Crime Prevention

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School Resource Officer:
The school resource officer is a commissioned, sworn officer law enforcement officer whose goals include providing a safe, secure learning environment in our schools.  They also provide valuable resources to the school staff members and foster positive relationships with the students they protect each school day, and ensure that those students reach their full potential.

Providing a School Resource Officer in our schools to serve as a liaison with the school allows the police department to accomplish our goals of educate, counsel/mentor and protect.  Officer Brett Maggard works at Pigeon Forge High School. Officer Jimmy McMahan works at Pigeon Forge Middle School. They are responsible for the protection of the children and employees at these 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.

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 Jimmy McMahan 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. program 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 staff members to concentrate their 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. Pigeon Forge Police Officers have 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.

Officers are responsible for promoting and educating the public about Crime Prevention through programs and training.  They are 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 to speak with a lieutenant or shift supervisor.

Crime Prevention Programs

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  • Residential Security Surveys
  • Child Identification Program
  • Internet Safety
  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Identity Theft
  • Bicycle Safety
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Operation Identification
  • Active Shooter Response
  • Rape and Aggression Defense

If you are interested in more information on Crime Prevention please visit the following links:
National Crime Prevention Council

Child Passenger Safety

Federal Trade Commission ID Theft

Homeland Security Investigations Victim Notification Program

Victim Notification Network