Knoxville Police team up with Waste Connections for more eyes and ears on the street

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) Knoxville Police now have hundreds of extra eyes and ears on the lookout, thanks to Waste Connections and its employees who pick up garbage.

The new partnership, based on the vision of Vice-Mayor Nick Pavlis and Douglas McGill of Waste Connections, will provide training to garbage-men and women from Knoxville Police on how to spot and report crime.

The new logo for this team effort is splattered on the side of every garbage truck;

"Big Blue Looking After You."

McGill called the partnership a win-win situation. Police Chief David Rausch said these are the types of initiatives that help prevent crime.

"Our biggest crime in the city of Knoxville is theft. And home burglaries certainly are a big part of that," Rausch explained. "So to have the extra eyes our there on the street, it's huge for us."

Once the truck drivers receive training on how to spot crime and suspicious behavior, they will then call police to give a detailed account of what they saw. Rausch emphasized that the drivers will not try to stop any behavior, or mediate in any way. They will only be eyes and ears until police arrive.

Vice-Mayor Pavlis said partnering with Waste Connections was a no-brainer.

"We have 395 uniformed bodies out on the street, and they're not all out there at the same time. So I started thinking of other eye balls that are out there that could assist. I brought it to their attention, and they couldn't have been...more excited to get on board," Pavlis said.

Pavlis added that this is a partnership and not a contract, so no money is being spent for the extra lookout. It's simply two groups willing to work together for a greater cause.

So the next time you see one of those big blue trucks rolling down your street, remember, they're on the lookout to clean up your neighborhood any way they can.

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