The Community Affairs Unit
District Attorney General Allen’s promise to the community is to be “Tough on Crime, Smart on Prevention.” Upon taking office in 2014, she launched the Community Affairs Unit, which is an integral part of her administration.
The Community Affairs Unit provides a direct link between the District Attorney’s Office and the citizens of Knox County through outreach, education and collaborative partnerships. Together, we can build trust between communities, and, ultimately, prevent crime at its source.
For more information regarding the Community Affairs Unit, please contact Community Affairs Director, Emily Scheuneman, by calling 865.215.3736 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Affairs Unit Programs
The Speakers Bureau matches members of the District Attorney General’s Office with community groups, organizations and businesses who want to learn more about various aspects of the criminal justice system. Expert attorneys and victim/witness coordinators are available to speak at events for groups of approximately 15 people or more.
Suggested topics include:
- Child Abuse
- Criminal Justice Overview
- Cyber Crimes
- Domestic Violence
- Driving Under the Influence
- Drugs and Narcotics
- Elder Abuse
- Gang and Hate Crimes
- Gun Violence
- Human Trafficking
- Identity Theft
- Juvenile Crime and Prevention
- Sexual Assault
- Victim Services
- White Collar Crimes
The Citizens Academy is a 7-week course, offering citizens a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to represent the State in the criminal justice system. Citizens participate in a mock trial by arguing a criminal case as prosecutors. In addition to the mock trial, assistant district attorneys present on a wide range of topics including the “CSI Effect,” Criminal Justice 101, the opiate epidemic, gang prosecution, human trafficking, and other emerging trends in our community. The Academy takes place in September and October, with applications becoming available in the spring.
High School Shadow Program
The Community Affairs Unit selects a number of high school students to shadow a variety of professionals involved in the criminal justice system during one week of the summer. The shadow program is designed for high school students who live in Knox County and demonstrate a strong interest in learning about the District Attorney General’s Office.
Truancy Reduction Initiative – Attendance Reward Program
Each year, General Allen partners with a Knox County elementary school to reward students who achieve perfect attendance with a new bicycle and helmet. This program awards students who go “above and beyond” to be in school as a way to promote the importance of school attendance. Truancy and chronic absenteeism is an early sign that youth are headed for possible delinquent activity and/or educational failure, which can cause problems down the road, such as violence, relational issues, unemployment, adult criminality, and incarceration.