Sevierville Police Department

  • Agency: Sevierville Police Department
  • Address: 300 Gary R Wade Blvd, Sevierville, 37862 TN
  • Chief: Don R Myers (Chief of Police)

Sevierville Police Department is located at 300 Gary R Wade Blvd, Sevierville, 37862 TN. The Chief of Police of the department is Don R Myers. The Sevierville Police Department phone number is 865-453-5506.

Sevierville Police Department News

SPD Announces SAFE Campaign Participation The Sevierville Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its fifth annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins February 1, 2018, and concludes August 1, 2018. “In Tennessee, about 50% of traffic fatalities each year are unbelted,” said SPD Chief Don Myers. “This just isn’t acceptable. Please help save lives by ensuring that you, your children, family and friends use their seatbelts and child safety seats every time you travel.” 2018 will be the fifth year that the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign. Last year yielded the following results: • 1,480 child restraint violations • 16,571 seat belt citations • 835 other seat belt enforcement activities. “In 2016, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 88.95 percent,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Last year, the state’s usage rate decreased to 88.51 percent. Our goal this year is to achieve 100 percent seatbelt usage across Tennessee through the SAFE campaign and other occupant-protection initiatives.” In Tennessee, a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities tend to occur between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Historically, approximately fifty percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly sixty when nighttime crashes are examined. Therefore, participating agencies will focus special attention toward nighttime seatbelt enforcement during the SAFE campaign this year. For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

Public Works crews are beginning to treat neighborhood and tertiary roads

ROAD CONDITIONS Road crews were out overnight treating and scraping snow off of primary and secondary roads. Primary roads are in good condition. Most secondary roads are in good condition but slick spots are present in some areas. Many neighborhood and tertiary roads that have not been treated are slick and dangerous. Avoid travel if possible. If you do travel, be aware that subfreezing temperatures are forecast for the day which could result in wet roads becoming icy and slick. Road conditions can deteriorate in minutes.

Community Center Closing Early Tonight, Opening Late Tomorrow Due to weather considerations, the Sevierville Community Center will close at 6:00PM this evening and open tomorrow morning, January 17, at 8:00AM.

We're Getting Ready... Public Works crews are pretreating primary and secondary City roads today in anticipation of a snow event tomorrow. Information on our snow fighting plan, including a treatment map, is available here: http://seviervilletn.org/index.php/streets/214-snow-fighting-plan.html.

THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE IS SEEKING QUALIFIED WOMEN AND MEN FOR THE POSITION OF POLICE CHIEF For additional information, please visit http://seviervilletn.org/index.php/public-information/employment/28-job-opportunities/1972-police-chief.html.

SPD Chief Don Myers Announces Retirement City of Sevierville Police Department Chief Don Myers recently announced his retirement after working almost 40 years at the City. His last day of employment will be March 30, 2018. Chief Myers began working for the City’s Water Department in 1978 and moved to the Police Department in 1984 as a Patrol Officer. He moved up through the ranks at the department and was appointed Chief of Police in 2002. “Chief Myers has been an important part of the City’s backbone for years and one of the reasons for our success,” said Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley. Sevierville City Administrator Russell Treadway said he appreciates that Chief Myers has dedicated his entire career to public service and that “he is leaving the Police Department better-off than when he started.” Chief Myers was the department’s first accident reconstructionist and the first accreditation program manager. During his service as Police Chief, the department has continued to advance technologically, expanded the headquarters facility, increased the number of patrol officers, improved training and professional certification opportunities and continued popular community programs such as the Citizens Police Academy, Kids Camp and Community Policing. Chief Myers has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and a master’s degree in Public Administration and is also an adjunct instructor in Criminal Justice at Walters State Community College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a recipient of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police Excellence Award. Chief Myers has served on numerous boards and committees during his law enforcement career, including the E911 Board, Keep Sevier Beautiful Board and is a past president of the Sevierville Noonday Rotary Club.

Police Department Schedules Rape Aggression Defense Class The Sevierville Police Department has scheduled a 9-hour Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class for women on February 1, 8 and 15 from 6PM-9PM. Participants must attend all classes; no make-up classes will be available. The first class will be held at the Sevierville Police Department and the remaining two classes will be held at the Sevierville Civic Center. The class is free of charge and is open to all interested women (limited to 15 participants). The purpose of the class is to develop and enhance self-defense options, so they may become viable considerations to a woman if she is attacked. The class is limited to the first 15 women to register. To register or receive additional information, email scook@seviervilletn.org or call 865-868-1916. The R.A.D. class is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. system is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Frequently Asked Questions about the R.A.D. class: 1. Do you have to be in great shape to take the class? No! The class is designed everyone. We have even had an 80-year old take the class! 2. Can my daughter take the class with me? Yes; the minimum age is13 years old. 3. How much does it cost? The class is FREE. The Police Department wants to keep our citizens safe. 4. Will I get to fight anyone? On the last class, we have an instructor come in wearing a special protective suit so you can practice techniques. It is not required, but it provides you with good feedback. 5. Do I have to get in front of a class? No. After the instructor demonstrates the techniques, you will be placed into small groups of two or three people to practice. We encourage women to bring friends or family to practice the techniques. This class is designed to help women fight smarter not harder. Students will learn how to get out of bear hugs, choke holds and arm grabs. The class also covers how to get an attacker off of you, and how to punch and kick effectively.

