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As members of the community, the Elizabethton Police Department will strive to form partnerships within our community to provide professional law enforcement, problem-oriented policing, community service, and public safety education in order to enhance the quality of life for the members of our community and our visitors.


Welcome to the Elizabethton Police Department's web site. We appreciate your interest, and hope that you will find the content useful. This web site provides you with a variety of information on how the department works and information on a number of community-based programs.
It is the mission of the Elizabethton Police Department to affirmatively promote, preserve and deliver a feeling of security, safety, and productive quality services for all citizens in our community. As an agency committed to community quality, all department members are trained to a high level and are dedicated to helping citizens and families improve the neighborhood environment as a means to a safer, more enjoyable community. Preventing crime is our first operational priority as we work from a community-based philosophy of policing. Working together, we are most likely to make lasting improvements in our quality of life. I encourage citizens to offer suggestions on how we might provide better police services in the future. Community Policing is a philosophy and an organizational strategy that promotes a new partnership between people and their police. It is based on the premise that both police and the citizens must work together to identify, prioritize, and solve community concerns. We must be creative and innovative as we work with neighborhoods to reduce and prevent crime, disorder and fear. We will be diligent in our efforts to identify and arrest criminals, and we must also be actively involved in helping our citizens develop long-term solutions to community challenges.
We understand that building, cultivating and maintaining the community's trust is the key element in crime reduction in our city. We are committed to reducing crime in our neighborhoods by targeting all areas of crime and community concerns. Our ultimate goal at the Elizabethton Police Department is to improve the quality of life for all our citizens as well as others we serve. By maintaining close partnerships with our residents and business community, we will attain this goal.

Sincerely, Chief Jason Shaw