City of Waynesboro Police Department
City of Waynesboro Police Department
The patrol division is the backbone of the Waynesboro Police Department. Patrol coverage is 24 hours/ 365 days a year.
Chief Walter Smith
Lt. Jeremy Staggs
The mission of the Waynesboro Police Department is to work in partnership with our community to enhance the quality of life of our citizens. We intend to accomplish this goal by providing a professional, compassionate, well trained, and adequately equipped department to protect and serve our citizens. It is our goal to provide an ethical and professional service to our community and guests, enforcing the law fairly and impartially with integrity and professionalism to ensure peace without oppression, while maintaining compassion for the diverse needs of our residents and visitors.
Our department focuses on the perseveration of human life and strives to sustain a high quality of life for our citizens.
The Waynesboro Police Department has a high code of conduct and ethics. We expect our officers to conduct themselves professionally and to always treat our citizens and visitors with respect.
We believe if we work hard to provide all of these values to our community we will earn the trust bestowed upon us by our citizens. We dedicate our lives to protect and serve our community and visitors.
Our vision is to build a strong community trust in order to build a foundation of confidence and respect in our department. We intend to preserve and strengthen community bonds, and to continue to serve the community with an exceptional professional service with integrity, honesty, and compassion.
The Waynesboro Police Department accepting their 2nd CALEA Recognition Award on July 31, 2010
2010 Waynesboro Police Department Assessment Report:
CALEA was formed in 1979 through the combined efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Sheriff's Association (NSA) and the Police National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The commission was formed for two reasons: To develop a set of law enforcement standards, and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
The recognition process involves a comprehensive self-assessment by the department of the 112 standards. These standards address (1) life, health and safety issues, (2) critical legal issues, and (3) conditions that reduce risk and high liability exposure.
After undergoing self-assessment, an on-site assessment is completed by a team of trained independent assessors. These CALEA assessors verify the department’s compliance with standards by checking its proofs and interviewing operations and management personnel. A public hearing is also held to elicit citizens’ comments. Recognition periods are three years in duration and during this time the department must maintain compliance with the standards and must submit annual reports attesting to this fact. Re-Recognition occurs at the end of this period, pending another successful on-site assessment and hearing before the commission.
The Waynesboro Police Department completed the initial recognition process in July 2007, and was re-recognized successfully in July 2010. Recognition is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. It requires written directives and training to inform employees about policies and practices; facilities and equipment to ensure employees’ safety; and processes to safeguard employees’ rights. Employees of the Waynesboro Police Department take pride in their police service, knowing it represents the very best in law enforcement.
The Waynesboro Police Department is presently undergoing State of Tennessee Accreditation. Results will be posted upon receipt.
Cops 4 Kids:
The Waynesboro Police Department annually participates in the Cops 4 Kids program. This program is designed to assist needy families by selecting children from the Waynesboro Community and taking them on a small shopping spree at Christmas time. This program is sponsored by many local businesses such as Fred's, Dollar Store, Sonic Drive-In, and McDonalds, among others.
If you would like to help sponsor our annual Cops 4 Kids Christmas Program, please contact the Waynesboro Police Department at 931-722-5458.
Handgun Permit Course
Periodically the Waynesboro Police Department offers the Handgun Permit Course required for a handgun carry permit in the State of Tennessee. For more information on the next class offering, call (931) 722-5458.
The Waynesboro Police Department is certified to instruct the safety course required by the State of Tennessee in order to obtain a handgun carry permit. All proceeds go to benefit our annual "Cops for Kids" Christmas Program and to further develop our firing range. This course consists of a (4) hour classroom session and a firing range qualification and safety session for a total of (8) hours. There is a written and practical exam also involved.
Handgun Carry Permit Information
Qualifications that must be met before applying for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit
- Renewing your Handgun Carry Permit
How to renew your Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit
- Change your Handgun Carry Permit Address
By law if you move, you are required to notify us of your new address within sixty (60) days
- Replace a Lost Permit
If you have misplaced or lost your handgun carry permit, you will need to apply for a duplicate
- States with Mutual Recognition of Handgun Possession Privileges
Tennessee's recognition of out-of-state handgun carry permits and Reciprocity information
- Handgun Safety School and Instructor Information
Tennessee requirements for firing ranges and
How to become a state certified handgun safety school or certified handgun instructor
- Handgun Carry Permit Related Laws
List of laws related to Handgun Carry Permits in the Tennessee Code
- Frequently Asked Questions
General Information on applying for a handgun carry permit in Tennessee
Obtain a Copy of an Accident Report:
You can go through the services at https://www.buycrash.com or contact the Waynesboro Police Department 931-722-5458.