Traffic Alert: Martin Luther King, Jr. March A march celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place in downtown area on Monday, January 15, 2018. Portions of the following roads will be temporarily closed beginning at approximately 10:00AM: • Court Avenue • Bruce Street. The march will leave the First Baptist Church parking lot at approximately 10:00AM and proceed on Court Avenue to Bruce Street, stopping at the Sevier County Courthouse and then return to the First Baptist Church. Motorists should consider avoiding this area from 9:45AM-12PM as delays may occur.

City of Sevierville Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Schedules Facility and service schedule changes for the City of Sevierville in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 15, 2018 are as follows: • The Community Center will be open normal operating hours. • The Sevierville Golf Club will be open normal operating hours. • Commercial dumpster collection scheduled for Monday, January 15 will be collected on Tuesday, January 16. • City Hall will be closed. • The Civic Center will be closed. • The Police Department records division will be closed. • Public Works Department administrative offices will be closed. • Sevierville Convention Center administrative offices will be closed. • Water and Sewer Department administrative offices will be closed. For emergency assistance, please call 865-453-5522. • The Monday, January 15 Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, January 22.

Road Conditions Update City roads are in good condition, but isolated slick spots are possible. Please drive slow and remain watchful.

Road Conditions Some city roads are currently slick, including Veterans Boulevard. Public Works crews are treating roads. Please drive carefully.

Two Revised Tennessee State Laws for Drivers The following revised Tennessee State laws take effect on January 1, 2018. With few exceptions (mainly for law enforcement and emergency vehicles), vehicles may display ONLY steady-burning white or amber lights to the front of the vehicle, except white or amber factory installed emergency flashers. No other steady-burning or flashing colored lights are allowed to be displayed to the front of the vehicle. In marked school zones when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation, drivers 18 years old and older are ONLY permitted to use hands-free cell phones. Drivers who are under the age of 18 are not permitted to use a cell phone in any manner. The law does allow an exception in the event of an emergency. A listing of revised laws effective January 1, 2018 is available at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislation/publications/01-01-2018%20effective.pdf.

Temporary Closure of Commerce Street Commerce Street in downtown Sevierville will be temporarily closed for approximately two-three weeks beginning Monday, January 1, 2018. The closure is necessary to allow for work on the Sevier County Courthouse clock tower. Additional temporary closures of Commerce Street are expected after this initial period, as needed to continue work on the project. These closures will be publicized when the dates are determined.

Shop With a Cop Was a Great Time!! We want to thank our wonderful community for your gracious contributions and support that made this a great time for the kids and officers. What an awesome bunch of kids! Special thanks to our partners: Sevierville Chik fil A, Sevierville McDonalds on Dolly Parton Parkway, Five Oaks Mall and Mixx 105.5 Radio. Merry Christmas to all from the SPD!!!

Detectives Request Assistance to Identify Felony Theft Suspects SPD Detectives are asking for help from the public two identify two men suspected of stealing over $5,000.00 worth of collectible coins at the Flea Traders on Winfield Dunn Parkway (Highway 66). The two men pictured below allegedly took an Anniversary Coin Set containing four gold coins and one silver dollar coin from a merchant at the flea market. Anyone with information as to the identities of either suspect is asked to please call Detective Preston Parrish at 865-868-1845. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Lots of bowling fun!

Shop With a Cop Is Underway! The kids gathered with officers at the Police Department for breakfast; thanks McDonald's on Dolly Parton Parkway for fueling-up our kids for a day of fun and shopping! Now it's on to the Sevierville Community Center for bowling!

PHONE SCAM ALERT The SPD has received several recent complaints of attempted phone scams. Some have involved the caller representing himself as a government employee who threatens arrest if the victim doesn’t obtain a gift card or other type of card loaded with money and provide the caller the card number and details. Residents should NEVER succumb to threats or give personal or credit card information to callers. USA.gov offers the following tips to avoid phone scams. • Register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. You may register online or by calling 1-888-382-1222. If you still receive telemarketing calls after registering, there’s a good chance that the calls are scams. • Be wary of callers claiming that you’ve won a prize or vacation package. • Hang up on suspicious phone calls. • Be cautious of caller ID. Scammers can change the phone number that shows up on your caller ID screen. This is called “spoofing.” • Research business opportunities, charities, or travel packages separately from the information the caller has provided. • Don’t give in to pressure to take immediate action. • Don’t say anything if a caller starts the call asking, “Can you hear me?” This is a common tactic for scammers to record you saying “yes.” Scammers record your “yes” response to use as proof that you agreed to a purchase or credit card charge. • Don’t provide your credit card number, bank account information, or other personal information to a caller. • Don’t send money if the caller tells you to wire money or pay with a prepaid debit card. Additional information on phone and other scams can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-urges-public-to-stay-alert-for-scam-phone-calls https://www.usa.gov/common-scams-frauds

