Knox County
Sheriff's Office

Knox County
Sheriff's Office

Crisis Negotiations

Seeking to resolve conflicts through verbal communcation



The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team was established in 1996. The team operates in tandem with the SWAT Team.

                The Crisis Negotiation Team is charged with the successful resolution of critical incidents which include barricaded subjects, hostage situations, and suicidal persons. The team trains other Law Enforcement Personnel in first response tactics. The team has responded to numerous critical situations that have been brought to a successful conclusion.


What We do


Skills Developed

  • Verbal Communication

  • Hostage Negotiating

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Adaptability and Decisive Thinking



Contact the Negotiations unit

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**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