Knoxville Police Department

  • Agency: Knoxville Police Department
  • Address: 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave, Knoxville, 37915 TN
  • Chief: David B Rausch (Chief of Police)

Knoxville Police Department is located at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave, Knoxville, 37915 TN. The Chief of Police of the department is David B Rausch. The Knoxville Police Department phone number is (865) 215-7000.

Knoxville Police Department News

Suspect Sentenced Today After Guilty Plea for Attempting to Engage In Sexual Acts with Teenager On May 10, 2016, at approximately 5:33 p.m., Wesley Aaron Arp was taken into custody for Solicitation of a Minor to Engage in Certain Sexual Conduct (Class E Felony) as a result of an investigation by the Knoxville Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). Arp, who had agreed to engage in sexual acts with a 14-year-old female, was taken into custody by ICAC with the assistance of the KPD Special Crimes Unit as well as the KPD Violence Reduction Team after Arp drove to meet the 14-year-old female. On June 23, 2017, the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office Child Abuse Unit successfully obtained a guilty plea from Arp in Knox County Division II Court. Today, the Honorable Judge Bob McGhee sentenced Arp to a two-year sentence. Arp will be required to register as a sex offender. SUSPECT: Wesley Aaron Arp Knoxville Address 26 years of age

Safe Bicycling Tip – Road Markings Green Lanes Color-coated bike lanes serve dual purposes; to help alert and remind drivers that bicyclists may be on the roadway and to clearly mark the safest bike paths through large intersections. Not all bike lanes will be green. Green lanes are reserved for intersections where there is a higher potential for conflict between cyclists and drivers. Shared Lanes “Sharrows” Sharrows are used by both bicycles and automobiles and assist bicyclists with lateral positioning in the lane in order to reduce the chance of impacting the open door of a parked vehicle and in lanes that are too narrow for a motor vehicle and a bicycle to travel side by side within the same traffic lane. They also alert motorists of the lateral location bicyclists are likely to occupy within the traveled way and encourage the safe passing of bicyclists by motorists. Bike Lanes are on-road lanes marked with paint dedicated to cycling and typically exclude all motorized traffic. Signed Bicycle Routes are suggested routes for bicyclists to get to a specific destination and are often utilized to direct bicyclists to less-congested roadways that may follow the same general corridor as more heavily traveled arterial highways. A network of such routes may be connected to provide bicyclists with a safe and appealing way to get around in the community.

Fun Fact Friday: #MoveOver Always Move-Over or Slow-Down as you approach stationary emergency or recovery vehicles upon the roadway, it could save a life! Help keep us safe, so we can keep you safe.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at approximately 9:05pm, KPD Officers responded to a two-car crash on I-40W between Cedar Bluff and I-140. Upon arrival it was determined that a 2014 Sprinter Van had struck the rear of a 1995 Freightliner truck that was functioning as a fully equipped "crash truck" that has lights, signs and an arrow board warning drivers to slow down and move over for the work ahead. The company was from Kentucky and contracted by TDOT to repaint lines on our area Interstates. Both drivers were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Sprinter van, who was from out of state, was cited for Careless Driving. Ahead of the "Crash Truck" was a crew of eight to ten men and four pieces of equipment to help paint the stripes; thankfully none of them were injured as a result of this crash. This incident is a sobering reminder to pay attention to work vehicles in or near the roadway with their lights flashing. Move-over and save a life, it's the law! #MoveOver

Knoxville Police Department Animal Control Officer Nick Powell responded recently to a call of an animal stuck in a dumpster at the E-911 Center on Bernard Avenue. When Officer Powell looked inside the dumpster he located two unusual companions - a kitten and a baby raccoon - cuddled in the corner keeping each other warm. Both animals were rescued by Animal Control Officer Powell. UPDATE: The raccoon was relocated and released. The kitten was transported to Young Williams Animal Center.

Members of our Motor Unit, the KPD Blue Hawks, had the opportunity to meet Dennis Haskins aka Mr. Belding from the 1989 to 1993 tv series "Saved By The Bell" at the UT/SC game Saturday. You never know who you'll run into in Knox-Vegas!

KPD Investigates Alma Avenue Shooting On October 12, 2017, at approximately 8:06 p.m., officers responded to the area of 4113 Alma Avenue to investigate a report of a shooting. Officers located a crime scene in front of the residence. Two female gunshot victims were transported by private vehicle to UT Medical Center for treatment of what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Investigators are following up on some leads developed in their on-going investigation. Victim 1: Eriasia Johnson DOB: 4-18-99 Knoxville address Victim 2: Ireland Curry DOB: 6-10-98 Knoxville address

Fun Fact Friday: When It's Raining- SlowDown! #SlowDownItsWet It's no secret that car crashes are more likely to occur when it's raining. The reason? Drivers often times don't slow down and exercise due caution based on the weather conditions around them. If we would follow one simple rule, the chance of a crash would be dramatically reduced. What's the magic rule you ask? SLOW DOWN! Most single car crashes in the rain occur on the interstates at high speeds. And most vehicles are traveling in the inside lane, also known as the "fast lane", water tends to puddle faster in this lane more than other lanes. Your chances of crashing in inclement weather are reduced when you: slow down allowing safe travel for weather conditions, stay out of the "fast lane", use your headlights and wipers, have good tread on your tires and reduce the amount of times you switch lanes, especially in heavy downpours. We've attached some Tweets sent out on rainy days from our Twitter account so you get the idea. Always remember: #SlowDownItsWet

Going to Boo at the Zoo this year at Zoo Knoxville? Stop by and see members of our Safety Education Unit at our "Hall of Justice".