SPD Officers Plan Annual Shop With a Cop Event for Local Children Sevierville Police Department SWAT and Community Resource officers have scheduled the annual Shop With a Cop event for Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Officers, with assistance from local school administrators and School Resource Officers, have selected a group of ten children to take shopping for Christmas presents, have lunch and spend time with SPD officers. These children would likely receive few, if any, Christmas presents without this program. SPD officers are asking for donations from the public to help pay for the shopping trip on December 19. A Shop With SWAT bank account has been established at Citizens National Bank (CNB) to receive donations. Residents may donate at any CNB in Sevier County. Any unused money that is collected will remain in the account to be used next Christmas. For additional information, please contact Community Resource Officer Michael Maddron at 865-868-1823. PHOTO: Kids and officers gather to go shopping in 2016.

TRAFFIC ALERT The new 4-way stop on Middle Creek Road at Ernest McMahan Road/Fox Meadows Boulevard is now operational. Contractors were able to install the stop bars today since weather conditions were better than expected.

New Four-Way Stop on Middle Creek Road Begins Thursday Please note: previous information released stated that the new four-way stop would be in effect beginning Wednesday, December 13. However, forecasted weather conditions make it more advantageous to install stop bars at the intersection Thursday morning. __________________________________________________ On Thursday, December 14, drivers passing through the Middle Creek Road/Ernest McMahan Road/Fox Meadows Blvd. intersection will stop and take notice-literally-of a new four-way stop. City staff have studied this intersection, looking for ways to make it more efficient and safe. A recent independent warrant analysis by our consultant traffic engineering firm recommended the best approach would be to install a four-way stop. Installation of traffic signals was also considered, however the analysis showed that traffic volumes were too low to justify that option. The four-way stop is expected to improve traffic flow and safety.

Meet Your New Officers Please welcome four new officers to our community. Pictured below along with Captain Matt Ayers are (left to right): Officer Amber Patrick, Officer Jarrett Hall, Officer Alex Valentine and Officer Whitney Walker. They graduated from the Walter's State Community College Law Enforcement Academy last week, where Officer Hall received the TN Association of Chiefs of Police Outstanding Officer Award. These officers will now enter a comprehensive field training program after which they will be assigned to a patrol shift for regular duty. We're very proud of them and are confident they will serve our community well.

Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Schedules 2017/2018 The following schedules will be in effect for City of Sevierville facilities and services during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays:  Residential curbside garbage collection scheduled for Tuesday, December 26 and Wednesday, December 27 will be collected one day later than scheduled. Collection scheduled for Thursday, December 28 and Friday, December 29 will occur as normally scheduled. Collection on each day will likely be earlier than normal, so customers must have their containers at curbside by 6AM on the day of collection. There will be no leaf or yard waste collection December 25-29.  Commercial garbage collection scheduled for Monday, December 25, will be collected on Tuesday, December 26. Commercial garbage collection scheduled for Monday, January 1 will be collected on Tuesday, January 2.  Sevierville City Hall will be closed Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26, and Monday, January 1.  Sevierville Police Department administrative and records offices will be closed Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26, and Monday, January 1.  Sevierville Water Systems offices will be closed Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26, and Monday, January 1. For emergency service, please call 453-5522.  The Sevierville Community Center will be closed on Sunday, December 24, Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1.  The Sevierville Civic Center administrative offices will be closed on Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26, and Monday, January 1.  The Sevierville Golf Club will be closed Monday, December 25.  The Sevierville Convention Center administrative offices will be closed Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26, and Monday, January 1.

Police Dispatcher Position Open Starting Salary: $31,578 Superior Fringe Benefits and Pension Plan Excellent Training Program An “Accredited Agency” Can You: · Treat all people in a professional manner? · Work effectively with groups and individuals? · Exercise good judgement under stress? · React quickly and calmly in emergency situations? The Basic Requirements: * Education - High school Graduate or GED, and the equivalent of 1 year of college or specialized vocational training in NCIC. * Citizenship U.S. Citizen * Age 18 * Other Excellent Moral Character Valid Driver’s License Duties and Responsibilities: This employee is responsible for emergency and non-emergency calls, dispatching appropriate services, maintaining emergency reference materials, maintaining records, and reporting. The employee receives somewhat general instructions for the work to be performed, but specific operating standards or procedures guide most aspects of the work. There are times when independent judgement is necessary. How To Apply: You can complete an online application. You may submit a resume to or pick up an application at the Sevierville Police Department, located at 300 Gary R. Wade Boulevard, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862, or have an application mailed to you by contacting Ms. Lou Webb at Lwebb@sevierville.org . You may fax your application to 865-453-5518. Your completed application or resume MUST be received no later than Friday, December 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the close of business. All applications will be held in records for a period of six months and will then be destroyed. To keep your application or resume on file with our department you must re-submit every six months. The City of Sevierville is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex or handicap in its programs or activities pursuant to Public Law 93-112 or 101-336. The City of Sevierville does not discriminate based on race, color or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d.) The City of Sevierville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.