Police Department

Craig B. Moates, Chief of Police










Richard Sawyer, Assistant Chief of Police










Welcome!  We hope you find the site informative and useful as you search your area of interest.  The officers of the McKenzie Police Department are dedicated to providing the best possible service through prevention, detection and apprehension of the criminal element, community interaction and "out of the box" best practices for partnerships and stakeholder support and benefit.

As the Chief of Police, I present to you the following: Mission, Vision, and Core Values Statement.


To provide a professional Police service and partnerships with the citizens of McKenzie.  To utilize Community Policing philosophies and strategies when trying to identify problems and solutions in order to enhance the quality of life and safety of our community.  Dedicate ourselves to protecting life and property, enforcing the law fairly and equitably; maintaining peace and order while assuring fair and equal treatment for all concerned.


The McKenzie Police Department is committed to the philosophy of community-oriented policing and problem-solving strategies utilizing available resources and partnerships.  We employ innovative approaches and time-tested police methods when protecting our community.  We respect and value individualism and unity equally; our communication is direct, open and respectful.  Our dedication is shown through enhanced performance, interaction and work ethic.

Core Values

  • Equal protection and service for all
  • Integrity and ethical conduct without compromise
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth through quality training
  • A thorough, methodical, flexible approach to problem-solving
  • Responsible resource management
  • Responsibility and accountability for our actions
  • Attention to community needs
  • Individual and team effectiveness in solving crimes and community problems
  • Excellence and continuous improvement in all we do

  • Home Check during funeral services
  • Home Check while you are vacationing
  • Nightly business vandalism checks

To Obtain a Police Report

If you have been the victim of a crime or involved in a traffic accident, the information below will aid you in obtaining a copy of a police or crash report.

Reports can be obtained through the McKenzie Police Records Department located at 2470 Cedar Street, McKenzie, TN.

Business hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday.
Telephone: (731) 352-2265

There will be a charge for retrieving police reports that have been previously archived. Cost will be based on the amount of time used to obtain these reports.

McKenzie City Court

McKenzie City Court is held every Monday (excluding holidays) in the McKenzie Municipal Building located at 2470 Cedar Street, McKenzie, beginning at 4:00 PM.

The Honorable Jeff Washburn presides over the McKenzie Municipal Court Systems. Carol Barker is the City Court Clerk.

You may choose to pay the citation (forfeit) and not attend the court proceedings. This must be done before the court date located at the bottom of your citation.  Payments of cash, money order, cashiers and personal checks made payable to the McKenzie Police Department will be accepted. Fines can be mailed to the McKenzie Police Department, P.O. Box 160, McKenzie, TN 38201, or paid in person at the Police Department between the hours of 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM  Monday - Friday.

Court contact numbers (731) 352-2264 or (731) 352-2265.

Individuals are allowed to attend Driving School for the following traffic violations:

Speeding, reckless driving, improper passing, traffic control devise/signal, and following too close.

Driving School is held twice each month, either a Monday night @ 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. or Saturday morning, 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon.  Call (731) 352-2265 for a list of upcoming Driving School dates. 

The following forms of payment will be accepted: cash, money order, cashier's and personal check made payable to the McKenzie Police Department.  All costs are to be paid at the beginning of the class.

You may register for the Driving School Class by telephone or in person at the McKenzie Police Department between the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week.  All questions may be referred to Carol Barker, City Court Clerk at (731) 352-2265.