MNPD Security Guard Charged for Firearm Theft

A civilian MNPD security guard was charged with stealing a turned-in firearm.

A civilian security guard employed by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) at the headquarters has been charged with the theft of a firearm. The guard, identified as Justin Hawkins, 42, was accused of stealing a handgun that was surrendered by a citizen to the guard station.

Justin Hawkins, who has been an employee for seven years, initially contacted dispatch to request a Hermitage Precinct officer to collect two firearms that a citizen wished to turn in. When an officer arrived at the MNPD Headquarters the following morning, Hawkins handed over one handgun along with ammunition. Upon the officer’s inquiry about the second weapon, Hawkins retrieved it from his personal backpack.

Hawkins later admitted to placing the handgun in his backpack with the intent of keeping it for himself. Following his confession, he was charged with theft of a firearm. Hawkins is currently out on a $1,500 bond.

This incident brings to light the importance of integrity and trust within the roles that support law enforcement operations, even for civilian positions. The MNPD has not released further details regarding the case or any potential impact on Hawkins’ employment status following the charges.

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