Kingsport Police Department now hiring for new officers

Kingsport Police Department
Kingsport Police Department

The following is a press release from the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Police Department:

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Applications will be accepted until October 30, 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.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

Following the October 30th 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 assessments, beginning with a written examination on November 15, 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 eight new officers out of this testing process to fill existing vacancies.

The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $15.76 per hour or $32,791 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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