Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero announces the new greenway patrol. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero announces the new greenway patrol. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

KNOXVILLE- Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero held a press conference on Third Creek Greenway in Tyson Park today to introduce the Knoxville Police Department’s Parks and Greenways Patrol Unit.

Chief David Rausch has assigned the unit of nine officers, led by Sgt. Sammy Shaffer, to patrol 128 park and greenway locations within city limits. Often patrolling on bicycle through the greenways, these officers are able to reach areas within the City park system that could not be reached by police vehicle.

“This is a proactive effort by Chief Rausch and his staff,” Rogero said. “This patrol unit ensures that with our 85-mile trail system and over 2,000 acres of park space, we have the ability to respond to emergencies even on remote trails.”

The Parks and Greenways Patrol Unit duties vary by site, but include enforcing park and greenway rules as well as City ordinances, assisting injured park users, responding to neighbor’s complaints, reporting safety issues for needed repairs, helping greenway users with information, and even removing graffiti with recycled paint.

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