Knox County partners with Abingdon for law enforcement

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has announced a law enforcement partnership with the City of Abingdon, according to a news release.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Knox County Board, and the City of Abingdon entered into an agreement for law enforcement services, making the Knox County Sheriff’s Office the primary law enforcement for the City of Abingdon.

Knox County Sheriff’s Department (knoxcountysheriffil.com)
Knox County Sheriff’s Department (knoxcountysheriffil.com)

The Sheriff’s Office will provide 24-hour, seven-days-per-week coverage within the city. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office will provide an investigator to investigate certain crimes that require specialized training.

It has been difficult for many small agencies to maintain law enforcement services which has caused many to contract with their local sheriff’s office. After thorough discussions it was decided contracting with the sheriff’s office was the best option to provide the needed services for their community.

The City of Abingdon still will maintain ownership of the current law enforcement building and keep it as an annex for the sheriff’s office. This will give residents a facility to meet face-to-face with sheriff’s deputies, the release says.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Knox County Board, and the City of Abingdon officials came to a mutual agreement to provide professional law enforcement services to Abingdon residents without incurring additional costs to the citizens of Knox County or the residents of Abingdon. As part of the agreement, the sheriff’s office will be required to hire four additional deputies and supply all the needed equipment to ensure that the existing patrol requirements of Knox County are covered in addition to newly required 24-hour, seven-days-per-week dedicated coverage for the City of Abingdon.

The agreement also includes funding for overtime, utilities, equipment, equipment maintenance and vehicles for the additional coverage requirements which overall is less than the City of Abingdon budgetary allotments. “The mayor and the City Council of Abingdon are dedicated to the community and want to provide its citizens the coverage they deserve,” the release says.

“Knox County Sheriff, Jack Harlan is dedicated to providing the 24-hour, 7 days-a-week police protection that the citizens of Abingdon deserve and will be working hard to ensure this transition is as smooth as possible,” the release says.

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