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

KPD Seeks Public’s Assistance In Identifying Credit Union Robbery Suspect On Friday, April 13, 2018, at approximately 2:20 p.m., officers responded to a robbery at the Enrichment Credit Union at Kingston Pike and Cedar Bluff Road. The suspect entered the bank armed with a handgun and demanded money from a teller. The employee complied with the demands of the suspect. After receiving an undetermined amount of cash the suspect fled the credit union. The suspect is described as a white male in his 50’s and weighing about 170 pounds. He was wearing a green shirt and khaki pants. If you have information on this robbery or can identify this suspect, please call the Knoxville Police Department’s crime information line at 865-215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous. Anonymous tip can also be submitted on our Facebook page @KnoxvillePD

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch has officially submitted his application to be the next Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Chief Rausch has a combined twenty-nine years of government service and law enforcement experience, having served four years in the United States Army and twenty-five years at the Knoxville Police Department. The TBI director’s position provides a unique opportunity in which Chief Rausch believes he can make a positive impact on law enforcement throughout the state.

Sequoyah Elementary Students Donate Money, Books, and Stuffed Animals to Help Their Community This morning Sequoyah Elementary 4th grade students presented books, stuffed animals, crayons, and coloring books to the Knoxville Police Department’s Special Crimes Unit to help children who have had to seek help due to violence in their home. These gifts will allow the children an opportunity to play while their parent seeks assistance to escape their unsafe situation. In addition, the students raised and donated $700.00 to KPD’s Chaplain Corps. This money will also help those in our community who are suffering and have a tremendous need for assistance. KPD thanks all the students and staff for these precious gifts and for giving back to their community. Sequoyah Elementary Foundation Sequoyah Elementary Knox County Schools

UPDATE: KPD Seeks Witnesses to Fatal Motorcycle Crash; Victim Identified The investigation into the fatal motorcycle crash continues. Investigators are still seeking witnesses to the Saturday morning crash. If you witnessed the crash, please call the Knoxville Police Department's Traffic Services Unit at 865-215-8638. The victim has been identified as: Michael Lawson (Fatal - Motorcycle Operator) DOB: 6-15-70 Seymour, TN address Lawson was operating a 2004 Honda CBR. Vehicle #2 2014 Nissan Altima Driver: Amy Hill DOB: 9-16-89 Corryton, TN address Vehicle #3 2005 Honda Driver: Jamie Hutchinson DOB: 12-22-66 Sevierville, TN address

KPD Seeks Witnesses to Fatal Motorcycle Crash On Saturday, April 14, 2018, at approximately 11:23 a.m., Knoxville Police Department Officers responded to a traffic crash in the 6300 hundred block of Chapman Highway. At least 3 vehicles were involved in the accident. A motorcycle was northbound on Chapman Highway in the left lane when the motorcycle traveled into the southbound lanes. Once it crossed into the southbound lanes it struck another vehicle head on. The driver of the motorcycle sustained fatal injuries. Officers are currently investigating the cause of the accident. The name of the victim is being withheld until proper notifications can be made. Fatal Accident Investigators believe the crash may have been witnessed by additional motorists in the area at the time of the crash. If you witnessed the crash please call the Traffic Services Unit at 865-215-8638.

‪KPD is searching for a red Ford Explorer or Chevy Blazer that fled after crashing while pulling this boat on Western Avenue near Ball Camp Pike. If you witnessed the crash or have information on the suspect's vehicle, please call 911. ‬ UPDATE: Both the vehicle and driver were located at about 8 p.m., thank you all for sharing and providing information.

