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Better law enforcement crux of Jones’ Farragut visit

Increased crime prevention tips plus improved law enforcement surveillance and incident response time are anticipated within the Farragut-Concord area by early 2010.

Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones announced his office has hired a “crime analysis manager” who combines law enforcement experience and software expertise to utilize crime information data.

Better protection for the Farragut area is the anticipated result.

“We’ve never had anybody ever to do that before — to give us the hard, cold numbers to show us where we need calls for service ... we want to see where crimes are committed,” Jones said during an interview prior to meeting with Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill and other officials in Town Hall Thursday evening, Oct. 8.

“We have secured a person now who we feel like is very competent, has many years of experience in the zoning and the mapping. We’ve secured the software.

“The numbers have been there, but they’ve not been able to be compiled ... they couldn’t be pulled the way we can pull them now with the software and the things we have,” Jones added. “Sure, we could have had a person sit down and go through every report and try and classify them. But it’s so time consuming, and it’s such an expensive man-hours effort.

“Now we can do this at the stroke of a keyboard.”

Within the next “two or three months, we’re going to be able to talk about calls for service, what areas are in need of more police action, what areas may not need as much action as they have now,” Jones said.

With more than 30 years experience with Knoxville Police Department, half of that in “crime analysis” before retiring recently as a lieutenant, Bobby Hubbs is KCSO’s new “crime analysis manager.”

“He’s not only got the police experience, but the statistical experience also,” Jones said. “We feel, right around the first of the year, we’re going to have some real good, solid, true statistics to look at about calls for service and mapping and zoning areas for patrol.”

While benefiting all of Knox County, Hubbs’ new crime data also will help Farragut Neighborhood Watch leaders more accurately and swiftly alert their neighbors.

Specifically, to “be on the lookout” for suspected criminals and suspicious behavior, the Sheriff said.

Jones added KCSO will be able to alert watch leaders and homeowners association presidents almost instantly of crime patterns in their neighborhoods via e-mail.

Making up examples of information quickly passed on, “In the last week you’ve had four car break-ins in your neighborhood,” Jones said. “There’s been a description of a red pickup truck being driven by two white males.

“You can disseminate that information so rapidly.”

Concerning KCSO’s ability to enforce town ordinances, Jones said in order to catch violators “we want someone from the Town to go with us to explain the ordinance.”

Jones said KCSO recently teamed up with Town officials to disperse protesters in front of Willow Creek Golf Club because they violated the Town’s sign ordinance.

Farragut currently has four patrol zones within its immediate metropolitan area, but those zones — and KCSO patrols within those zones — are subject to change based on crime and violation statistics that would be uncovered through Hubbs’ efforts.

KCSO may not necessarily increase overall coverage in Farragut’s zones as opposed to shifting already existing patrol levels. “It may mean increasing, but probably at first moving some zones around,” the Sheriff said.

Jones said “traffic-related incidents” are especially prevalent in Farragut: “congestion, schools ... traffic problems with construction” that can strain KCSO manpower.

Saying he oversees “1,100 prisoners and 1,200 employees,” Jones added Farragut has “grown tremendously” since he was a KCSO patrolman in 1980.

“It’s amazing how we’ve been able to handle that [growth] with no more people than we have.”


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