Johnson City, Kingsport police hiring new officers

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TRI-CITIES, TN (WJHL) – The cities of Johnson City and Kingsport are looking for a few good men and women to serve and protect.

In Johnson City, an examination is the first step in the department’s hiring process.

“We are looking for exceptional people to start an exceptionally rewarding career with the Johnson City Police Department,” said Chief Mark Sirois. “The path to becoming a police officer is challenging because those who are ultimately selected must prove to be worthy of the social obligation the badge carries.”Johson City Police car

Sirois added that the social obligation is a reference to the social contract theory in law enforcement, by which the people invest their police with tremendous powers and in exchange, expect the police to use these powers responsibly and treat the people fairly.

“Being a police officer is a calling, and I look forward to meeting the men and women ready to join us here at the department,” Sirois said.

New officers receive eight weeks of training at the Police Academy, followed by four phases of on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced field training officers. Patrol officers work 12-hour shifts and enjoy a seven-day break each month.

Johnson City Police officers are provided with uniforms, equipment and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). The department operates a tactical training facility, and officers have opportunities to serve on numerous specialty units.

The City of Johnson City offers compensation for military leave, group health insurance, paid group life insurance, 10 paid holidays are year, and tuition reimbursement among other benefits.

Exam registration will be open through Friday, March 11. Registration requirements are as follows:

Requirements for registering: 21 years of age by 3/17/2016, high school diploma or GED, and not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude other than a minor traffic violation. The Police Department has a tattoo policy. For more information regarding the tattoo policy, inquire with Human Resources.

To register, present the following to the Human Resources Department, 601 E. Main St., Johnson City, TN 37601:

  • $18 non-refundable examination fee (must be paid by 3/11/2016); and

Copies of the following:

  • City of Johnson City Application for Employment;
  • Release & Waiver Form (print from;
  • Birth Certificate;
  • High School Diploma/GED or Transcript with Graduation Date;
  • Driver’s License;
  • Social Security Card;
  • College/University Diploma (if applicable);
  • Proof of P.O.S.T. Certification (if applicable);
  • DD-214 for Veterans Credit (if applicable).

When registering, a test date and time for the Police Officer Examination will be scheduled. For more information, call (423)434-6020.

Kingsport Police Department hiring process 

Kingsport said in a press release Monday morning it hopes to hire nearly a dozen new offices.

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Applications will be accepted beginning February 13, 2016 until April 3, 2016. Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. Applicants are asked to only submit their application once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency.Kingsport Police Department

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

Following the April 3rd deadline, all applicants will receive a confirmation email as well as a letter by traditional mail containing further instructions regarding the upcoming police applicant testing procedures. All applicants will undergo a series of tests beginning with a written examination on April 26, 2016. Applicants who successfully pass the written examination will advance forward to a physical agility evaluation and ultimately to a series of interviews.

The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire at least ten (10) new officers out of this testing process to fill current and pending vacancies.
The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $15.45 per hour or $32,148 annually. Applicants who are already certified law enforcement officers may be eligible for a salary adjustment to compensate for prior experience if certain criteria are met. Academy training and all essential equipment including uniforms, firearms, body armor, and duty gear are provided by the department. K.P.D. also issues take-home police cruisers to officers meeting specific residency requirements.

City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department at 423-229-9401. For additional information regarding a law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department, please call the K.P.D. Public Information Officer at 423-229-9433.

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