Eric Parks gets Office of Neighborhoods award

Paige M. TravisOur Town Heroes

City of Knoxville Office of Neighborhoods has named Officer Eric Parks the recipient of its inaugural Officer Liaison of the Year Award.


Eric Parks

Parks was nominated by four residents of the Norwood neighborhood, who emphasized Parks’ regular attendance of Neighborhood Watch and Norwood Homeowners meetings, his willingness to answer calls and respond to questions even when he is off duty, and his overall dedication to the community and its residents.

“KPD is lucky to have this officer who goes beyond the call of duty,” one neighbor wrote in his nomination form.

Finalists were:

  • Officer Jonathon Clabough, Vestal Community Organization
  • Officer Adam Barnett, South Haven
  • Officer Stephen Mercado, Cold Springs Neighborhood Watch, and
  • Officer Tyler Wiggins, Lindbergh Forest

“We’re pleased to shine a positive light on Officer Parks’ dedication to Norwood neighbors and their efforts to work closely with law enforcement to make their neighborhoods as safe and enjoyable as they can be,” said Debbie Sharp, coordinator of the city’s Office of Neighborhoods.

Officer Parks will be recognized with a proclamation at Norwood’s National Night Out celebration on Oct. 1.

Paige Travis is a public information specialist for the city of Knoxville.

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