- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - A program to reduce crime in Johnson City has been so successful it is getting attention from officials in Knoxville.

The Johnson City Press reports (https://bit.ly/1H7Qy1I) Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch visited Johnson City recently to learn more about its Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project.

Rausch was joined by other police department employees as well as representatives from the mayor’s office and the University of Tennessee, which will serve as an evaluator for the program there.

“Johnson City is one of the models,” Rausch said Monday afternoon. “Based on that, we felt like it was important to come and take a look at how things are being done here. We’ve been very impressed with what we’ve seen here. We’re ready to take it back to Knoxville and build upon the successes that Johnson City has had.”

Rausch said he found out about Johnson City’s program from the state Office of Criminal Justice Programs.

“They told us to come and take a look to see how they’re doing it here,” Rausch said. “I’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen.”

Johnson City officials were happy to help.

“It’s encouraging to us,” to know the program is a model, Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois said. “…A lot of times we’ll go to Knoxville for some of their ideas. It’s a pleasure to host them for this.”

“We’ve learned a lot of information,” from the visit, Rauch said. “Our team will take this back and sit down and talk about how they’re doing it here. What I’ve been really impressed with is the collaboration of the various partners. That’s one of the things we really want to focus in on, that collaborative effort. The key, I think more than anything, is how we can learn from Johnson City to make our community safer as well.”


Information from: Johnson City Press, https://www.johnsoncitypress.com

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