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New Johnsonville Police Department

         The New Johnsonville Police Department serves a population of approximately 2,000 citizens. The Department is staffed by a Chief, Captain, and (3) full-time patrol officers. The department provides a full spectrum of services including, but not limited to, patrol, property and narcotic investigations, traffic enforcement, and crime prevention services. 

         Each officer meets or exceeds the State of Tennessee P.O.S.T  certification requirement by receiving a minimum of 40 hours of in-service training each year. Quality training and education is a top priority for the New Johnsonville Police Department. Continuing training and educations ensures each officers maintains knowledge of changes in laws, police procedures, and new law enforcement techniques. Each officer has completed a certified Basic Police Academy, specialized schools on a variety of topics including traffic accident investigation, criminal investigations, patrol drug interdiction, DUI enforcement, and child sexual abuse investigations.

          The New Johnsonville Police Department is committed to providing quality service to our citizens. We want to provide a safe community for individuals to live and grow. 

Wesley Hagler, Chief

Currently Chief of Police of the New Johnsonville Police Department, He began his career in Law Enforcement in 2001 at the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer. In 2002 He started working at the Waverly Police Department as a Patrol Officer. He entered the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy class 1051 and completed the training class in October of 2002. While working at Waverly police Department he was afforded many additional training opportunities, Traffic Crash Investigations, Interview Techniques, he was a member of the Waverly S.R.T as well. The Waverly Police Department absorbed the duties of the Waverly Fire Department, and became a Department of Public Safety, with dual roles as Police Officers, and Fire Fighters. After the Transition, he attended the Tennessee Fire Academy to obtain Fire certifications as well. His job Duties while working at the Waverly Police Department consisted of Patrol Detail, and Fire Fighter.


  In 2006 He went to work at the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office as a Detective with a primary focus on Drug Investigations. The Waverly Police Department and the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office created and combined Narcotics Investigation Unit, and He was assigned there. While working in the Narcotics Unit, he investigated multiple drug cases from the local, state, and federal level. He was assigned to the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force for a period and continued to investigate the drug issues that affected our community, and our judicial district.


  In 2021 He accepted a position at the New Johnsonville Police Department as Captain. In August of 2023, the current Chief of Police retired, and Wesley was appointed as Chief of Police of the New Johnsonville Police Department. Throughout his career as a public servant, He has had many opportunities to continue his training and education in Law Enforcement. He has attended Basic, and advanced levels of Criminal Investigations, Basic, and Advanced levels of Narcotics Investigations, Tactics for Criminal Patrol, Special Weapons and Tactics, along with multiple other training certifications.



R. Jay Phelps, Captain

Captain RJay Phelps began his career in Kentucky in 2005 as a Police Officer. He left Kentucky in 2011 and continued his career with the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office in Waverly, Tennessee.

Captain Phelps worked his way from Patrolman to Lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office until he resigned and started working for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in February 2023.

During his time with Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office, Phelps served as a Patrol Officer, FTO, Sgt, Detective and Lieutenant.

In August of 2023, he accepted his current position as a Captain with the New Johnsonville Police Department.

Captain Phelps has earned a Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Leadership and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, Session #278. 


Joseph Bailey, Patrolman

Officer Joe Bailey began his career in Houston County in 2012 as a Correctional Officer. He

held the position of Shift Supervisor and Field Training Officer.

In 2015 he went to the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy where he earned the

Casey-Fowler-Williamson Leadership award given to only one graduate per class.

From 2016-2021 he worked in both Stewart County and Humphreys County as a Sheriff's Deputy

earning several awards.

In July of 2021 He accepted a position as a Police Officer here in New Johnsonville.

Patrolman Bailey is an accomplished Military and Law Enforcement professional with a

proven history of achievement in both fields.

Patrolman Bailey has worked on his Criminal Justice Degree through Tidewater Community College in Virginia and Hopkinsville Community College in Kentucky for a Criminal Justice degree.

Adam Curtis, Patrolman

Officer Adam Curtis began his career in 2014 as a Reserve Officer with the White Bluff Police Department. Later on that year he attended the East Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement training academy located at the Walters State Community College in Greeneville, Tennessee.


In the years 2015 thru 2017, Curtis worked full time for the Houston County Sheriff's Office and White Bluff Police Department as a Patrol Officer.


In February 2018, he started working for the Hickman County Sheriff's Office as a Patrol Deputy assigned to night shift.. In March 2019, Curtis was promoted to the night shift Corporal and later Field Training Officer, to which he served until June 2022.


In June of 2022, he accepted his current position as a Patrolman with the New Johnsonville Police Department.

David Simpson, Patrolman

Officer David Simpson began his career in New Johnsonville in 2023 as a patrolman. Prior to his employment Officer Simpson served in the United States Marine Corps from June 2018 through June 2022 as a 0481 Landing Support Specialist. Officer Simpson was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, North Carolina during his enlistment and held numerous leadership roles prior to his arrival here in New Johnsonville.


The Police Department location is 528 Broadway Ave, New Johnsonville, TN  37134.  Mailing address will still be 323 Long Street, New Johnsonville, TN  37134.  Phone number is (931) 535-2700.
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