Safety City Knoxville

Acting Police Chief

Mark Fortner
(865) 215-7000

800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915

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Officer Lori Banks

lbanks@knoxvilletn.gov
865- 215-7332

Safety City Knoxville
865-215-7103

Safety City is a Community Service Project of the Knoxville Police Department.

Safety CityThe objective of Safety City is to provide an early educational program for elementary school children (kindergarten-fourth grades). The program will teach children about vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle and fire safety. The skills taught at Safety City will empower youngsters with the ability to avoid needless accidents and instill good safety habits at an early age.

The concept of Safety City is one of providing "hands-on" safety education within a child-size setting complete with buildings, paved streets and sidewalks, working traffic signals and traffic signs. Students receive classroom instruction in basic pedestrian, vehicular, bicycle and fire safety. Then, students are able to practice and demonstrate their safety skills in participatory activities on the Safety City site. Participatory instruction can include pedestrian exercises, traffic activities through driving child-size vehicles and bicycle and fire skills.

Safety City KnoxvilleGoals of Safety City
  • To provide a creative and safe environment where elementary students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle safety.
  • To reduce injuries and deaths resulting from motor vehicular related crashes
  • To reduce injuries and deaths resulting from fire
  • To provide other personal safety education programs as they develop

During the school calendar year, second grade students attend Safety City as a school field trip.


Summer Hours

Safety City will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be closed on June 16 for training. On July 20 and 21 we will be open in the evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in addition to the normal 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Safety City ChristmasSafety City Christmas

In 2021 the Knoxville Police Department's Safety City rang in the Christmas season with its "A Safety City Christmas" for the first time in two years due to Covid-19.  For the first time Safety City conducted nine nights of "A Safety City Christmas" instead of one.  During those nine nights families were able to bring their own bicycles, push scooters, battery operated cars, doll buggies and the like to the display of Christmas lights around the miniature city. These special evenings even welcomed a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The dates for the 2022 A Safety City Christmas have not yet been set.