Citizen Academy Requirements

Requirements for admission into the academy are established to maintain the quality of the program for the citizens of Kingsport. Basic requirements include:

  • A minimum age of 18
  • A resident of Kingsport
  • If not a city resident, place of employment is within the city limits
  • Non-city residents will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis dependent upon space availability.


All applicants must also undergo a background investigation. Any felony convictions and certain misdemeanor convictions will most likely disqualify the applicant. These also are handled on a case by case basis.

The Citizens’ Academy is free and it is fun. The Academy will consist of approximately 8-10 class sessions, for about 2 ½ hours each, held over the course of several weeks. The class forum involves lecture, demonstrations, audio-visual aids, and most importantly, hands-on participation. Topics covered include:

  • Communications and 911
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Vice and Narcotics Investigations
  • Defensive Tactics and the Use of Force
  • Police K-9 Apprehension, Article Search, Detection, Tracking, and Obedience
  • Collision and D.U.I. Investigations
  • Gangs: Their History and Activity in Our Area
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Building Search Tactics and Techniques
  • Traffic Stops and Vehicle Approaches
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (The Bomb Squad)
  • Vice Operations, Narcotics Investigations, and Criminal Patrol
  • S.W.A.T.


The Citizens’ Police Academy will by no means prepare you to become a police officer; however, it will give you a chance to walk a few steps in our shoes. The academy is held once or twice each year. The specific dates of our next class will be announced in a general press release, and specifically in the Kingsport Times News, on Charter Channel 16, and on, when those dates are finalized.

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Citizen's Academy Requirements




200 Shelby Street
Kingsport, TN 37660



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