KPD Investigates Homicide; Suspect Charged On Friday, April 13, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers responded to a deceased body call at a residence located at 2309 Sevier Avenue. According to the resident, he returned home and discovered his roommate deceased. During the examination of the body by the medical examiner and KPD investigators, stab wounds were located on the victim. Evidence gathered on the scene led investigators to a possible suspect. The suspect, the victim's roommate, was located in the parking lot of a West Knoxville business by officers with the Knoxville Police Department's Violence Reduction Team. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. After being interviewed by investigators, the suspect was charged with one count of First Degree Murder and one count of Especially Aggravated Robbery. The suspect, Steven Simpson, is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $150,000 bond. Victim: William Innes DOB: 9-21-67 Knoxville address Suspect: Steven Simpson DOB: 10-9-73 Knoxville address

UPDATE: Martha Thompson, the missing Alzheimer’s patient from McCalla Avenue has been safely located by a citizen who saw our bulletin. She was located on Central Avenue and Officers have transported her home to be with her family. Thank you all so much for helping share the information, thus helping us locate her so fast.

*** Missing Alzheimer’s Patient *** Martha Thompson is an 87 year old black female who suffers from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She was last seen today at about 4:30 p.m. on McCalla Avenue in East Knoxville. She was wearing light colored blue jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt and white shoes. She has dark colored hair with a gray streak down the middle. She stands 5’7” tall and has a thin build. She is believed to be in the East Knoxville or downtown area on foot. Please call 911 if located. Update: She was safely located and has been returned home to her family.

Convicted Sex Offender Arrested Again For Probation Violation and Tampering with Evidence On May 3, 2016, at approximately 2:50 p.m., John Kevin Hicks was taken into custody for Solicitation of a Minor - Aggravated Statutory Rape (Class E Felony) after an investigation was conducted by the Knoxville Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). Hicks was arrested after driving to a location to engage in sexual acts with a fifteen-year-old (15) male. Hicks was arrested without incident by the ICAC Task Force investigators. On October 21, 2016, John Kevin Hicks pleaded guilty to Solicitation of a Minor - Aggravated Statutory Rape (Class E Felony) in Knox County Division I Court. The Honorable Judge Steven Sword sentenced Hicks to the maximum sentence that can be levied for this charge in addition to being placed on the Sex Offender Registry. Hicks was released and placed on probation while being monitored by the Tennessee Department of Corrections. As required, Hicks registered with the State of Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. On October 23, 2017, probation officers with the Tennessee Department of Corrections responded to Hicks' residence to conduct a probation check in compliance with the rules of his probation. While at the residence, the probation officers discovered that Hicks was in possession of an electronic tablet. While speaking with Hicks, he attempted to bend the tablet in half in an apparent attempt to destroy the device. On October 30, 2017, Hicks was taken into custody at his residence for Violation of Probation as well as Attempted Tampering with Evidence (Class D Felony). Earlier today, Friday, April 13, 2018, officers with the Tennessee Department of Corrections responded to Hicks’ residence to conduct a probation check in compliance with his probation rules. While at the residence, TDOC officers discovered that Hicks had removed a battery from a cellular telephone he was in possession of and then attempted to conceal the cellular telephone. KPD ICAC investigators then spoke with the Knox County District Attorney's Office Child Abuse Unit and secured two warrants for Hicks' arrest in relation to the incident that occurred this morning. This afternoon Hicks was taken into custody without incident by ICAC Investigators, TDOC Officers, and East District Patrol Officers. Hicks was arrested for Violation of Probation and Tampering with Evidence. Hicks is currently being held at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility with no bond. SUSPECT: John Kevin Hicks Knoxville Address 49-years of age Charges: Violation of Probation (No Bond) Tampering with Evidence ($20,000 bond)

KPD Honors Knox County E-911 During Telecommunicators Week It is true that officers have to make a lot of sacrifices for the job including working holidays, weekends, missing their children’s ballgames and family dinners. But, right beside them are our unsung heroes, our Telecommunicators. These hard-working men and women are the heart of public safety for Knoxville and Knox County. Just like us, they also work 24/7 answering 911 calls, dispatching officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, and emergency medical services. The dispatchers are our lifeline and we are grateful for their commitment and dedication to their job and to the safety of our officers and the public.

