Oliver Springs, TN

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Oliver Springs is a town of approximately 3,500 residents, located near Harriman in eastern Tennessee. Though a fairly small community, Oliver Springs drew media attention in late August 2013, when officers from the town’s police department and the Seventh District Crime Task Force conducted a street-level reverse sting.

During the operation, six johns were arrested; all were charged with patronizing prostitution. According to news reports, all were apprehended within half a mile of the town’s elementary and middle school. One of the men arrested was a registered sex offender. All arrestees’ names were released to the public.

When asked about the department’s impetus for conducting the reverse sting, Oliver Springs Police Chief Kenneth Morgan reported that the undercover operation was started, in part, because of citizen complaints, and that “[the OSPD] hoped [to] stop a growing issue before it became a major problem.”

Key Partners

  • Oliver Springs Police Department
  • Seventh District Crime Task Force
  • Anderson County District Attorney General
State Tennessee
Type City
Population 3231
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