On Tuesday, the CHPD was named Police Department of the Year by TruBlu Tactical Supply during the Tennessee Highway Safety Office meeting in Greeneville.
TruBlu Tactical spokesperson Sami Morelock told the Times News that the CHPD was chosen above approximately 80 police departments in the TruBlu coverage area, which includes all of East Tennessee and part of Southwest Virginia.
Morelock said Church Hill’s distinction as Tennessee’s safest city played a role in the CHPD’s award, but she also observed an increase in morale and confidence among the officers following some recent equipment upgrades.
Morelock noted that the biggest equipment change was an upgrade of of the department’s body armor.
“The new administration has put new equipment and procedures in place to protect the officers in today’s changing times and to insure the community is safe,” she said.
CHPD Chief Chad Mosley told the Times News his department also recently changed its uniforms to a more traditional look.
“We changed the department uniform patch,” Mosley said. “We had worn the same patch here since the early ’90s. We went with a patch that has the city seal in it. I know the officers look neater and take pride in their uniforms.”
Mosley added, “I’m definitely honored that someone feels we deserve the Department of the Year award. I know we have some of the best officers working here. Morale has been great this year. We are all like family here. When employees are treated well, you get so much more out of them. We have a great Board of Mayor and Aldermen supporting us.”
The CHPD’s plaque states, “In recognition of your dedicated support to TruBlu Tactical and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, and your commitment to saving lives.”
Other awards handed out Tuesday included best sheriff’s office to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and best overall department, which went to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.
In November, the CHPD was named the safest city in Tennessee by Security Baron, which provides news and consumer reviews for products related to home security, property security, cybersecurity, and more.
Cities were scored based on violent crimes per 1,000 population, property crimes per 1,000 population, and median income.
Church Hill, which has a population of 6,739, had a violent crime rate of 0.74 per 1,000 population, which was down 1.05, and a property crime rate of 4.01 per 1,000, which is down 0.16.
Based on those statistics, Security Baron scored Church Hill 89.11 out of 100, ahead of second place Signal Mountain (87.57), third place Oakland (86.51), fourth place Brentwood (85.28), and fifth place Mount Carmel (84.70).