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KNOXVILLE –- To accommodate its growing staff and increased program offerings, the Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) will move to a larger space in a donated building in Oak Ridge.

LEIC staff could move to UT’s Outreach and Continuing Education building on Oak Ridge Turnpike as soon as March.

The building, with nearly 15,000 square feet of space, was given to the university by a benefactor who formerly lived in the area but now lives in California. Since it began in 1997, LEIC has shared space with the Knoxville Police Department at the Moses Center on Carrick Street in Knoxville.

“LEIC was squeezed for space at their current facility,” said Mary Taylor, assistant vice president of the Institute for Public Service. “The move will not only give them more space for staff offices and training facilities, but it also will put them closer to outdoor training sites and their program partners at ORNL and BWXT Y-12. Of course we plan to continue our strong relationship with the Knoxville Police Department.”

LEIC’s National Forensic Academy trains investigators at mock crime scenes staged at the UT Arboretum, just a few miles from LEIC’s new facility on the turnpike.

Dan Baker, executive director of LEIC, said the additional space and improved facilities will allow LEIC to better serve its law enforcement clients.

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