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  Knoxville Gun Violence Problem Analysis
Click image to view the Knoxville Gun Violence Problem Analysis [PDF]
  In June 2016, City Council approved $199,979.47 in grant funding to provide summer programs and job opportunities to young people who are at risk for gun violence.

Thirteen local agencies received funds to engage young people ages 12-20 between June and September. This pilot program launched in response to immediate needs for creating safe, healthy, hopeful communities. The funds are a portion of the $1 million in emergency violence-interruption funding commitment made by Mayor Kincannon and City Council in February 2021.

Read about the pilot program in the SYOG Impact Report.pdf
Community Safety
LaKenya Middlebrook, Director
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The Office of Community Safety was created in August 2021 with Mayor Indya Kincannon appointing LaKenya Middlebrook as the City’s first-ever Director of Community Safety.

Middlebrook and her office leads violence interruption strategies, coordinates safety innovation and collaboration among City Departments, and enhances partnerships with on-the-ground people and organizations who are working to make Knoxville safer. 
As Community Safety Director, Middlebrook will have bi-weekly meetings with Mayor Kincannon and Chief Thomas, regularly scheduled meetings with the full cabinet, work closely with the City’s Community Empowerment Department and coordinate resources with others on the front lines working to keep our neighborhoods safe.


Local organizations working to interrupt violence in Knoxville are invited to apply for grant funding now available through the City of Knoxville Office of Community Safety.

Summer Opportunity Youth Programming Grants
(Deadline 4:30 p.m. on April 7, 2022)