Spencer at a glance

Population by race and Hispanic origin

Full-time law enforcement staff, Spencer Police Department

  • 4 Officers

Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents

  • 2.04 Spencer
  • 4.3 National average, cities with under 10,000 population
  • 2.2 National average

These figures reflect the Spencer Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.

Federal grant funding for Spencer

Data was last updated October 15, 2023

We identified over $65.6K in federal grant funding, FY 2014-2024

Grant funding over time

Grant funding by federal department

Recent grants

USA spending grants for: Spencer
Amount Start and end dates Recipient and description Awarding agency CFDA program Type
$72,664.00 9/1/2014
SPENCER, CITY OF CHP Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants Prime
($7,021.05) 9/1/2014
SPENCER, CITY OF CHP Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions 16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants Prime

Military equipment transfers

We were unable to locate any military equipment transfers for this location using the LESO Property Transferred to Participating Agencies database published by the Defense Logistics Agency. It is possible that this location has acquired military equipment for policing via other sources or programs.

Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements

Data last updated June 1, 2023


We identified 1 publicly reported settlement that resulted in $1,300,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.

Year Description Outcome

In 2021, Melissa Fields filed a lawsuit against Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike King after the fatal shooting of her father, Michael Nichols. The case was settled for $585,000.

In 2020, King came to Nichols’ front porch and claimed that Nichols had been ignoring his orders and that he had reached for a gun, which was actually a decorative BB gun. In her lawsuit, Fields notes that the BB gun “was used as a decorative spindle in the porch railing” and alleges that King had been to Nichols’ property before and should have known that. King shot Nichols three times. King was not wearing a body camera despite the County’s policy requiring it, and he was not indicted for this shooting. As of April 2022, King was still employed by the County and was one of their highest paid sheriffs.