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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. ArnoldSheriff Robert Arnold was elected Rutherford County Sheriff in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

He joined the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a correctional officer. He was promoted as a patrol deputy and a School Resource Officer. Sheriff Arnold was elected to Board of Directors of the National Sheriff’s Association in 2012.

Since being elected, Sheriff Arnold graduated from the National Sheriff’s Institute and from Sam Houston State University’s Correctional Management Large Jail Operations, (covering staffing, avoiding civil litigation and overall jail management). He graduated from the Leadership Rutherford class.

Sheriff Arnold implemented community-based programs such as the Senior Citizens Awareness Network where volunteers visit senior citizens to ensure they have sufficient food and a safe place to live. For children, Sheriff Arnold formed the Shop with the Sheriff event where officers raise funds and take about 25 less privileged children Christmas shopping. The Sheriff’s Office hosts the annual Halloween Trunk or Treat to give children a safe place to trick or treat.

He is committed to providing Rutherford County citizens with exceptional educational opportunities for better-trained deputies. Several supervisors received advanced training and college credits at the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Ky. A detective graduated from the first Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Academy. In addition, deputies in the Transport and Civil Warrants divisions have become certified law enforcement officers.

Sheriff Arnold has sought grants and outside funding for Sheriff’s Office programs, including:

• Obtaining funds for a new communications center through the Rutherford County Emergency Communications District.
• Working with the Mayor and County Commission to get the new building, saving taxpayers $8 million.
• Securing from federal funding a Bearcat vehicle for potentially dangerous calls.
• Partnering with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office to provide equipment and overtime for alcohol enforcement.
• Received state approval to train correctional officers in-house, saving overtime and transportation costs. Less than 5 percent of Tennessee counties earned this distinction.
• Cutting about $100,000 annually in Detention Center food costs by eliminating condiments, coffee, creamer and sugar. Saving food costs by directing kitchen trusties to bake bread, rather than buy bread.

He has created and expanded more specialized units such as the:

• Criminal Intelligence and Analysis Unit to mark trends, prepare crime maps and help reduce crime.
• Active Crime Enforcement Unit to concentrate more manpower in high crime areas.
• K-9 Unit to track missing children and adults and to locate fleeing suspects.
• Office of Information Technology to protect sensitive information at the Sheriff’s Office.
• Office of Professional Responsibility to provide a supervisor to investigate complaints.
• Reserve Officer Program to supplement the deputies’ manpower.

Sheriff Arnold has opened up the operations of the Sheriff’s Office to citizens by:

• Hosting annual open houses so citizens can view the Sheriff’s Office operations.
• Meeting with bonds representatives and wrecker drivers to hear their concerns.
• Launching the Mobile App so citizens may view inmates who have been arrested and their release.
• Communicating with citizens through social media such as Facebook.

In the Adult Detention Center, Sheriff Arnold:

• Organized the Garden of Hope where inmates grow produce used in the Detention Center kitchen. Inmates learn the skills of how to grow food to support their families in a partnership with MTSU’s Agribusiness Department. The garden is funded by donations and proceeds from recycling.
• Started an electrical class for inmates taught by the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. Inmates’ families pay the tuition costs.
• Endorsed the GED program resulting in more than 500 inmates earning the GED.
• Worked with the Dr. Dan Rudd and the medical staff to reduce the infection rate.
• Added a nurse station in booking to instantly identify health conditions early and treat aggressively chronic health problems.