Metro Police Department fires decommissioned officer

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:27pm
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Jeffrey Poole 

The Metro Police Department announced Wednesday it has fired decommissioned officer Jeffrey Poole for alleged misconduct that resulted in his arrests on sex crimes and aggravated child abuse charges.

Poole was formally charged Dec. 7, 2011, with violating a number of police department regulations and policies, after having been the subject of criminal and administrative investigations. On May 18, 2010, he was decommissioned and ordered to stay away from police department facilities based on a Sex Crimes Unit investigation that alleged he sexually assaulted four women, three of them with prostitution histories, while on duty.

Poole was arrested on a 12-count grand jury indictment on Aug. 6, 2010. He was acquitted of sexual battery and official misconduct charges at a trial in November 2011. He is facing other trials as part of the sex crimes indictment.

On Nov. 11, 2011, Poole was arrested on a charge of aggravated child abuse after his 16-year-old son reported that Poole struck him in the head several times with a sports trophy during a heated argument inside the family’s Antioch home. That case is pending in the court system.

10 Comments on this post:

By: spooky24 on 1/12/12 at 4:36

If I have learned one thing over the years is to stay away from things like this. Police Departments in general-and metro Nashville in particular-clean up their own messes and don't need or want anyone else to offer opinion about how to do it.
Chief Anderson must be frustrated as this keeps happening.
Commander Alexander and the South Precinct do a great job and all the business owners know they can be counted on to respond in less than a minute.


By: Loner on 1/12/12 at 5:47

Don't they vet the applicants for Metro Police jobs? Or is the job so lousy that anyone who applies gets in? Or is this a case of meeting racial quotas, to satisfy the feds?

This loser cop ought to do a stretch in jail, he'd then be in with some of the fellows he helped to put behind bars...throw him in with the general population...they love ex-cops. He could then begin to understand what it's like to be a victim of sexual assault.

Seems like Metro cops are constantly running afoul of the law....when a fish rots, it starts at the head....your Chief of Police stinks.

By: Whentennesseepi... on 1/12/12 at 5:57

They do "vet" applicants but they don't look for the best candidates or even qualified one's. They only look for those that they think will pass the academy.

If they were to conduct true rigid psychological evaluations of each potential police candidate, it would cost a lot of money and would lengthen the time of the hiring process. But it would cut down on the numbers of criminal cops who fall thru the recruitment cracks and save the city LOTS of money in lawsuits later on down the road.

But this would also guarantee the police would most likely never be able to fill all their open vacancies. Something they can't even do now... let alone after we demand they actually start screening all applicants seriously, not just pretending they screen them...

By: govskeptic on 1/12/12 at 5:59

How many dollars in salary has Metro Taxpayers paid out since Aug. 2010
to this "character" waiting for this decision to come down? It is my believe
the Civil Service Commission/Council should require payment to those
suspended over criminal behavior be stopped immediately upon charge.
If later the accused is put back to work or found not to be guilty then provide
the back pay. Don't pay those that are found guilty or fired later. 17 months
of paid vacation in this case is outrageous!

By: waters on 1/12/12 at 7:55

When will Chief Anderson take a look at how these officers are being trained and educated???? When will Nashville citizens get so outraged that something is actually done to remove the incompetent and corrupt leadership within the police and District Attorney's office??
To see what other corrupt and incompetent police officers did to our friends - brutally attacking a decorated ARMY Combat Medic OIF Veteran and his girlfriend, a former Gibson Guitar staffer, google their website - JusticeForIsla.
You will be disgusted and outraged - the police and DA sent a SWAT Unit to brutally attack and arrest her based on a false police report that was never investigated based on an allegation that she made a phone call thanks to Mediator Diane Marshall. This is what the police and DA consider to be an excellent use of tax payer funds.
Way to go Torry Johnson, Steve Anderson and Dhana Jones.

By: Moonglow1 on 1/12/12 at 8:00

Moonglow1: Haslam busted up the teachers union to divert taxpayer money and give it to his friends who run for profit charter schools.

Instead, he should be focusing on the rising crime rate and in cleaning up the Metro police department.

Obviously something is very wrong: either the standards are so low anyone can get in to the police academy, the pay is low, or the management is poor.

We have a gang problem here and Metro cannot get a handle on it. Haslam's plan is to invade a drug prescription database (big bro get gov out of people's lives Republican). Right on!! New plan to combat the gangs. Haslam is a loser. And with cops like this one serving Metro the gangs will continue to proliferate.

By: Left-of-Local on 1/12/12 at 8:54

HA! Vet the applicants... That's HILARIOUS.

Evidently not.

Have you seen the way they conduct traffic stops and get themselves run over, etc?

By: Little Dummy on 1/12/12 at 10:13

Don't blame Chief Anderson. He hasn't been in office long enough to
get rid of all the misfits he inherited.

By: wasaw on 1/12/12 at 3:15

Let's don't give Anderson a pass, yet! He has been the second-in-command for the past ten years. He has been the legal counsel to the past four chiefs. When Serpas arrived, Anderson was his direct go-to man.

Anderson is a licensed lawyer and because of that, will be allowed much more free reign by the powers that be. But let's be fair, the Chief of Police has very little input input the hiring process. He has procedures and personnel in place to do the recruitment and back ground work.

All you Saturday quarterbacks, why don't you all get a meeting with Anderson and explain to him how you all look through your crystal balls and fortell the furture of potential police hires. I didn't know that Nashville had such greta foretellers of the future.

One of the reasons the departments has such a time finding good qualified candidates is that everyone in the city knows better how to police than the in-the-field officers. But you all know better know to run a business, manage a payroll, etc, etc.

By: jonw on 1/13/12 at 6:14

Moonglow 1, that was a bit of a stretch to link the Gov to a local problem. Wrong politics, eh?