Church Safety Training

The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office is now conducting training for local churches. Training officers Captain Brian Vandiver and Sergeant Chris Wilkerson put together a training program which includes active shooter training, along with other safety issues that churches may face. We encourage churches to be proactive and begin preparing for such events instead of being reactive. If you would like more information or to schedule training for your church, please contact Captain Brian Vandiver at (731) 228-3007 or bvandiver@hardemancountysheriff.org.

Fighting Against Opioid Overdoses

Crossing all socioeconomic barriers, addiction does not just affect the poverty stricken, homeless, or street junkie. With the addition of opioids like Fentanyl and Carfentil, people are dying daily across the state of Tennessee. Fentanyl can be trasmitted by inhalation, ingestion, or even absorbed through the skin therefore, just touching the drug can kill someone.
Opioids are substances that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. Medically they are primarily used for pain relief, including anesthesia. In order to prepare for possible opioid overdoses in the future, the Hardeman County Sheriff’s department took part in training to be able to receive Narcan (generic name is Naloxone), which is an opioid antagonist for opioid overdoses. All patrol cars are now equipped with these kits in an effort to reduce opioid overdose deaths.
The training was given on behalf of the State Targeted Response (STR) grant through the state of Tennessee.
This state grant allows for Narcan to be placed in the hands of our law enforcement, not only for their protection, but for the protection for the public.  If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and needs help, please call 1-800-889-9789.

$24,000 Reward

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, FBI and the 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant announced the reward Thursday March 23, 2017 in the unsolved 1998 murder of Michael Bell, according to a TBI release.

Bell was a clerk at the McKee’s Stateline Convenience Store at the time of his murder on July 23, 1998. The store is located on Highway 125 S between Middleton, TN, and Walnut, MS.

An unknown individual shot and killed Bell, then left the store in a 1990s General Motors sedan and drove toward Walnut, MS.

The robbery does not appear to have been the motive of the shooting, according to the release. They say Bell instead was the target of a coordinated murder.

The FBI has joined in the investigation, and the partnership has resulted in new leads in the case, according to the release.

Investigators believe there are people in the community who have information that can help solve the crime.

The reward is for information that directly assists law enforcement in the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Bell’s death.

Anyone who has information is urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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Captain Knight Recognized

On March 21, 2017 dispatchers and law enforcement officers from all across the state gathered at the TIES (Tennessee Information Enforcement System) Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN. During this conference, people were recognized for their outstanding service. Captain Dana Knight was among the recognized and received the award for TAC (Terminal Agency Coordinator) Of The Year. Only one TAC Of The Year is chosen each year for the entire state for an outstanding job. Captain Knight was chosen because of her hard work and dedication to serving the citizens of Hardeman County. She has spent countless hours assisting local law enforcement agencies and TBI during investigations of vehicle and identity thefts along with a recent double homicide. Congratulations Dana Knight!

Sheriff Doolen Honored

Sheriff Patriotic Employer

Pictured above (from L to R): Sheriff Doolen, Deputy Naylor, and Deputy Bryant

On Thursday March 31, Sheriff John Doolen was honored at the National Guard Armory in Bolivar for his patriotic support. Sheriff Doolen was nominated for the Patriot award by Cody Naylor and Justin Bryant, both of whom are deputies with the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office and also serve in the National Guard. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

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“In God We Trust”

“In God We Trust” was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956. “In God we trust” first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864 and has appeared on paper currency since 1957. In August 2015, Sheriff Doolen decided to add the motto to the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars. This logo came at no cost to the county thanks to Southern Designs of Bolivar who donated the decals. The motto is being placed on patrol cars all across the nation. “With everything going on in the world right now, God is the only thing we can trust,” Sheriff Doolen said. Doolen said the phrase does not specify which God it is referring to and does not infringe on anyone’s rights.

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Booking Reports

Booking reports may now be found via the “corrections” drop-down menu or by clicking here.  A running monthly report, updated weekly, will be available for download or viewing within your browser.  A link to a free PDF reader has been provided.  This will serve to reduce the amount of clutter on the front page, reserving that for more important information.

The Website

Welcome,

The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office is located at 505 South Main Street in Bolivar, TN.  This website has been established in an effort to provide better service to the county.  Please check back regularly for updates and information.

DIAL 911 for all emergency calls.  To report a crime please contact Central Dispatch 24 hours a day at (731) 228-3000.  To submit information regarding ongoing non-emergency criminal activity please use the “Citizen Feedback” form located on the right of the page.

PHONE# (731) 228-3000

FAX# (731) 658-3803

BOOKING# (731) 228-3016