Smyrna PD Spotlights Violence Against Children and Youth


The Smyrna Police Department is honored to work with the Child Advocacy Center and our other social agency partners in the 19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of Violence Against Children and Youth. Some of the programs that the Smyrna Police Department participates in is the Darkness to Light Training. Community Services Coordinator Shirley Key has the certification to teach and train adults on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This program is designed for individuals concerned about the safety of children as well as organizations that serve youth. If your church, activity club, or other organization would like to receive this training you may contact Mrs. Key at [email protected] or (615) 459-6644.

The Smyrna Police Department is dedicated to the safety and well-being of all children that we come in contact with.

  1. Each report of domestic violence that occurs in Smyrna is followed up by either a detective or the Community Services Coordinator to insure that the victim is aware of the available resources that they might need to insure their safety and the safety of their children.
  2. The Smyrna Police Department has the practice that refers all families involved in domestic violence or child abuse cases to local agencies such as the Child Advocacy Center, The Family Center, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Service (TDCS), and the Domestic Violence Program. These agencies provide very important training and counseling to those families in need.
  3. Each time an officer responds to a home where children are exposed to domestic violence, it is the practice of the Smyrna Police Department to make a report to TDCS.
  4. CSC Shirley Key, Detective Kevin Krieb, and Detective Toni Harris conduct monthly trainings with daycare and preschool teachers that instruct them on how to respond and report suspicions of abuse to the TDCS and law enforcement.

The Smyrna Police Department is very proud of the women and men who make up this department and their commitment to our children. If anyone has any questions or concerns you may contact Chief Kevin Arnold by e-mail or call him at (615) 459-6644.

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