MOUNT VERNON — In the blockbuster film “Titanic,” actress Gloria Stewart famously said, “Thank you for that fine forensic analysis. ... Of course, the experience of it was somewhat different.” So it also goes with law enforcement. Television dramas depict cops rushing to crime scenes where they team up with medical examiners and prosecutors to rush us from heinous crime to tearful confession in an hour. But the reality of it is indeed something different, and there is no artistic license in criminology.
Knox County is a relatively small community with just a handful of prosecuting attorneys. But you might need a program to keep track of all of the law enforcement agencies with which they interact. Depending on the crime, where it occurs, the age of suspects and other factors, a dozen or more arms of law enforcement may be seen at work in Knox County. At one time or another, County Prosecutor John Thatcher and his staff work with them all, some on a daily basis..
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