPD,” he said.

The Franklin Police Department said it is proud to partner with Franklin Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, who awarded Officer Cates with $150. Dealership General Manager Leo Linkov recognized Officer Cates recently with a plaque at police headquarters.

Officer Cates plans to donate his award money to his favorite charity: The Tennessee Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders Foundation.

“I chose the Tennessee Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders Foundation because of the great local work they do in the hemophilia community,” Officer Cates said. “We (my family and friends) know first hand the challenges those with bleeding disorders face as my son has a severe form of the illness.”

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