Etowah Police Department
The City of Etowah Police Department is located at 1317 South Tennessee Avenue. The department incorporates three divisions – Administrative, Patrol, and Investigative. The Administrative Division consists of the Chief of Police and a Records Clerk. The Patrol Division consists of eight full – time Tennessee State certified police officers, two part – time police officers and six reserve officers. The Investigative Division consists of one full – time Tennessee State certified detective.
The City of Etowah Police Department is driven to be the best small city police department in the nation. Toward that end, we have taken an aggressive approach in developing and promoting a positive working relationship and partnership between our staff and the residents of the community. This strong and well – organized police driven alliance has proven to be extremely effective in our crime fighting efforts and has improved the overall quality of life for those who live in the City of Etowah.
It has been, and will continue to be, the fundamental policy of this department to fully support the concept of crime prevention in our neighborhoods by encouraging residents to join the City of Etowah Police Department in working together to make a difference.
We are committed to the highest degree of service through our standards, training, performance and conduct.
We are committed to valuing human dignity in everything we do.
We are committed to excellence of character and the highest moral and ethical standards.
We are committed to respecting individual differences and cultures while providing fair and equal treatment for all.
We are committed to being a law enforcement leader through exceptional levels of education, technology, equipment and police development.
Eric Armstrong is the City of Etowah Chief of Police. He has spent 26 years as a law enforcement officer and attended Law Enforcement Management and Administration training in 2009 at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. Chief Armstrong was appointed to his post as Chief in February of 2011 and attended the F.B.I.'s Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar in 2012 and 2018.
He uses his experience and training to get the most out of the police department for the benefit of the citizens of the City of Etowah. Chief Armstrong is from McMinn County. He attended Mountain View Elementary School, graduated from McMinn Central High School, and in 1992, graduated from the Cleveland State Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy. He started his police career with the City of Etowah Police Department in 1992 and then worked for the McMinn County Sheriff’s Office for several years. He served for the Town of Decatur Police Department before returning to the City of Etowah Police Department in 2002.
Thank you for taking the time to visit the City of Etowah Police Department web page. I am very proud to be a member of the City of Etowah Police Department and the opportunity to lead such an outstanding group of both sworn and civilian personnel.
Being the Chief of Police for the City of Etowah is truly a privilege and a life long goal, and I intend to serve the community with pride, professionalism, integrity, and trust.
Again, thank you for visiting our web page, and I hope you came away with a better understanding of what we do and how we represent the citizens of the City of Etowah.
– Chief Eric Armstrong