Bush Presented with Community Service Award

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Bush Presented with Community Service Award

Posted: 05/01/2019
Lt Brian BushOn Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas presented Lt. Brian Bush with a Community Service Award.

Lt. Brian Bush plays a significant role in the East District’s numerous community groups and neighborhood watch groups. He was responsible for recruiting twenty-three liaison officers. He oversees attendance at meetings for forty-seven groups within the District, personally attends three to five community meetings a month, and he  attends the East Town Area Business Association and the East Knox Business and Professional Association meetings. 

In 2018, the East District officers attended approximately 340 community meetings, and Lt. Bush predicts similar numbers for 2019.  This time intensive assignment requires a great deal of preparation prior to meetings. Lt. Bush seeks out the most current data to give attendees an idea of what the crime numbers are for the city, and he also provides neighborhood-specific numbers, which gives citizens an accurate understanding of their communities.

Lt. Bush represents the District and our agency in a professional and approachable manner.  Lt. Bush has become the face of KPD to many of these groups, and he has subsequently built numerous relationships in the community that have paid dividends for both the citizens and KPD. 

Lt. Bush is known to take phone calls on his days off from community group participants, and he always obliges these individuals in a courteous manner.  He genuinely believes in the importance of listening to community members, recognizing they are invaluable when it comes to what’s happening on their streets. 

This enthusiasm and steadfastness for our community participation is contagious and it inspires other officers to follow suit.