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'It's on': Knoxville police challenge Gainesville police to a hunk-off for Irma recovery

The response to the original photo was so intense that the GPD has put in motion plans to produce a calendar of its officers to raise money for Irma relief

By Chuck Campbell
Knoxville News-Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Yo, Gainesville: We have hunky cops too.

The Gainesville Police Department inadvertently caused a stir with admirers earlier this week as some of the photographs the department posted on Facebook of officers dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma caught more than a little attention.


Officers Nordman, Hamill and Rengering...part of the night crew getting ready to do some work. #Irma UPDATE: 1. We...

Posted by Gainesville Police Department on Sunday, September 10, 2017

One photograph in particular. … Let’s just say heroes in uniform are hard to resist.

The response was so intense that the GPD has quickly put in motion plans to produce a calendar of its comely officers to raise money for Hurricane Irma relief.

Don’t think the sharp-eyed men in blue in Knoxville haven’t noticed. In the spirit of competition, spurred by Saturday’s Tennessee vs. Florida football game, on Wednesday night the Knoxville Police Department posted a photo on its Facebook page of four officers standing tall and proud against a backdrop of the tall-and-proud Sunsphere – along with a gorgeous K-9 officer in the foreground for good measure.


There's no denying the Gainesville Police Department has set the internet on fire with a picture of three of their...

Posted by Knoxville Police Department - TN on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

And with this post, the KPD challenged admirers to comment and make a small donation to any Hurricane Irma charity in the name of either the KPD or the GPD.

The KPD then drops the mic with: “We're confident the Volunteers of Tennessee will see that our KPD officers take it to those gators once again.”

The GPD shared the KPD post with a simple retort:

“It’s on.”


©2017 the Knoxville News-Sentinel (Knoxville, Tenn.)

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