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Child Safety

The two Tennessee-certified educators of the Child Safety Education Unit present safety programs to Knox County students in kindergarten and first through third grades. Currently, the safety training presented includes gun safety, school bus safety, seatbelt and booster safety, traffic and pedestrian safety, and bicycle safety.
Each year, educators instruct over 14,000 students at fifty Knox County Elementary schools. They are also certified child passenger safety technicians who assist at monthly car seat checkpoints.
For more information, contact Katy Davis at 215-5632 or e-mail

Life Skills

Life Skills is a highly effective evidence-based substance abuse program. Specially trained law enforcement officers serve as instructors to teach students how to make healthy choices, resolve conflicts, and take charge of their lives. This program is presented to both fifth and seventh grade students within the Knox County School system.
For more information, contact Sgt. Sheila Palmer Story at 215-5619 or email

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is a program that promotes proactive law enforcement by establishing an interactive crime prevention program between law enforcement and the neighborhood as a whole.
The program subscribes to the theory that if the neighborhood:
Implements techniques that decrease the chances of becoming a crime victim AND
works with law enforcement to reduce crime AND works together in small geographic areas by “watching out” for each other’s property, THEN citizens will actively participate in a reduction in the neighborhood's crime rate.
This proactive program is effective in reducing crime because it lowers the opportunity for crimes to take place, and it puts the “neighborly” spirit back into the community. In turn, this creates cohesion between neighbors that causes individuals to watch out for each other’s property and to recognize suspicious activities that might occur.
For more information, contact Katy Davis at 215-5632 or email

Project Lifesaver

Special Services

Project Lifesaver utilizes radio technology to assist rescue personnel in locating and returning wandering adults and children to their families before they fall victim to the elements, accidents, or predators. Originally developed to assist those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Project Lifesaver has also proven successful in assisting children diagnosed with autism or Down syndrome. Eligible for the program are Knox County residents who suffer from a mental disorder (i.e., Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome, or autism), have a propensity to wander, and reside with a caretaker.

For more information, contact Pam Fox at 215-5633 or email

Volunteer Services

The Knox County Sheriff's Office, under the direction of the Special Services Division, offers numerous opportunities for local residents to exercise their civic pride by becoming involved in community policing efforts. Volunteer programs include:
V.I.P. (Volunteers in Policing)
SCAN (Senior Citizens Awareness Network)
Chaplain Corps

V.I.P. (Volunteers in Policing)

The V.I.P. Program takes individual interest and aptitudes into consideration in placing volunteers within divisions of the Sheriff's Office.  Volunteers are assigned to work in the following divisions:
Court Services
Family Crisis
Support Services
Additionally, V.I.P.s are often scheduled to assist with special events.
For more information, contact Sgt. Glenwood White at 215-5633 or email glenwood.white

SCAN (Senior Citizens Awareness Network)

Special Services

These volunteers are the Sheriff's emissaries to the elderly and shut-in population of Knox County. They are trained to provide home visitations, security surveys, crime prevention counseling, and community agency referrals. SCAN cruisers and personnel are familiar and welcome additions to local neighborhoods.
For more information, contact Sgt. Glenwood White at 215-5444 or email

Chaplain Corps

Special Services

Local ministers from a wide variety of faith denominations volunteer for 24-hour “on call” shifts at least once monthly in order to serve the spiritual needs of both police officers and the general public. Chaplains' responsibilities include, for example, victim and witness assistance, death notifications, and grief counseling.

For further information or to obtain a Volunteer Services application, contact Chaplain Jerry Cox at 215-5627.

Crime Prevention in the Workplace Seminars

Certified officers provide crime prevention and emergency preparedness training for businesses in Knox County. The seminars help businesses create safer environments for employees. Topics covered include Armed Robbery Survival, Business Awareness for Homeland Security, Taking Crime Prevention to Work, Shoplifting and Fraud, and Counterfeit Monies.
For more information, contact Sgt. Sheila Palmer Story at 215-5619 or email

Worship Center Crime Prevention Seminars

Certified officers provide information to area worship centers to help them access the churches’ needs with regard to Vulnerabilities, Physical Security, Policies and Procedures, Crisis Response, Media Response, and Executive Protection. The seminar helps Knox County worship centers develop comprehensive crime prevention plans. 
For more information, contact Sgt. Sheila Palmer Story at 215-5619 or email

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