Two ex-Knoxville police chiefs tapped for presidential panel


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr has tapped two former Knoxville police chiefs to join a new presidential panel on law enforcement.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release Wednesday, David Rausch and Phil Keith will be on the 18-member Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.

Phil Keith will serve as the commission chairman. Keith served as Knoxville Police Chief from 1988 to 2004 and was named U.S. Justice Department Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in 2018.

Knoxville Police Chief Phil Keith. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002. (AP Photo/Toyokazu Kosugi)

Rausch is the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and served as Knoxville Police Chief from 2011 to 2018.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch speaks at a news conference at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Monday, April 29, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

President Donald Trump signed an executive order in October authorizing the commission, which will hold hearings, panel presentations, field visits, and other public meetings.

The panel will look into a variety of issues, including mental illness, homelessness and substance abuse; recruitment, hiring training and retention of officers; refusals by state and local prosecutors to enforce laws or prosecute certain crimes; promotion of public confidence and respect for officers and the law; and technological innovations.

The commission will meet monthly for the next year and report findings that will be submitted to Trump.

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