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The Reserve Division of the Knox County Sheriff's Office is Recruiting New Officers!


Chief of the Reserve Unit, Fred Flenniken, tells KCSO Officer Sammy Sawyer what it takes to be a Reserve Officer.

Reserve Division Looking for Additional Officers

If you ever wanted to be in law enforcement, now is your chance without giving up your current career.  The Reserves Unit of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is looking for new officers to start in the next few months.  Applications are due May 31, 2016, interviews start on June 1, and training starts in mid-August.  You can download the application (application) and send it to:

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office

Reserve Division, Suite A
1000 North Central Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

If you have questions, please Call Chief Fred Flenniken at 865-215-5939/865-250-0217 or email

Eligibility Requirements

  • 21 years old
  • Bondable and eligible to carry a firearm in Tennessee
  • United States Citizen
  • High School diploma or GED
  • No felony charges
  • No convictions involving alcohol or drugs
  • Honorable discharge from the armed forces
  • Valid Tennessee driver’s license


  • Attend and pass a basic law enforcement academy which is comprised of two evenings a week, minimum 170 hours.
  • Attend and qualify in a firearms course (one 40 hour week).
  • Provide an authorized firearm for the firearms training.
  • Provide an authorized Class C uniform to wear during the academy training.
  • Provide an authorized Class A uniform and equipment for graduation and commission.


  • After graduating, monthly meetings and training sessions are in the evening on the first Tuesday of the month.
  • Must fulfill a monthly volunteer commitment of 16 hours.

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