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Police Chief David B. Rausch
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800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave
Knoxville, TN 37915
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KPDDavid B. Rausch was sworn in as the 25th Chief of Police of Knoxville, Tennessee on March 25, 2011. The Knoxville Police Department (KPD) is an accredited 530 person department responsible for the protection and safety of the citizens and visitors to the city.

Prior to becoming Police Chief, Rausch served as Deputy Chief of Police assigned to the Patrol Division as the Patrol Commander for KPD. He has been a member of the Knoxville Police Department with a combined twenty-two years of law enforcement experience in Military and Civilian Law Enforcement and fourteen years in supervisory and command positions.

Police Chief David B. RauschEducation:

  • M.S. Administration of Justice, University of Louisville, 2001
  • B.A. Political Science, University of Louisville, 1986
  • Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, 2008
  • Senior Management Institute for Police, Police Executive Research Forum 2008
  • FBI National Academy, 218th Session, 2004
  • Southern Police Institute, 105th Session, Administrative Officers Course, 2001

    Work Experience:

  • KPD Deputy Chief of Police and Patrol Division Commander 2009-2011
  • KPD Captain and West District Patrol Commander 2006-2009
  • KPD Lieutenant and West District Patrol Commander 2005-2006
  • KPD Lieutenant and Central Business District Commander 2004-2005
  • KPD Field Lieutenant for West & East Districts 2002-2004
  • KPD Sergeant 1998-2002
  • KPD Special Operations Squad 1997-2007
  • KPD Police Officer 1993-1998

    Additional Experience:

  • Instructor, Law Enforcement Innovation Center / UT, 1995-Present
  • Adjunct Instructor, South College, 2007-Present
  • Adjunct Instructor, Bethel University Online, 2011
  • Special Events Safety Management 2002-Present

    Community Service:

    Volunteer Ministry Center, Board of Directors, 2006-Present, Volunteer Ministry Center, Executive Committee, 2008-Present, Volunteer Ministry Center, Board Chairman, 2011, Ending Chronic Homelessness Advisory Board, 2005-Present, and South College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, 2007-Present

    Professional Affiliations:

    Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates, Fraternal Order of Police, Southern States Police Benevolent Association, and International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association


    Partner in Success Award, Tennessee Valley Fair-2009, Partner In Success Award, TVA&I Fair-2005, Outstanding City of Knoxville Employee Finalist-2003, KPD Officer of the Month June-2001, Dean’s Scholar, University of Louisville-2001, KPD Officer of the Month May-1998, KPD Training Academy Leadership Award-1993, and Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Army Corrections NCO Course-1988.
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