UPDATE: Officer Involved Hit and Run Crash On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Knoxville Police Department officers located the suspect wanted in connection to the hit & run crash involving a KPD motor officer. The suspect's vehicle was also recovered. The suspect was arrested on unrelated charges and transported to KPD Headquarters where she was interviewed by Investigator Jason Booker. At the conclusion of the interview, the suspect was charged in relation to the Hit & Run. Suspect: Ashley Hope Oxendine DOB: 1-9-95 Knoxville address Vehicle: Silver 2006 Dodge Stratus Charges: Reckless Driving Leaving the Scene of an Accident Driving on Suspended License Possession of Crack Cocaine Felony (Class B-Felony) Misdemeanor Simple Possession of Marijuana Open Container of Alcohol Oxendine is currently being processed into the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. KPD wants to thank the public for all the tips that lead to identifying the suspect.

Members of KPD SOS and KPD Training Academy participated in the Torch Run for the Special Olympics this morning held at Hardin Valley Academy. Leading the way was Athlete Jake Lyons and father KPD Officer & FOP President Keith Lyons. Good luck to all the athletes participating today!!

KPD Investigates Hit and Run Crash Involving Motor Officer On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at approximately 2:57 p.m., Knoxville Police Department Motor Officer Greg Womac was traveling on I-40 east on his KPD Harley Davidson when he took the Sutherland Avenue exit. Officer Womac came to a complete stop at the stop sign at the end of the exit. While waiting for traffic to clear the intersection a vehicle slammed into the rear of his motorcycle knocking it into the intersection. The vehicle fled the scene. According to a witness, it appears the suspect was driving a small late model silver or gray crossover SUV with a temporary tag on the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle should have damage to the front of the vehicle. The suspect's vehicle fled west on Sutherland Avenue after the crash. Officer Womac was transported to UT Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries. If you see a vehicle matching this description, please call 911 or the Knoxville Police Department's crime information line at 865-215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous. You can also submit tips on our Facebook page @KnoxvillePD

Officer Jay Williams Presented Purple Heart after Being Shot During January Traffic Stop Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch today awarded the Purple Heart to Knoxville Police Department Officer Jay Williams. Williams has been with KPD since November 2003. On January 11, 2018, Officer Williams attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle when the driver fired one time at Officer Williams. The suspect continued to flee until he lost control of his vehicle as it ran off the road on Washington Pike. After Officer Williams exited his vehicle the suspect fired again striking Williams once in the shoulder. The suspect was able to free his vehicle and continue to flee the scene. Williams was transported to UT Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. On January 13, 2018, the suspect was found hiding in an abandoned house in Blount County by members of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force. Officer Williams has returned to work full time.

Sgt. Sammy Shaffer Named Officer of the Year for Outstanding Service and Dedication to KPD and Citizens of Knoxville Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch today named Sgt. Sammy Shaffer the 2017 Officer of the Year. Sgt. Shaffer has been with KPD since October 2001. This marks Sgt. Shaffer’s second time being named Officer of the Year receiving the honor in 2005. There is hardly a unit or division in the department that Sgt. Shaffer does not touch in some way. His assigned duty as Special Services Supervisor includes coordinating the Neighborhood Bike Officers, is the point of contact for the City Parks and Knoxville Greenway Commission, is involved in the Safe Bicycling initiative, ensures the Skywatch and message boards are deployed and maintained, and is responsible for fleet management, inventory, and budget for KPD bicycles. In addition, Sgt. Shaffer is responsible for the transportation wagon training and budget as well as being tasked as the Marine Unit Commander and the Explorer Post Advisor. Sgt. Shaffer has also been dedicated in other areas of the department. He is a team member of the Explosive Ordinance Detail Unit (EOD) and is the Team Commander of the newly formed Unmanned Aircraft System Team. Sgt. Shaffer serves as the department’s Homeland Security Coordinator where he coordinates training, procedures, response, and activities pertaining to the prevention of, and protection from man-made, technological, and natural events. He is also an instructor to officers and citizens for the KPD Training Academy as well as the Liaison Officer to the Knox County Emergency Communications District (E911). Chief Rausch said, “It is an honor to present the Officer of the Year Award to Sgt. Shaffer. He exceeds the duty requirements expected of his position every day while delivering outstanding service and dedication to the department and the citizens of Knoxville. Thank you for your outstanding performance, commitment, and for a job well done.”

