Training / Personnel
The Training/Personnel Unit is responsible for critical functions within the police department. Primarily, the officers are to ensure that all personnel receive the proper training and certification for each person’s job assignment/rank. These assignments range from police officer to communications specialist to jailer to records clerk, and all the varied support positions. The Training Staff works closely with outside agencies and academies in the development of training programs for basic recruits and experienced officers.
The Training/Personnel Unit assists the administration in the selection process for police officer twice each year. For candidates who are not certified police officers, this process consists of administering a written examination, conducting a physical agility test for the candidates who pass the written examination, and scheduling an oral interview for the applicants who successfully pass the physical agility test. For those candidates who are certified police officers, the written examination and physical agility test are waived, and they are scheduled to appear before the Oral Review Board. In 2010, 193 persons applied for employment with the Kingsport Police Department (a decrease of 36.09%), and 88 completed the written examination (a decrease of 36.23%). Of those, 28 passed the written examination and physical agility test (a decrease of 42.86%) and were scheduled to appear before the Oral Review Board. In addition, 13 certified police officer applicants were scheduled to appear before an Oral Review Board.
Once hired, the Training Unit supervises the recruit throughout his/her academy and field training. This unit is also responsible for the certification and continuing education of senior personnel, developing lesson plans/curriculum for training courses, and maintaining specialized certifications, e.g. Bomb and Arson Technicians. State law requires annual training for police officers, jailers, dispatchers, and record clerks. A total of 27,924 hours of training occurred in 2010. This is an increase of 38.70 % for 2010. In 2010, 4 police applicants were hired. Two of these new recruits received police academy training. The Department hired two certified police officers who did not require police academy training.