February 14, 2007 - Knoxville Mayor
Bill Haslam and Police Chief Sterling Owen named Officer Phil Jinks
the Officer of the Month for December. Officer Jinks has been with
the Knoxville Police Department since May 1999.
Chief Owen said that on December 18, 2006, Officer Jinks was off
duty and running personal errands before he was to report for duty.
During this time a local radio station released information concerning
a bank robbery that had occurred several blocks from Officer Jinks'
location. Upon hearing the broadcast, Officer Jinks contacted dispatch
to obtain additional information on the suspect along with any information
on a possible getaway vehicle. After receiving the information,
Officer Jinks continued with his personal business.
completing his errands, Officer Jinks made one final stop at a convenient
store. While entering the store he observed a limousine parked across
from his personal vehicle. A male matching the description of the
suspect exited the limo and entered the same store with Officer
Chief Owen said, "Officer Jinks continued with his purchase
and returned to his vehicle while maintaining an observation on
the suspect's actions and location. Once inside his personal vehicle,
he contacted dispatch and began to create a strategy to capture
During Officer Jinks' conversation with dispatch the suspect left
the store and entered the limo. Officer Jinks followed the vehicle
while constantly informing dispatch to their location. Several marked
cruisers from local, state and federal agencies conducted a felony
traffic stop on the limo on I-75 South in Loudon County. The suspect
was found to be in possession of the bank money as well as being
wanted on federal warrants. The suspect was taken into custody without
Chief Owen said, "Officer Jinks displayed excellent skills
by remaining calm and collective during this incident. His actions
demonstrate the Knoxville Police Department's commitment in training
officers to reach a professional level of excellence while both
on and off the job."
Mayor Haslam said, "We commend Officer Jinks on his dedication
to making this area safe for all visitors and residents of Knoxville."
Officer Jinks will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and
Chief along with a free dinner from Bayou Bay Seafood House.