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Call KPD Non-Emergency Phone Number at 865-215-4010

When Should I Call the Non-Emergency Line?

Paul Noel
Knoxville Police Department Chief of Police

[email protected]
This email address is not monitored 24/7.

Please call 865-215-7000 or 911 for emergencies.

Knoxville Police Department Chief of PoliceCHIEF OF POLICE

During his 25-plus years with the New Orleans Police Department, Paul Noel has served as Deputy Superintendent, Chief of Detectives, Chief of Field Operations, as the Leader of the Sexual Assault Special Task Force, a Commander for the Criminal Investigation Division, and more.

Noel attended Loyola University New Orleans, where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He is an avid outdoorsman, and he and his wife are proud parents of 2 children.

His first day on the job was June 13, 2022.

Click here to view Paul Noel's bio.

Click here to view the April 28, 2022 news release of his selection as Police Chief.

Assistant Chief Mark FortnerASSISTANT CHIEF

Mark Fortner is the Knoxville Police Department’s Assistant Chief of Police.

Fortner works directly for the Chief of Police and is the KPD's second in command.

Chief Fortner has been with the KPD since 1993 and has served as a patrol officer, patrol sergeant, KCDC supervisor, patrol lieutenant, Central Business District Commander and Executive Officer to the Chief of Police.

Chief Fortner also served on the Special Operations Squad for over 25 years. Chief Fortner has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.

You can reach Assistant Chief Fortner at [email protected].

Click here to view the Dec. 7, 2021 news release announcing his appointment.


Chief Noel's Public Information Office is led by KPD Communications Manager Scott Erland.

You can reach Scott at [email protected].

Click here to learn more about the Public Information Office.