Lt. Vince Ayub Honored for Dedication and Contribution to Law Enforcement Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch today honored Knoxville Police Department Lieutenant Vince Ayub for his selfless dedication to the Knoxville Police Department and the law enforcement profession. Lt. Ayub has been with KPD since November 1986. Lt. Ayub began his career as a patrol officer. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1991 and Lieutenant in 2000. He currently supervises the Forensics Unit. But it was not until 2005 while on vacation in Scotland that Lt. Ayub would make a decision that would ultimately have one of the greatest impacts on his career with KPD. While listening to more than 10,000 bagpipers playing Amazing Grace while attempting to break a new Guinness Book world record, Lt. Ayub decided at that moment he wanted to learn to play the pipes. Immediately upon his return to Knoxville, Lt. Ayub taught himself to read music in just two weeks. He then sought help from the Knoxville Pipes and Drums where he began taking lessons to play the pipes. Chief Rausch said, “Since learning to play the bagpipes, Lt. Ayub’s drive, determination, and love of the music, has resulted in Vince becoming an integral addition to the police department. He performs with the department’s Honor Guard as they are called upon to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. He has performed for memorial services and funerals of officers throughout East Tennessee and has done so on his own time and expense.” Lt. Ayub did not stop with just learning how to play the pipes, but every nuance of how they worked. Due to his inquisitive drive and tenacity, Lt. Ayub is now sought after by other pipers when their bagpipes are in need of repair or refurbishment. Chief Rausch said, “Vince has taken that one decision he made in 2005 and turned it into his passion and it has been one the entire Knoxville Police Department is grateful for.”

Investigator Booker Named Recipient of Mike Waggoner Leadership Award for 2017 Knoxville Police Department Investigator Jason Booker was named the 2017 recipient of the Mike Waggoner Leadership Award. Investigator Booker has been with KPD since August 1998. Investigator Booker is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division where he serves as a Major Crimes Investigator. Consistently, Jason is sought after for advice by other investigators. When he is assigned to a case you know without a doubt that Jason will not leave any stone unturned in his search to find the suspects. Words used to describe Jason by his peers include Solid, Driven, Commitment, and Leader. Jason also cares about his community. When an officer from Texas was visiting critically ill children in East Tennessee while portraying Batman, Jason came to the rescue when the “Batmobile” broke down. Jason quickly helped to organize resources that allowed Batman to continue his trip across the Southeast visiting children stricken with cancer. Investigator Booker is the consummate investigator, citizen, and friend to all of his peers and this department is better prepared to meet the daily challenges due to his unwavering dedication.

Principal Secretary Named Employee of the Year For Her Dedication, Teamwork, and Performance Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch today named Janice Woodard the 2017 Employee of the Year for the Knoxville Police Department. Ms. Woodard has been with KPD since November 1998. In the middle of January 2017, Investigator Tom Thurman was advised by the Knox County District Attorney that a first-degree murder trial would be moving forward unexpectedly. The Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) was in a situation where they had to have eight interviews transcribed within a very short amount of time. Investigator Thurman sought the assistance of Principal Secretary Janice Woodard. Ms. Woodard took control of the audio tapes and completed transcriptions by working evenings and the weekend as she completed her regular duties daily. The tapes were completed, without mistakes, within the week. Due to Ms. Woodard’s work ethic and competency, the State of Tennessee was prepared to prosecute a murder defendant on the first day of the trial. The defendant was convicted of all charges including First Degree Murder. Chief Rausch said, “This is one example of Ms. Woodard’s work ethic, competency, and team attitude. She works diligently weekly to ensure that officers are prepared for prosecutions as she handles her other duties not only with the Victim Crimes Unit but all units within the Criminal Investigation Division.” “Ms. Woodard has worked under 4 separate Deputy Chiefs and several Captains during her tenure with KPD. She has long been considered the one constant that holds it all together,” Chief Rausch concluded.

