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Fairview city manager announces changes to police department

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The Fairview Police Department was shut down for 48 hours last week. (WSMV) The Fairview Police Department was shut down for 48 hours last week. (WSMV)
FAIRVIEW, TN (WSMV) -

In a rare move, the Fairview Police Department was shut down for two days last week.

Fairview City Manager Scott Collins spoke to Channel 4 about why this needed to happen and what he learned during the shutdown.

"It was pretty rare, I've never seen it," Collins said of the shutdown. "The duties of the police department are to serve the community. We lost sight of that, from what I can tell, several years ago."

During those 48 hours, Collins said he found issues with how evidence is being processed, staffing concerns and internal operation issues. But he said his biggest worry is training.

"The training program I can tell is either nonexistent or not taken seriously for the last several years, and that is something that will have to change and will change," the city manager said.

Channel 4 asked if the community has been at risk if these officers were not being trained.

"I don't want to say they were at risk. Being at risk is a bold statement. I didn't participate in that training so certainly I can't speak to that," Collins said.

Collins said the new training is something every officer, new or old, will have to take part in.

As for any more terminations, Collins said, "possibly, but I hope not."

Collins also hopes there will be no more shutdowns. Instead, he wants more training and changes in protocol.

"We are going to repair the police department, and that was one of many wake-up calls we are going to have," Collins said.

There will also be a new police chief in Fairview. Eight candidates are currently being interviewed for the position, including interim chief Scott Smith.

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