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. Classes meet one evening per week, for about 2 ½ hours, for approximately10 consecutive weeks, at the Justice Center. 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
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. Our next class will be sometime in the spring of 2011. The specific dates have yet to be determined, but we will announce that class in a general press release and specifically in the Kingsport Times News, on Charter Channel 16, and on our website when the date is finalized.
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