About the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department:
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 bomb.
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
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.