Explorer Honored for Dedication, Dependability, and Service Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch today named Joseph Sheppard the 2017 Explorer of the Year for the Knoxville Police Department. Explorer Sheppard has been with the KPD Explorer Post since September 2015 when he began the Basic Explorer Academy. During his time in the program, Joseph’s hard work and dedication have allowed him the opportunity to advance through the ranks of the program. While in the Basic Explorer Academy, he was elected as his class president, serving well in that position. In less than a year of completing the basic training, he was promoted to the position of Squad Leader, where he is still assigned. He stepped into this leadership position without hesitation and has performed very well. He sets a good example for the other explorers, is punctual in his duties, is respectful and disciplined, and has never been counseled. Explorer Sheppard is pro-active and seeks out opportunities to not only increase his work and exposure to law enforcement but also to better the Explorer Unit. Explorer Sheppard is also a member of the Young Marines program where he was named the 2017 Young Marine of the Year for his Regiment. In 2017, Explorer Sheppard donated almost 280 hours to the Knoxville Police Department and the community. This does not count the time away from the department spent contacting and coordinating with the other members of the Explorer Unit. These hours are a result of working 56 of the 66 activities that the post participated in during 2017; the most of any explorer member. Chief Rausch said, “Thank you, Explorer Sheppard, for your outstanding performance and dedication to the department and the citizens of Knoxville.”

Knoxville Police Honor Animal Control Officers during National Animal Control Unit Appreciation Week The Knoxville Police Department’s Animal Control Unit currently staffs seven officers and one supervisor. The Animal Control Unit is responsible for responding to all calls for service involving domestic animals and livestock. They investigate animal cruelty, neglect complaints, and small and large-scale hoarding. They also pick up sick and injured wildlife within the city limits. Over the years, Animal Control Officers responded to unusual calls such as; a loose bobcat, various reptiles to include a boa snake, lizards, turkeys, peacocks, bats and other wildlife. They have also responded to calls involving livestock to include; horses, cattle, pigs, goats, and chickens. The unit is also responsible for inspecting all area pet shops, issuing permits for exhibitions involving animals, special animal permits, and permits for commercial and non-commercial kennel operations, and ordering and delivering city license tags. The unit also provides educational ride-alongs for U.T. Vet School students. Animal Control Officers training include; National Animal Care and Control Association Training, Animal Cruelty Investigation Training and In-Service. We appreciate the work all our Animal Control Officers do every day of the year. ACO Officers from left to right: Kevin Carlson, Roger Kelley, Brooklyn Mason, Supervisor Karen Pappas, Claudia Garcia Recendez, Rhonda Bender, Nicholas Powell, Keith Hogue

UPDATE: The traffic signals are now operational and all lanes of Middlebrook Pike and Sutherland Avenue have been reopened.

Traffic Alert: There is a major traffic problem at the intersection of Middlebrook Pk and Sutherland Ave. Last night a traffic crash completely knocked out the traffic signals at that intersection. There are no operational traffic signals. Both East and Westbound lanes are open, but the off-ramp to Sutherland Ave is closed. Traffic exiting I-40 East must turn right to take Westbound Middlebrook Pk. Traffic is able to turn right from Sutherland Ave to Eastbound Middlebrook Pk. Officers are on the scene but work on the lights will not begin until 9:00am. It is unknown how long the repairs are going to take.

We welcome all the visitors to Knoxville this weekend for the Rhythm n' Blooms Music Festival. We know you will enjoy your visit to our great city. To help keep you safe, please remember these three simple rules prior to parking and after parking your vehicle. BEFORE arriving at your parking destination, HIDE your belongings, preferably in the trunk. After you have parked, LOCK your car and TAKE your keys. Following these three simple steps will help keep your vehicle safe while you enjoy all the great music and food that Knoxville has to offer.