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
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 www.KingsportPDBlog.com, when those dates are finalized.
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