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Safer Holidays Task Force Results

Monday, 16 December 2013

The Safer Holidays Task Force is already seeing results.  The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Safer Holidays Task Force has arrested 206 since November 25th.

The task force program is a joint effort between the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the retail industry. It was created in 2011 by Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones. The program is a cooperative effort between law enforcement, prosecutors, and loss prevention professionals to combat retail theft, car burglaries, car thefts, forgery, fraud, and other criminal activities that occur during the holiday shopping season. Officers from patrol, detectives and schools make up the special force.  They are in marked and unmarked cars and are either in plain clothes or uniforms. 

Where they are patrolling and what times are not being divulged for safety and security reasons. The Sheriff’s Office has been working closely with retailers who say they welcome the extra security.  The KCSO and retailers also have an email system to share information and security.



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