| FIELD OPERATIONS
Patrol Division Commander
Deputy Chief Gary Price
800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave
Knoxville, TN 37915
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The Patrol Division represents 71.47% of the work force for the
department. The Patrol Division consists of Two Patrol Districts
(East and West), the Traffic Services Section and the Special Operations
Section. Each District has a commander assigned who oversees its
eight Patrol Squads. The Traffic Services Section includes the Motorcycle
Unit, a Hit and Run Investigator and the School Crossing Guards.
The Special Operations Section is comprised of the Animal Control
Unit, Canine (K9) Unit, Explorer Unit, Field Training Officer Program,
Inspections Unit, Knoxville Community Development Corporation (KCDC)
Security Unit, Knoxville Public Safety Collaborative (KPSC), Reserve
Unit, Teleserve Section and the Critical Incident Response Teams
- Crisis Negotiations (Negotiators), Explosive Ordnance Disposal
(EOD) Mobile Field Force and the Special Operations Squad (SOS/SWAT).
The East District is headquartered at the Knoxville Center Mall.
Staff offices and a public meeting room provide a convenient location
for citizens to meet with officers to further enhance our community
The East District provides services for approximately 51.57 square
miles of the city. The district is generally bounded by Interstate
75/275 to the west, Midway Road to the east, south to Gov. John
Sevier Highway, and north to Emory Road. The East District consists
of a diverse population with clearly defined neighborhoods, businesses,
and interstate commerce. In 2006, East District Officers answered
178,351 calls for police service and performed enforcement duties
addressing crime, traffic, and public disorder issues. In an effort
to increase the safety of motorists on our roadways, officers in
the district made a total of 769 DUI arrests during 2006. In addition
officers worked diligently to ensure the safety of school age children
while issuing nearly 1600 citations within east district school
zones. The East District has been proactive in its attempt to enhance
the Knoxville Police Department's Community Policing Philosophy
through partnerships with a total of 24 schools and 61 neighborhood
watch groups and community organizations. East District officers
attended over 130 community meetings that were held during the year.
One example of the commitment to addressing concerns raised by citizens
at these meetings would be the 265 prostitution arrests that were
made in the district during 2006. In collaboration with the Tennessee
State Probation and Parole Office, East District Officers conducted
their annual "Youth Boot Camp" for "at-risk"
children from the Phillip Moore Outreach Center in East Knoxville.
This program provided officers an opportunity to lead and teach
the youth in the community on how to deal with common problems that
are plaguing our society. The officers were able to utilize this
program to continue to break down the barriers that exist between
police and the youth, who are the future of our community.
Additionally, East District Officers provided security and staffing
for numerous community activities, including the Tennessee Valley
Fair, Honda Hoot, KUUMBA Festival, Bag A Bargain, Dogwood Arts Festival,
Christmas in the Park, Hot Rod Show, University of Tennessee home
football games, Boomsday, Boo at the Zoo, and the Martin Luther
King Jr. Parade.
The East/Community Response Team (CRT) is a team of officers assigned
to directly address concerns and complaints from citizens and citizen
groups about crime and problems in their neighborhood. The CRT work
in cooperation with investigators from CID and OCU to assist in
follow- up in property crimes and drug complaints. The CRT is also
tasked with confronting street crimes such as street drug dealers,
gang activity and prostitution. During 2006, the East/CRT Team made
218 prostitution arrests, conducted 3 buy/bust operations, Seized
$40,272, recovered 38 guns, issued 20 search warrants, made 183
felony arrests, 61 misdemeanor arrests, and captured 2 federal fugitives.
The West District provides services for approximately 50.95 square
miles of the city. The district boundaries are generally west of
Interstate 75/275 and west of 11th Street to the Turkey Creek development
near Farragut. The area includes the University of Tennessee and
various business and residential developments. In 2006 the West
District officers answered approximately 115,757 calls for service
and performed enforcement duties addressing crime, traffic, and
public disorder issues. In an effort to increase the safety of motorists
on our roadways, officers in the West District made a total of 1005
DUI arrests and issued over 1600 citations to Commercial Vehicle
operators during 2006. In addition, officers worked diligently to
ensure the safety of school age children while issuing nearly 1300
traffic citations within West District school zones. During 2006
construction on Interstate 40 between Interstate 640 and Walker
Springs Road by year-end had been completed. West District officers
continued an active enforcement program called "Be Safe"
both during the construction and upon completion to re-enforce the
importance of safe driving. Officers issued over 4,500 citations
in this area in 2006.
In 2006 the West District combined the special teams assigned to
specifically address drugs, prostitution, and property crimes in
the district into one team to address all of these issues and named
the team the Community Response Team (CRT). The Community Response
Team was charged with addressing the serious issues facing neighborhoods
by partnering with the citizens in the neighborhoods to root out
those who chose to prey on the neighborhoods.
In 2006 the West CRT was responsible for clearing 74 property crimes
with 334 arrests and recovered $800.00 in cash and over $104,397.00
worth of property, including 9 vehicles that were reported stolen
and 18 firearms that were reported stolen. The team placed 98 prostitution
charges in 7 prostitution stings and completed 16 search warrants,
which added to the total of drugs and money seized by the team.
Over 307 grams of crack cocaine, 558 grams of powder cocaine, 1,616
grams of marijuana, 52 marijuana plants, 538 controlled prescription
pills, 14 grams of mushrooms, 1.4 grams of meth, and 10 doses of
LSD were confiscated by the team. They seized over $26,227.00 in
cash, 36 guns, and 7 vehicles while making over 600 arrests for
drug activity. Their efforts have certainly made a major impact
on the quality of life in the West District.