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Behind the News Jul 09, 2018

Chief Deputy Tim Carroll discusses issues including active shooters, driver safety and the drug epidemic

Rockland — Chief Deputy Tim Carroll of the Knox County Sheriff's Office visited our studio July 6 to talk about how local law enforcement trains to respond to active shooting incidents.

Carroll, who is running for sheriff unopposed in November, also talked about the changing landscape of local law enforcement. This includes issues with drugs as marijuana becomes more legal and accepted in the community and as the opioid epidemic is a growing problem. In addition, he answered questions about incidents of police force seen in the national press, noting that local officers do everything they can to avoid use of force as they protect the public.

The chief deputy also talked about the increase in head-on vehicle crashes that result in injuries and death on the roads, noting that the most difficult part of his job is telling people they have lost a loved one in a crash. He discussed concerns about the rise in texting while driving.

Carroll also talked about the roadblocks police hold periodically to make sure vehicles are inspected, safe to operate on the road and that drivers do not have any violations. He said these are not targeting immigrants.

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