About the Anderson County Sheriff’s
The county spans 598 square miles and has
a population of 71,330. The median age of its residents is just shy of 40, and the median household income is $36,006. The
county is home to two planned communities - Norris, built in the Great Depression to house those working on Norris Dam, and
Oak Ridge, which mushroomed into existence during World War II as a secret city devoted to helping build the first atomic
Deputies assigned to the patrol section
respond to dispatched calls for service and also patrol the roads throughout the county. These Deputies provide security for
citizen's homes as well as enforcing traffic laws, providing escorts (such as funeral and oversized loads passing through
the county), and serving civil and criminal warrants.
The Sheriff's Department has implemented
a COP (Citizens on Patrol) program where a citizen is allowed to ride along with a deputy during his/her tour of duty. This
program is a unique way for citizens of Anderson County to gain perspective on what the Deputies actually do during a tour
of duty. Volunteers are not required to ride the full twelve (12) hour tour and may only ride once every thirty (30) days.
The detectives are responsible for
investigating major crimes that occur within Anderson County. this includes crimes against persons, and major property crimes.
Investigators also handle investigations concerning complaints against Sheriff's Department Personnel. The Criminal Investigation
Division is responsible for performing thorough background investigations on new potential employees.
The Criminal Investigation Division
handles the majority of child sexual assaults and child abuse cases in Anderson County. While Patrol is the backbone of the
Department, it is CID that takes up where Patrol leaves off. One isn't complete without the other. For either to be successful
at doing their jobs there must be a cooperative partnership. The patrol officer takes the initial report and the CID detective
does the follow-up.
CID, while not as visible to the public
as Patrol, plays a vital role in the success of the Department. The variety of units and experiences that make up CID add
considerable depth. These attributes help us to win and keep contract cities. CID has a role to play in community policing
as well. Problem solving isn't only a Patrol responsibility. CID detectives often see patterns in robberies, vice activities,
assaults and other crimes that can be positively impacted by working with citizens and patrol officers to find solutions.