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  Knoxville Gun Violence Problem Analysis
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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. 
Middlebrook has standing bi-weekly meetings with Mayor Kincannon and Chief Paul Noel, regularly scheduled meetings with the full cabinet, works closely with the City’s Community Empowerment Department and coordinates 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.

Opportunity Youth Engagement Grant
Spring / Summer / Fall 2024

• Deadline at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
• Informational Zoom meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 at 12 p.m.

Youth Violence Prevention Week Micro-Grant
• Deadline at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024


2023 Spring Break & Summer Opportunity Youth Grants Impact Report [PDF]
Community Organizations throughout Knoxville that received the Spring Break or Summer Opportunity Youth Grants (SBOYG/ SOYG) created opportunities serving as a first line of defense for Knoxville’s Opportunity Youth, reminding communities that its Opportunity Youth —primarily Black, brown, and low-income children—deserve the opportunity to safely play and have fun alongside other children as a means of preventing violence.

2022 Youth Violence Prevention Week Grant Impact Report [PDF 
Awareness of youth violence is key so communities can better support young people throughout Knoxville, in turn helping them exist in healthy, thriving spaces to be the engaging, productive individuals we hope for them to be. It is critical for the City of Knoxville to make sure we are engaging our young people, listening to them, creating pathways for them to be involved, and elevating not only the issues that are important to them but also the experiences that are impacting them every day. It is also important that we work with community-based organizations that are on the ground working with young people and their families each day. These types of engagement are what make YVWP so critical to addressing violence in the City of Knoxville and beyond.