In a report released last week, Erwin came in at No. 8 on the Safewise organization’s 2018 listing of the 20 Safest Cities in Tennessee.
The only other Northeast Tennessee city to make the Safewise list was Church Hill, which came in at No. 20.
According to the report, the rankings are based on a review of the most recent FBI crime statistics available, city population and incidents of violent crime and property offenses reported to the FBI. Cities that fell below the report’s population thresholds or failed to submit complete FBI crime reports were excluded from the rankings.
According to the report, Erwin’s population of 5,959 people and 1.17 violent crimes and 10.4 property crimes per 1,000 people put its crime percentages at 11.29 percent for violent crime and 88.71 percent for property crime.
The numbers compare to Belle Meade’s, the safest city in Tennessee on the Safewise list, with a population of 3,021 people, zero violent crimes and 10.26 property crimes per 1,000 people and to Church Hill, population 6,714, with 1.79 violent crimes and 4.17 property crimes per 1,000 people.
Notified of the ranking, Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley said “We’re very please to get this designation and we think it speaks highly of our law enforcement officers who work daily to make sure Erwin is as safe as it can be.”
Police Chief Regan Tilson said all accolades go to the police department’s officers. “The officers take their job seriously. They’re conscientious. They’re vested in this community. They do all they can to make the community safe. And we are lucky we live in good community.
“This community is very good to us,” Tilson said. “The community is very supportive of us and we want to keep doing a good job for the community. We’re happy with that ranking and we would like to make it even higher.”
Town Recorder Glenn Rosenoff said the ranking is a positive not only for Erwin citizens but for people and businesses looking for a place to locate.
“My experience has been that safety is usually number one or number two on the list for people looking for a place to live,” Rosenoff said.
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