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KPD News & Alerts Blog

The Knoxville Police Department (KPD) responds to a variety of events and calls for service each day. Check here for media releases and alerts. 

For any questions, please contact KPD's Public Information Officer Scott Erland at 865-215-7210 or [email protected].

Click here to view KPD's current calls for service (updated every two hours).

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The Knoxville Police Department Investigations Bureau recently underwent several structural changes in an effort to improve the Bureau’s collective response, effectiveness and efficiency, highlighted by the formation of the Homicide Unit.   The Homicide Unit, which officially went into effect on ... more» 
Posted by serland  On Mar 17, 2023 at 2:40 PM
The Knoxville Police Department has released the relevant police video footage from the February 5, 2023 arrest of 60-year-old Lisa Edwards, who later died at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, where the arrest originated.    The video can be accessed at the link below. The video includes body ... more» 
Posted by serland  On Feb 23, 2023 at 2:00 PM
An AMBER Alert has been requested for missing Holly Piper, age 16.  Holly was last seen at the Cookout on Cumberland Avenue at around 3 a.m. on February 19, 2023. She is believed to be with 18-year-old William “Dylan” Usry, who picked her up on February 19 in a white 1999 Dodge Caravan.  Usry ... more» 
Posted by serland  On Feb 22, 2023 at 5:34 PM
The Knoxville Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting that happened early Wednesday morning at a home on West Parkway.   At around 2:25 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, KPD officers responded to a home in the 1200 block of West Parkway. Responding officers found a man inside of ... more» 
Posted by serland  On Feb 22, 2023 at 3:46 PM
University of Tennessee law professor and former federal prosecutor Brooklyn Sawyers Belk has been appointed as the Knoxville Police Department’s first-ever Deputy Chief of Professional Standards.  In late 2022, Chief Noel initiated the process of creating the Deputy Chief of Professional Sta ... more» 
Posted by serland  On Feb 17, 2023 at 12:43 PM
57-year-old Joe Whitaker, of Knoxville, Tenn., has been charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, rape and other additional charges after Knoxville Police Department officers responded to a welfare check at a home on Bellevue Street early Friday morning.  Officers arrive ... more» 
Posted by serland  On Feb 17, 2023 at 8:44 AM
UPDATE (February 15, 2023, 10:45 a.m.): Torrance Jones, who was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants, including attempted second-degree murder from a shooting that happened on London Circle on January 22, was arrested in Detroit, Michigan. Jones will soon be extradited back to Knoxville.  ---- ... more» 
Posted by serland  On Feb 15, 2023 at 10:45 AM
UPDATE (February 7, 2023, 7:30 a.m.): Mark Venson, 56 of Knoxville, has been charged with second-degree murder in the deadly stabbing that happened on February 6 at the Vista Apartments. It is alleged that Venson stabbed the victim, a 47-year-old man, during a physical altercation. Venson was booked ... more» 
Posted by serland  On Feb 07, 2023 at 7:39 AM
The Knoxville Police Department is investigating two unrelated serious crashes that occurred last night, including one that proved to be fatal.   At around 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, officers responded to I-40 West near Cedar Bluff in regards to a multi-car crash with injuries.   ... more» 
Posted by serland  On Feb 02, 2023 at 11:05 AM
The Knoxville Police Department announced the promotion of four veteran officers during a promotional ceremony held on Friday afternoon. Captain Tony Willis, who has served with the KPD since January 1996, was selected for promotion to Deputy Chief, filling the vacancy with the pending departure ... more» 
Posted by serland  On Jan 27, 2023 at 4:36 PM
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