School Resource Officer
The Kingsport Police Department, in conjunction with the city school system, previously provided one School Resource Officer (SRO) each to Dobyns-Bennett High School and John Sevier Middle School. Beginning in January of 2007, a third School Resource Officer was added to Ross N. Robinson Middle School. In early 2010, there was an additional SRO added to Dobyns-Bennett High School for a citywide total of four SROs. In 2011, the SRO’s for Dobyns-Bennett High School handled 154 investigations. This is an increase from 2010 of 1.32%. The SRO for Sevier handled 53 investigations in 2011 which is an increase of 140.9%, while the SRO for Ross N. Robinson handled ten investigations. In 2011, the total calls decreased by 22% from 2010, which may be attributed to the continued implementation and effectiveness of the SRO program.