Knox County
Sheriff's Office

Knox County
Sheriff's Office


KCSO helicopter parked on grass
KCSO Aviation officer watching helicopter above trees
Two KCSO helicopter flying
KCSO Aviation officer standing with Sheriff
KCSO Aviation officers standing next to helicopter in hangar
KCSO helicopter parked on grass
Our operators have gained experience through both civilian and military positions and training.
Air Support
The Knox County Sheriff's Office employs professional pilots to aid in field services. Eyes in the sky to assist with keeping Knox County safe.
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The Aviation unit assists patrol in all enforcements functions such as pursuits, officer safety, drug bust support, marijuana eradication, special operations and search and rescue. It provides services to any surrounding counties that request help.

The unit was formed in 1996 when the Sheriff’s Office procured surplus helicopters from the military. It now has a fleet of four OH-58+ and one UH-1H (Huey). It is strictly operated by drug seizures, fines and forfeitures at little cost to taxpayers.

The helicopters have been called to assist during national disasters such as flood ravaged North Carolina when Hurricane Floyd hit the state and during Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.

Contact the Aviation Unit

**If this is an emergency or if you are in need of police response, please call 911**

Sheriff Tom Spangler

Knox County Sheriff's Office

Knoxville, TN

Tom Spangler, Sheriff