Safety City Knoxville

Police Chief

Eve M. Thomas
(865) 215-7000

800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915

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Sergeant Tammy Mattina 

Officer Lori Banks
865- 215-7332

Safety City Knoxville

Safety City is a Community Service Project of the Knoxville Police Department.

Safety CityThe objective of Safety City is to provide an early educational program for elementary school children (kindergarten-fourth grades). The program will teach children about vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle and fire safety. The skills taught at Safety City will empower youngsters with the ability to avoid needless accidents and instill good safety habits at an early age.

The concept of Safety City is one of providing "hands-on" safety education within a child-size setting complete with buildings, paved streets and sidewalks, working traffic signals and traffic signs. Students receive classroom instruction in basic pedestrian, vehicular, bicycle and fire safety. Then, students are able to practice and demonstrate their safety skills in participatory activities on the Safety City site. Participatory instruction can include pedestrian exercises, traffic activities through driving child-size vehicles and bicycle and fire skills.

Safety CityGoals of Safety City
  • To provide a creative and safe environment where elementary students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle safety.
  • To reduce injuries and deaths resulting from motor vehicular related crashes
  • To reduce injuries and deaths resulting from fire
  • To provide other personal safety education programs as they develop

During the school calendar year, second grade students attend Safety City as a school field trip.
Safety City Summer Kick Off

On Saturday June 1, 2019, Safety City will be hosting the Safety City Summer Kick Off from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This unique event will not only lead into our open hours but will offer a fun learning experience.  Children will attend a short mandatory class on bicycle safety and helmet fitting before practicing their skills throughout Safety City.  The goal of the event is to educate children about bicycle safety and provide families with information about fun summer activities that are available in Knoxville.   The event is free to the public and everyone is welcome.  Children attending the Summer Kick Off must be accompanied by an adult and should bring a bicycle and a helmet.  The last class will start at 1:30 p.m.   

Summer Hours

From June 3 to July 11, 2019 Safety City will be open to the public ONLY on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. These special public hours/days will only be in effect thru the months of June and July. Safety City will be closed on July 4th. Families may bring their own bikes with helmets, battery-powered cars, non-motorized scooters (no skateboards), doll buggies or walking shoes to Safety City to have open riding and play. There are two playgrounds with picnic areas adjacent to Safety City: one toddler and one designed for children ages 5-9.

Safety City ChristmasSafety City Christmas

The Knoxville Police Department’s Safety City is ringing in the Christmas season with its first “A Safety City Christmas” on Dec. 7, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Families will be able to walk through the miniature city enjoying the decorated buildings. Children will have a blast playing games, making crafts, and rocking out to some wonderful holiday music. We have even gotten word that Santa will make a special appearance. This event is free to the public. Safety City will also be open during the month of December on the 10, 12, 17 and 19 for open ride from 5-8 p.m. along the Trail of Lights.