Due To Facebook Technical Issues, This Post Was Inadvertently Lost Yesterday: This past Sunday night, a Good Samaritan called 911 because they were concerned about a male who was slumped over the wheel of his vehicle at a business on Western Avenue. Patrol Officers responded to conduct a welfare check, and the investigation quickly turned into more after the suspect's actions led them to believe criminal activity was afoot. KPD K-9 Loki responded to assist and gave a positive alert on the suspect's vehicle. A subsequent search revealed over $15,000.00 in cash hidden in various locations within the vehicle, along with substances believed to be Heroin, Crack Cocaine, Powder Cocaine, Marijuana and Oxycodone. Along with digital scales, plastic baggies and other drug paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested on various charges, to include Sale and Delivery of multiple different scheduled narcotics. The drugs, money and vehicle were seized as evidence of drug sales. The suspect's name is not being released at this time due to an on-going investigation. Great work by our West District Officers and K-9 Loki!

Safe Bicycling Tip – Safe Passing October 12, 2017 During week two of our month-long focus on safe bicycling, we focus on safe passing and State laws currently in place that is designed to keep both motorists and bicyclists safe. TCA 55-8-175 - Riding on Roadways and Bike Paths (a) (1) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except under any of the following situations: (A) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction; (B) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway; or (C) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge. For purposes of this section, "substandard width lane" means a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane. (2) This subsection (a) does not apply to a certified police cyclist engaged in the lawful performance of duty relating to traffic control. (b) (1) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two (2) abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two (2) abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and, on a laned roadway, shall ride within a single lane. (2) Subdivision (b)(1) does not apply to a certified police cyclist engaged in the lawful performance of duty relating to traffic control or in pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law. (c) (1) This subsection (c) shall be known and may be cited as the "Jeff Roth and Brian Brown Bicycle Protection Act of 2007." (2) The operator of a motor vehicle, when overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on the roadway, shall leave a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three feet (3') and shall maintain the clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle. Please remember that for the month of October, both bicyclists and motorists are encouraged to report problematic locations in Knoxville where they have experienced safety issues. This may be motorists who are driving unsafely, bicyclists not riding legally, or engineering designs that are creating problems. Citizens are encouraged to email their complaints or concerns to kpdbikereport@knoxvilletn.gov. At the end of the month, these locations will be compiled and used to look at improvements and enforcements, for both motorists and bicyclists. As always, emergency situations should be reported to 911 immediately.

Due to Facebook technical problems yesterday, it appears this release disappeared from our timeline. We are reposting it today. Thank you!

This past Sunday night, a Good Samaritan called 911 because they were concerned about a male who was slumped over the wheel of his vehicle at a business on Western Avenue. Patrol Officers responded to conduct a welfare check, and the investigation quickly turned into more after the suspect's actions led them to believe criminal activity was afoot. KPD K-9 Loki responded to assist and gave a positive alert on the suspect's vehicle. A subsequent search revealed over $15,000.00 in cash hidden in various locations within the vehicle, along with substances believed to be Heroin, Crack Cocaine, Powder Cocaine, Marijuana and Oxycodone, along with digital scales, plastic baggies and other drug paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested on various charges, to include Sale and Delivery of multiple different scheduled narcotics. The drugs, money and vehicle were seized as evidence of drug sales. The suspect's name is not being released at this time due to an on-going investigation. Great work by our West District Officers and K-9 Loki!

Vehicle Vandalism - Two Suspects Detained On October 10, 2017, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Knoxville Police Department officers detained two juveniles on Kenyon Street in reference to multiple vandalisms involving BB guns. The 17-year-old male and 15-year-old male were in possession of a backpack that contained three BB guns along with a large quantity of BB’s. Both individuals were transported to the Safety Building where, after receiving permission from their parents, they were interviewed by investigators. Due to the on-going investigation and the age of the suspects, no additional information can be released at this time.

KPD Investigates Shooting On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the E-911 Center received a call from a resident in the 1600 hundred block of Peltier Road reporting a male had knocked on their door asking for help after he had been shot. When officers arrived on the scene they located the male lying outside the residence suffering from more than one gunshot wound. The victim was transported to UT Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival. According to the preliminary investigation, the victim had met with another individual just prior to when the shooting occurred. The victim fled on foot running down Peltier Road seeking assistance. The victim has been identified as: Abraham James Owens DOB: 5-13-82 Knoxville address If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Knoxville Police Department's crime information line at 865-215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous.

