Knoxville, Tennessee (WATE) — The Knoxville Police Department is reorganizing. The change was announced by Chief Paul Noel during a promotional ceremony held Monday night at the Civic Coliseum Auditorium.
According to KPD, the most significant changes are: Chuo-kuThis will increase the number of police stations from two to three. The Central District encompasses downtown Knoxville, the University of Tennessee campus area, and all of South Knoxville.
“This is not changing for the sake of change. There is real purpose and intent behind this,” said Chief Noel. “With the addition of District 3, our officers have reduced their focus, directed their efforts more narrowly, become more proactive, and engage directly with the community on a daily basis to reach out to each area of the community. We can solve certain public safety issues that affect the city.”
Another change is that some previously centralized units are now Divided into individual districts, including the Transportation Service Unit. This will also include Inspections and Community Outreach Units, expanding my role as Community Partnerships Officer. Community Partnership Officers are assigned to specific districts and help solve problems, address quality of life and facilitate community meetings.
“We want to empower district commanders and give them the resources they need to solve problems within their districts, and this change will make that easier,” said Noel. “Whether it’s a business facing ongoing problems, traffic complaints, or specific concerns from neighbors, our district commanders are committed to resolving issues as they arise. We will secure the necessary personnel for this.”
In addition, some members of the department were promoted to leadership positions, and others were transferred to new and different assignments.
“It was important to me to move existing command personnel to other missions as much as possible,” Noel said. “I wanted everyone to have a fresh start and give senior his leadership team the opportunity to diversify their experience. We can also strengthen the sector and make a positive impact.”
The Field Operations Department, formerly known as the Patrol Division, Deputy Chief Cindy GassShe was previously the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division. Captain Tony Willis, Sammy Shaffer When Nevin Long He will serve as district manager for the West, Central, and East districts.
“We are thrilled to welcome Nevin, Ryan, Sammy and Steve to our command team,” said Noel. They have proven to be fully committed to their mission and I am confident they will be of great value to my command staff.”
just got promoted Susan Coker Deputy Chief Take command of the investigative bureau. Deputy Secretary David Powell Heads the Administrative Services Bureau.
captain ryan morrow As Chief of Criminal Investigation, he oversees Violent Crime, Property Crime and Forensic Units.in the meantime captain john keely Serve as head of the special investigation team. In this role, Keeley will be in charge of the Organized Crime and Special Crimes Unit. He is also the statewide commander of the Internet Crime Against Children Commission.
Captain Brian Evans Become the Professional Development Captain and oversee recruitment activities for the Training Academy and departments. Captain Don Jones Become a Support Services Captain and oversee the majority of the professional support staff, fleet services, and numerous other units within the Administrative Services Bureau.
Mark Fortner Second in command to Chief Noel as assistant chief of the division, Captain Steve Still Remains Commander of the General Affairs Division.
“This has been underway since day one of my arrival here and I am excited to begin this reorganization with our Senior Leadership Team in place,” said Chief Noel. “These changes are intended to strengthen our operations, rethink how we deliver our services, and make our primary mission of reducing crime and solving neighborhood problems more effective. , was done very carefully.”
Command personnel will assume their new duties immediately after the induction ceremony, and newly promoted sergeants and lieutenants will assume their new roles and duties on October 23rd.
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