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CHATTANOOGA POLICE DEPARTMENT INITIAL REPORT OF COMPLAINT

Email: CPDInternalAffairs@chattanooga.gov 

Phone number: 423-643-6240

Fax: 423-643-6253

 

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Chattanooga was one of three cities across the nation selected to implement the ELERV Project.

The Victim's Service Office is funded through the Enhancing Law Enforcement's Response to Victims (ELERV) grant program. This grant is funded through a partnership between the Department of Justice/Office for Victims of Crime and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Essentially the project is part research, part practice and training. We are currently in the baseline phase of gathering data. We are looking to survey our officers internally (attitudes towards victims, areas for growth in training, etc), survey the community externally (on our response to victims, satisfaction rates, etc), as well as do focus groups for special populations. We will then take the results of our assessments and create a specialized curriculum to train all of our officers and create overall departmental changes as needed. We will be conducting periodic assessments throughout the project to measure progress and make adjustments as needed. At the end of the grant project we will enter into an evaluation phase where we measure how far we've come since beginning the ELERV project. This will also give us recommendations for how to proceed in the future.

The original project runs from October 2015 - October 2018.

Victim Services Unit

Victims and survivors of violent crime have the right to feel heard and supported in regards to the dynamics of crime and trauma's lasting impact on individuals. They need to have access to support services that address their psychological and emotional needs, as well as have their safety concerns addressed. The overall goal of the Victim Services Unit for the Chattanooga Police Department is to partner with officers, investigators, and community collegues to create a network of care and support for victims of violence in our City. This will be achieved through direct service provision, continued follow-up care and advocacy, criminal justice support, and community agency referrals. The following are objectives of the Victim Services Unit:

  • To fill the gaps in social services where there are no current resources or advocacy being provided to victims of crime.
  • To create a cohesive and streamlined response to the victims of violent crime who are being engaged by the Chattanooga Police Department.
  • Increased awareness of local and community resources and social services for victims of crime.
  • Increased awareness of Victim's Rights and Responsibilities in the criminal justice and judicial processes.
  • Provide comprehensive and ongoing training for Chattanooga Police Department, other local law enforcement agencies, and the public safety community at large.

 

Services Provided:

  • Intake & Assessment
  • Follow-up
  • Safety Planning
  • Social Service Planning
  • Criminal Justice Support and Advocacy
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Crisis Counseling & Intervention
  • Information & Referral
  • Filing Assistance for TN Criminal Injuries Compensation Program
  • Community Outreach
  • First Responder Training
  • On-Scene Response

 

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

On-Call Chaplains: 24/7 Crisis Response

Victim Services Coordinator: Caroline Huffaker 

 

 

The Chattanooga Police Department's Communications Office serves as a central source of information for release by the department and responds to requests for information by the news media and the community.

The Communications Office consists of one civilian (Communications Coordinator) and one sworn police officer (Police Information Officer). The office releases information on aggravated assaults with a weapon, bank robberies, homicides, SWAT call-outs, officer involved shootings, and any other high profile incidents as dictated by protocol.

All Communications personnel work with media on a daily basis, respond to requests from the public and participate in writing news releases. Additionally, the Communications Coordinator provides media relations training for CPD officers, internal communications for department employees, and content management for the Chattanooga Police Department's website and social media platforms.

For active crime scenes: The civilian and/or sworn personnel will identify a sworn commanding officer to provide on-camera, phone and radio interviews to media outlets who request them.

For interview requests, non-active incident: The Communications Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All interview requests should be submitted before 3:00 p.m.

Elisa Myzal, Communications Coordinator

Email: elisamyzal@chattanooga.gov

Office Number: 423-643-5707 

 

Resources

 The CPD Pressboard

The Pressboard Report is a list of criminal incidents - including the report narative - the cooresponding narrative that occured during a specific time period.

Pressboard Reports

 

Police Data Initiative

In May of 2014, Mayor Andy Berke signed an executive order establishing an Open Data Policy for the City of Chattanooga. Since that time, the City has taken a number of steps as directed by Mayor Berke's order, including creating an open data portal as well as participating in the White House's Police Data Initiative.

Last year the White House launched the Police Data Initiative. Since that time, the initiative has mobilized 53 leading jurisdictions across the country to take fast action on concrete deliverables responding to the White House's 21st Century Policing Task Force recommendations in the area of data and technology.

Through this effort, the City is responding first to the White House's 21st Century Policing Task Force recommendations within two streams of work:

  • Using open data to increase transparency, build community trust, and support innovation
  • Better using technology such as early warning systems to identify problems, increase internal accountability, and decrease inappropriate uses of force

The City of Chattanooga currently provides data through the Chattanooga Open Data Portal. This is a public site developed by the City and allows community members to examine information on police incident reports dating back to 2005, traffic citation information and 911 calls for service.

Click the PDI Public Safety Open Dataset below you would like to review: 

Police Incidents

E911 Calls for Service

Traffic Citations

Code Violations

 

Additional Public Information:

City of Chattanooga Open Violent Crime Data

City of Chattanooga Open Family Violence Data

City of Chattanooga Citations by Location

Crash Data by County 

FBI UCR Crime Data

TN Crime Info 

TN Crime Data 

All State laws can be found at the Tennessee Code Unannotated - Free Public Access Website 

If you have questions concerning City of Chattanooga codes can be found on the City Codes Website.

 

Don't See what you are looking for?

Make an Tennessee Open Records Request. 

 

 

 

 

CRIME STOPPERS

In 2015 Crime Stoppers ran 52 feature stories and 52 fugitive profiles which resulted in the generation of 135 actionable, anonymous tips. As a result of those tips Crime Stoppers aided in the identification, arrest, and apprehension of 20 criminals.

 

Crime Stoppers features a criminal of the week and a fugitive of the week on WRCB-TV Channel 3. If you recognize this week's bad guy you could get paid for sharing your good information with police. To report a tip or lead call Crime Stoppers' Officer Victor Miller at 423-698-3333

If you get voice mail, leave a way for Officer Miller to get back to you with any questions. Remember, though, he will never ask who you are. Up to $1,000 reward is on the table.

 

To see the crime of the week, fugitive of the week, and updates to previous stories CLICK HERE 
 

APPLICATION

The Explorer Program is an official program of the Chattanooga Police Department, designed by the Boy Scouts of America to expose young men and women (ages 13-21) to the vast career choices available in law enforcement today. Many of our alumni have continued their career path to successfully achieve positions in local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the country.

Explorers learn in both classroom and field environments, including actual "hands-on" field experience. Weekly meeting presentations include training on Police duties, self defense and investigations. Explorers also attend Explorer competitions every year. Knoxville, TN, Las Vegas, NV and Gatlinburg, TN are some of the cities we compete in.

Explorers are invited to participate in our ride-along program. Members are allowed to ride with a patrol officer and respond to calls

The Chattanooga Police Explorers meet once a week. We invite you to further review the exciting challenges of Exploring with the Chattanooga Police Department and welcome your interest and involvement. Please join our team today.  

To apply, download and complete the CPDExplorersApplication and mail to the Chattanooga Police Department. 

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