Outgoing Knoxville Police Public Information Officer looks back

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Whenever WATE 6 On Your Side brings out viewers breaking news on crimes in the city, most often we get our information from Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Darrell DeBusk.

But after 18 years with KPD, DeBusk is leaving. DeBusk has been on call 24/7 for the past 18 years relaying information to local media, working so many crime scenes that it’s hard to keep count.

Now, DeBusk is beginning a new chapter in his life with a new job. However, he can’t say where.

“After 18 years with the Knoxville Police Department, I accepted a position with another agency. It was a tough decision to make but one that I felt was right, the time was right, it was a good decision for my career but also gives me an opportunity to work with citizens beyond Knoxville and Knox County,” said DeBusk.

He says he’s made a lot of memories in the last 18 years.

“There are some that will always leave a mark, both good stories and bad stories. Of course some of those I”ll never forget: obviously the church shooting, the Univitarian Church shooting, the Parkwest hospital shooting, the Central high school shooting, the Inskip school shooting, the fatality on I40 that cost 6 families members their lives …those are just some of the things that you never forget,” he said.

But as for the good memories.

“Our officers are doing a lot of great stuff every day helping citizens and it’s nice to be able to see that and of course the officers don’t want credit for it they’re just out there doing that work trying to make a difference and they are making a difference. That’s what I’m gonna miss-they’re a great family and they’ve been my family for 18 years and that’s gonna be tough,” DeBusk said.

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