KPD East Echo Squad officers took up a donation this morning to buy breakfast from Panera for Jefferson City Police Department Sgt. Scott Winstead and his family while he’s in UT Medical Center recovering from a serious motor vehicle crash this weekend. While Officer Stephanie Wilson was ordering the food from the Panera on Cumberland Avenue, the manager overheard who the breakfast was for and donated the food to the family. Thank you, Panera for going above and beyond to help Sgt. Winstead and his family during this difficult time. #CommunityStrong

We had a special guest for our Evening Shift roll call today. Kent McCord, who starred as Officer Jim Reed on the Adam 12 TV Series (1968-1975) made a special appearance while he was in town for the FanBoy Expo. The Adam 12 TV Series was especially known for showing the true professionalism in Law Enforcement and Police Departments. We were excited to have him stop by and greet our Officers.

Fun Fact Friday: Did You Lock It? We hope so! #DidUlockIt Did you lock your car today? Did you remember to take everything of value with you? Car burglaries are all to common in the United States. Locally, car burglaries drive our property-crime numbers up, but with your help, we can lower those numbers back down. Please remember to always lock your car and take anything of value with you. Never leave wallets, purses, cell phones, laptops, tablets, or other valuable items in plain view. It is common for thieves to go from car to car checking door handles until they find that one unlocked car. Don't become a victim. Remember this phrase: #DidUlockIt

Safe Bicycling Tip – I Bike KNX App October 5, 2017 For the month of October, both bicyclists and motorists are encouraged to report problematic locations in Knoxville where they have experienced safety issues. This may be motorists who are driving unsafely, bicyclists not riding legally, or engineering designs that are creating problems. Citizens are encouraged to email their complaints or concerns to kpdbikereport@knoxvilletn.gov. At the end of the month, these locations will be compiled and used to look at improvements and enforcements, for both motorists and bicyclists. As always, emergency situations should be reported to 911 immediately. Bicyclists can also use the I Bike KNX smartphone app to record what routes they are using and to report problems with pavement, traffic signals, and crashes or near misses. You can find additional information and download the app via http://www.ibikeknx.com/cycleknox You can also view a map of some of the most popular routes used by app users. The I Bike KNX app data collection is used by local government agencies working to improve bicycle facilities and safety.

KPD Investigates Delaware Avenue Homicide; Suspect In Custody On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at approximately 11:50 p.m., officers responded to a stabbing call at 1324 Delaware Avenue. According to the investigation, a male suspect broke into the victim’s residence armed with a knife and demanded drugs from the resident. When the resident replied he did not have any drugs the suspect began stabbing the resident. The suspect then pointed the knife toward a female in the residence. The female told the suspect that she would tell him where the drugs were if he would leave her daddy alone. The suspect fled from the residence when he could not locate any drugs. The suspect was apprehended by officers as he was attempting to flee the scene. The victim was transported to UT Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. The female was not injured. The suspect, Kevin Scarbro, has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder and is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $1 million dollar bond. Suspect: Kevin Lewis Scarbro DOB: 4-2-97 Knoxville address The victim’s name will be released after notification to his next-of-kin has been completed.

Join Chief Rausch for a free cup of coffee at Chic-Fil-A in Fountain City until 9am. He's here to listen to your concerns & answer your questions.

34th Annual National Night Out- A Great Success A huge thank you to all those who participated in the 34th Annual National Night Out this evening. We had dozens of community groups who held awesome events where our Officers and City leaders could interact and congregate with one another. Events such as this show just how strong the bond is between the Knoxville community and the Knoxville Police Department. #CommunityStrong #KnoxNNO2017 #NationalNightOut

Knoxville Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop; Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch along with command staff members and officers will come together with community members in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The 2-hour event begins at 7 a.m. on 10/4/17 at Chick-fil-A in Ftn. City, 5100 N. Broadway. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in your neighborhood. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. “We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief David Rausch. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.” Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Knoxville Police Department Safe Bicycling Campaign The Knoxville Police Department recognizes the growing interest and benefits of bicycling in our city. Along with this comes the importance and need for safe bicycling and motorists’ attention to their fellow commuters on two wheels. The people riding bicycles are our neighbors, families, friends, and co-workers. Whether they are bicycling for fun, exercise, running errands, or going to work, the need for their safety remains paramount. People on bicycles and people driving cars are all responsible for ensuring lawful and safe traveling. Throughout the month of October, the Knoxville Police Department will be promoting a safe bicycling campaign by way of weekly social media messages to not only its officers but to those who bicycle and drive in our city. We start with a very dangerous activity that can have fatal results for people on bicycles; distracted driving. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving such as talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, or fiddling with the stereo and navigation system. Taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds while traveling at 55 mph is like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. In 2015, over 3,400 people were killed by distracted driving throughout the nation.

The members of the Knoxville Police Department continue to think about and pray for those who have been affected by the horrific event in Las Vegas Nevada. We stand in solidarity with all Americans as we grieve alongside the families, friends and colleagues of those who were killed. We wish a speedy recovery for those who were injured. And we wholeheartedly thank all of the brave first responders and civilians for their actions during a hectic and tragic event.