March 30, 2005 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen awarded the January Civilian of the
Month Award to John Venn. Venn is the supervisor for the Crime Analysis
Unit and has been with the department since May 1996. Venn is being
honored for serving as host to three students as part of a three-week
long law enforcement internship.
Owen said that after being contacted by Grace Christian Academy about
hosting the students, Venn took it upon himself to set up a schedule
that would allow them as much exposure to the Knoxville Police Department
and to law enforcement. John met with the students each morning and
took them to meet with their respective unit or person each day. Over
the three-week internship the students spent time with units throughout
the department including the Forensics Unit, the Criminal Investigations
Unit and the Patrol Unit.
Chief Owen said, "John personally went to great lengths to insure
the students the maximum exposure to the workings of the department."
John also met with the student's parents at a City Council meeting
where they were presented a certificate for recognition of their
Chief Owen said, "Two of the young men have already indicated
they have an interest in law enforcement and the department's cadet
program. We will continue to correspond with them as they near graduation."
Mayor Haslam said, "We thank John for taking the time to make
the students' visit extremely productive. Because of John's hands-on
involvement, the department and the city were presented in a very
John will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and Chief
along with a free dinner from Kingston Alley Grill.