KPD Honors Exceptional Employees and Volunteer at Annual Luncheon

The Knoxville Police Department recognized outstanding service at its 2023 Employee Recognition Luncheon.

The Knoxville Police Department recognized five employees and one volunteer for exceptional service to the Knoxville community during its annual Employee Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, 2024.

Officer Colby Chandler and Officer John Martin were honored as the 2023 Officer of the Year recipients, while Crime Analysis Supervisor Christine Mullan and Violent Crimes Unit Victim Advocate Brandi Carson were named as the 2023 Employee of the Year honorees.

Veteran Sergeant Rodney Patton was named as the 2023 recipient of the distinguished Mike Waggoner Leadership Award. Additionally, JP Light was selected as the 2023 Explorer of the Year.

The six honorees were voted on by the KPD Awards and Commendations Committee, a nine-person body representing a wide cross-section of the department.

“The individuals who were awarded today are shining examples of the best of our department,” Chief of Police Paul Noel said. “Each of them is passionately dedicated to their assignment and helping us however they can to accomplish our fundamental mission as an organization of making Knoxville safer. This recognition is a reflection of the quality of their daily work and the way they represent our agency.”

Colby Chandler, who has been with the KPD since 2015, was recognized for his invaluable investigative support and efforts to address violent crime as a member of the Community Engagement Response Team (CERT). John Martin, an KPD officer since 2007, was honored for his dedicated work as the School Resource Officer assigned to Austin-East High School.

Sergeant Rodney Patton, a veteran of the KPD since 1986, received the prestigious Mike Waggoner Leadership Award for his strong passion, dedication, and ability to inspire those around him. Brandi Carson, who has been with the KPD since 2003, was recognized as Employee of the Year for her consistent and multi-faceted work as the victim advocate for the Homicide and Violent Crime Units.

Christine Mullan, an KPD employee since 2006, was also named Employee of the Year for her instrumental role as the supervisor over the Crime Analysis Unit. JP Light, a senior at Hardin Valley High School, was selected as the 2023 Explorer of the Year for his leadership within the volunteer Explorer Post.

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