School Resource Officer:
For many years we had little knowledge of what was going on in our schools and had no connection to them. There were problems of school violence that needed to be addressed and it was incumbent on law enforcement to provide some type of security, but not a security officer.
Providing a School Resource Officer in our schools to serve as a liaison with the school and school system has provided an answer to this problem. Officer Jason Baiamonte works at the Pigeon Forge High School. Officer Dennis Sutton works at Pigeon Forge Middle School. They are responsible for the protection of the children and employees at these two schools, teaching classes on various topics, making arrests for violations of the law, and assisting staff with disciplinary problems. Officers work special events and provide a presence at the schools. Before the School Resource Officer program was implemented in the schools, the department had little knowledge as to what was happening there. Now we do.
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and was first presented by the Pigeon Forge Police Department in the Middle School in 1992. Officer Dennis Sutton currently serves as our D.A.R.E. Officer. The D.A.R.E. Program targets children before they are most likely to be confronted by their peers with an offer to use substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and other types of drugs. Preventing adolescent drug use and eliminating the demand of these drugs is the goal of the D.A.R.E. Program. The objectives of the D.A.R.E. include:
Equipping students with the skills for recognizing and resisting social pressures to experiment with drugs
- To help students understand and develop their self-esteem
- To teach positive alternatives to drug use
- To develop students’ skills in risk assessment and decision making
- To build students’ interpersonal and communications skills
- To teach students conflict resolution skills and avoiding violence
Crime Prevention Coordinator
The Pigeon Forge Police Department has assigned Cpl. Mitchell Breeden to concentrate his efforts on crime prevention. Crime Prevention as defined by the National Crime Prevention Council – 1990 is a pattern of attitudes and behaviors directed at reducing the threat of crime and enhancing the sense of safety and security, to positively influence the quality of life in our society, and to develop environments where crime cannot flourish. Cpl. Breeden has received training in Crime Analysis, Code Enforcement in Crime Prevention, Residential Security, Neighborhood Watch, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), and many other aspects of Crime Prevention.
Cpl. Breeden is responsible for promoting and educating the public about Crime Prevention through programs and training. He is eager to serve the Pigeon Forge Community and its guests. If you have any questions concerning Crime Prevention or any of the following safety programs, call 865-453-9063 and ask for Cpl. Mitchell Breeden.
Crime Prevention Programs
• Residential Security Surveys
• Child Identification Program
• Internet Safety
• Child Passenger Safety
• Identity Theft
• Bicycle Safety
• Neighborhood Watch
• Operation Identification
If you are interested in more information on Crime Prevention please visit the following links:
Tennessee Crime Prevention Coalition
National Child Safety Foundation
Federal Trade Commission ID Theft
Homeland Security Investigations Victim Notification Program