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Rutherford County
Sheriff's Office
940 New Salem Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 898-7720

Sheriff Robert F. Arnold

Sheriff Robert F. Arnold was elected Rutherford County Sheriff in August 2010 and became sheriff September 1, 2010.

“We are here to serve the citizens of Rutherford County to the best of our ability.”

Since being elected, Sheriff Arnold graduated from the National Sheriff’s Institute, Sam Houston State University's Correctional Management Large Jail Operations, various law enforcement leadership courses from the University of Tennessee and the University of Louisville and Leadership Rutherford. He serves as a board member of the National Sheriff’s Association.

Some of the programs implemented by Sheriff Arnold include:

  • The Garden of Hope Garden where inmates learn how to grow produce so they can learn skills to feed their families.
  • Senior Citizens Awareness Network where volunteers provide visits and services for senior citizens who live alone.
  • Active Crime Enforcement unit where deputies concentrate on high crime areas.
  • Traffic Unit whose deputies try to reduce the numbers of crashes through enforcement and prevention.
  • Criminal Intelligence and Analysis Unit to determine crime trends and prepare crime maps to reduce criminal activity.
  • Offender Watch Web site at to allow citizens to identify registered sex offenders and where they live. In this way, parents and neighbors will know if a sex offender lives in their area.
  • The Mobile App where citizens can use a free phone app to learn who has been arrested each day.
  • Shop with the Sheriff to provide Christmas for about 25 Rutherford County’s less fortunate children.
  • Halloween Trunk or Treat to give children a safe place to collect candy.

Sheriff Arnold joined the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a detention officer. He was promoted as a deputy on patrol before becoming a school resource officer. He was assigned to elementary, alternative and high schools.

He helped operate the SRO gang prevention unit and participated on the technology team, child abduction unit, Marine Patrol and the Teen Education and Alcohol Management team, a program to warn youths about alcohol use.