Friendsville officials seek more law enforcement help

Friendsville officials seek more law enforcement help

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"In my opinion, I think there is enough to have maybe one full-time officer," said Friendsville resident Logan Rogers. "In my opinion, I think there is enough to have maybe one full-time officer," said Friendsville resident Logan Rogers.
"The citizens have requested a police service here, and we are here to provide service the citizens feel they need," said Friendsville Mayor Ann Edmonds. "The citizens have requested a police service here, and we are here to provide service the citizens feel they need," said Friendsville Mayor Ann Edmonds.
The issue was discussed at Tuesday's city council meeting. The issue was discussed at Tuesday's city council meeting.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

FRIENDSVILLE (WATE) - Residents of Friendsville say they need more police protection. They have no full-time law enforcement officers right now and city leaders are requesting help.

The issue was discussed at Tuesday's city council meeting.

People who live in Friendsville say crime is increasing.

"In my opinion, I think there is enough to have maybe one full-time officer," said Friendsville resident Logan Rogers.

Claudia Hackler agrees there is a need for more law enforcement.

"Home burglaries that we've had, and the time it takes to have an officer to respond to those burglaries," Hacker said. 

Hackler says she has lived in Friendsville for eight years. She says her home was broken into in 2010 and the response time was ridiculous.

"About an hour," said Hackler. "They were tied up; that's what dispatch had told us."

Friendsville's mayor has heard the concerns.

"The citizens have requested a police service here, and we are here to provide service the citizens feel they need," said Friendsville Mayor Ann Edmonds.

A representative from the Blount County Sheriff's Office discussed providing the city with a full-time deputy. The city will have to pay for the deputy's salary and other expenses.

"We will review the proposal and probably have discussion," explained Edmond.

Sheriff officials say they will have a proposal ready in the next couple of weeks.

People who live here hope something is done soon.

"Being a citizen here all my life, it just gives a little bit of reassurance," said Rogers. "Every time I go to bed at night it gives me a little reassurance that you are being watched over. "     

If the proposal is accepted, it won't be the first time a deputy has been assigned to Friendsville. Several years ago the county did the same thing. The mayor was unsure why that was stopped.

Friendsville will be the only city in the county to have such an arraignment.

The Friendsville police department was shutdown nearly a decade ago.

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