Unicoi leaders want to establish a police department to patrol the town of approximately 3,570 people.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen leaders decided to allocate $100,000 for the department.
That money would go toward one full-time and one part-time officer.
According to town mayor Johnny Lynch, a police department is necessary to enforce town ordinances and codes. The officers would also be able to work community events to make sure codes are being enforced.
A timeline for the department to open and start patrolling has not been established.