Knox County Sheriff
Transportation Unit

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Transportation Unit is responsible for safely and securely transporting those in our custody.  The transportation division runs 7 days a week 24 hours a day.  They transport inmates to and from court, to medical appointments, pick up inmates from other county agencies and transport inmates to and from prison as well as assisting patrol with new transporting arrestees to the Roger D Wilson Detention Facility for process. 

Secured Areas

Even when traveling, those in custody need to be placed in an area that provides safety and security.

Skills & Experience

With the amount of traveling required, skill and experience to operate our vehicles is essential.  Officers work together to complete the travel, and find places to secure the vehicles and individuals in them.

Primary Responsibilities

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Court Transport

A large number of inmates have court cases throughout the week. This causes a need for multiple transportation officers to safely and securely move the inmates from location to location.
KCSO and KPD vehicles with emergency light activated parked alongside a road

Patrol Assistance

A major benefit from our Transportation Unit is assisting the Patrol Unit. Having Transportation take inmates in to the jail allows for Patrol to quickly get back out to their regular duties.
Unmarked KCSO long haul transport van

Long Haul Transportation

Very often inmates are needing to be transported long distances, even to other states. Transportation resolves this issue by having officers whose primary duty is to ensure inmates are safely transported these distances with all items needed and allowed.
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Medical Transportation

Many inmates have medical necessities requiring visits to medical institutions. Officers are assigned the responsibility of transporting the individuals to the locations where proper services can be rendered.
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Contact Transportation Director Captain Jeff Smith to find out more about the Transportation Unit

Sheriff Tom Spangler

Knox County Sheriff's Office

Knoxville, TN

Tom Spangler, Sheriff