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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee Police Department has announced Lt. Emily Simerly as its new public information officer.

In this new role, Simerly will serve as the point of contact for inquiries made to UTPD. Simerly also will continue to serve as the department’s lieutenant of special operations. As such, she oversees the Community Relations Unit (CRU), police communications, records unit and special projects.

Simerly has 16 years of law enforcement experience at UT Knoxville and has served as a patrol officer, detective and lieutenant of the CRU.

During her time at UTPD, Simerly also has served as the victim witness coordinator, the Tennessee and Region 6 director of Rape Aggression Defense Systems (a self-defense program for women), a member of the Board of Directors for Safe Haven (formerly Knoxville Sexual Assault Crisis Center), and on various other committees.

She graduated from UT in 1994 with a bachelor’s in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice.


Emily Simerly (865-974-0163,

Kristi Hintz (865-974-3993,