The Cookeville Police Department was created in 1912 to serve the citizens of the City of Cookeville. Since the first officer walked the beat, the City of Cookeville has grown in size to cover 35 miles. In addition to the 30,000 citizens that reside within the municipal limits, the Cookeville Police Department serves an additional 106,000 individuals that travel to the City for work, education, and entertainment each day.
The Cookeville Police Department has 74 sworn officers, 20 full time civilian employees, 14 part time civilian employees, 3 reserve officers, and one reserve civilian employee. The department is divided into two major bureaus: Uniform Services and Support Services. The Uniform Services Bureau is divided into two divisions – Patrol and Traffic. The Support Services Bureau also encompasses two divisions – Criminal Investigations and Administrative Services. Each of these divisions works together daily to reduce crime and serve the community.
The Cookeville Police Department is proud to be Internationally Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), and has been since 1998. The accreditation process requires agencies to meet state-of-the-art standards in four basic categories: administration, operations, policy and procedures, and support services.