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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Interested in volunteering at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office? The KCSO has approximately 200 volunteers in the Corrections Division.  During the past year, volunteers contributed almost 4,000 hours of service.  This service encompasses church services, bible study, FOCUS classes, Life Recovery, and AA/NA classes (to name a few).

Volunteers make up the bulk of the teaching force for the inmate population in all KCSO Corrections Facilities, and the department has great working relationships with area churches and individuals within those churches. Each year, the KCSO works with the volunteers to put on an Angel Tree party for the families of incarcerated inmates and provide gifts for the children of those inmates.  On average, the department helps approximately 300 children of inmates by providing them with gifts that they would not ordinarily receive during Christmas.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact the Programs Division at (865) 281-6900.



Knox County Sheriff's Training Academy to Graduate 32 New Recruits

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy will graduate 32 recruits during a special ceremony on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Large Assembly Room of the City-County Building.  The keynote speaker is Gary R. Wade, former Chief Justice and now Vice President and Dean of Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law. 

Class 2017-1 went through 12 weeks of intense training at the residential academy to meet the criteria set by the Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission.  The class learned arrest procedures, the law, and developed expertise in firearms, driving, and defensive tactics.

Five of the recruits came from area agencies, including the Bean Station Police Department, University of Tennessee Police Department, Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, and Union County Sheriff’s Office. Outstanding recruits will be recognized for their achievements with the Physical Fitness Award, the Mark Currier Award for Courage, Academic Honors, Firearms Proficiency, and Overall Excellence.

The Training Academy was established in 1996 and has since graduated hundreds of recruits. 



KCSO Searching for Travelodge Armed Robbery Suspects

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is searching for two people who robbed an East Knox County business early Tuesday morning. According to the initial investigation, a black male entered the Travelodge, located at 7471 Crosswood Boulevard, around 12:33 this morning and asked about the price of a hotel room. The suspect brandished a firearm, pointed it at the clerk, and demanded cash from the register. He and at least one other unidentified suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction after receiving an undetermined amount of money.

The first suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20-30-years-old, 5'4"-5'6" with a small/slim build, and 165-175 pounds. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and brandished a handgun during the robbery.

Additional information will be released as it develops. Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO's Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.



Powell Man Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A Powell man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor was arrested today by the U.S. Marshals Service-led Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force. 58-year-old Richard Samuel DeBord was taken into custody without incident just after 12:30 p.m. The arrest came after DeBord was indicted by a Knox County Grand Jury following an investigation led by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Family Crisis and Cyber Investigations Unit.

DeBord is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $75,000 bond. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes a traffic offense, a weapons offense, and dangerous drugs.

The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, animal abuse, and cyber investigations. The unit may be reached at (865) 215-6820 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call (865) 215-2243 for assistance.



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