KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police to Hold D.U.I. Checkpoint

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police to Hold D.U.I. Checkpoint
DATE: March 3, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In the ongoing effort to reduce the problem of driving under the influence and related crashes, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a D.U.I. Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 10:00 PM until 2:00 AM. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the City of Kingsport.

K.P.D. stresses that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to alcohol, but to any substance that impairs, including illegal drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, as well as prescription drugs, even if they are prescribed by a physician.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Police Officer (2nd Notice)

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Police Officer (2nd Notice)
DATE: March 3, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Applications will be accepted beginning February 9, 2015 until April 5, 2015. Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. Applicants are asked to only apply once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/kingsport

Following the April 5th deadline, all applicants will receive a confirmation email as well as a letter by traditional mail containing further instructions regarding upcoming police applicant testing procedures. All applicants will undergo a series of tests beginning with a written examination on April 28, 2015. Applicants who successfully pass the written examination will advance forward to a physical agility evaluation and ultimately a series of interviews.

The starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $15.45 per hour or $32,148 annually. Applicants who are already certified law enforcement officers may be eligible for a salary adjustment to compensate for prior experience if certain criteria are met. Academy training and all essential equipment including uniforms, firearms, body armor, and duty gear are provided by the department. K.P.D. also issues take-home police cruisers to officers meeting specific residency requirements.

City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department at 423-229-9401. For additional information regarding a law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department, please call the K.P.D. Public Information Officer at 423-229-9433.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Offer Winter Weather Driving Tips

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Offer Winter Weather Driving Tips
DATE: February 24, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In light of recent snow events creating treacherous driving conditions, the Kingsport Police Department would like to suggest the following winter weather driving tips to area motorists.

1) When in doubt, STAY HOME. If the roads are covered with snow and/or ice and travel is not an emergency, the answer is simple…STAY OFF THE ROAD! Be patient and let Public Works crews do their job and get the roads cleared for safe travel.

2) If you absolutely must travel, slow everything down. Everything should be done slower…slower acceleration, slower braking, slower steering, etc. Also, plan ahead. If you know that you are going to need to stop or turn ahead, don’t wait until the last second to start the process. Motorists should also seek a route that incorporates the most level streets and the least amount of incline. And yes, this advice applies to seemingly invincible 4 wheel drive vehicles as well.

3) If you absolutely must travel, stock your car with emergency items such as a charged cell phone, warm clothing, blankets, food, water, boots, gloves, a shovel, etc.

4) Turn on your headlights…not just your corner parking lights, but your actual headlights. Your headlights should be on so that you can see, but even more importantly, so that you can be seen by other motorists. This suggestion is even more critical for automobiles that are the same color as snow (white) or the same color as the pavement (silver, gray, charcoal, black, etc.)

5) If your car becomes stuck and it is safely off the roadway, and you need to temporarily abandon it, call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111 and let them know who you are, the make, model, color, and license plate number of your vehicle, and a number where you can be reached.

6) If your car becomes stuck and it is still in the roadway, turn on your hazard lights, call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111, and stay with your vehicle until a police officer and wrecker arrive to remove it from the traffic lane.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Detectives Request Citizen Assistance in Identifying Thief

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Request Citizen Assistance in Identifying Thief
DATE: February 24, 2015
CASE #: 15-002033
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 29, 2015 at approximately 5:30 PM, a white male suspect shoplifted a felonious amount of merchandise from Wal-Mart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The stolen items, with a combined total value of nearly $900, included an assortment of power and hand tools, electronics, and camping equipment.

A photograph of the suspect captured by video surveillance is included in this release. He is pictured pushing the stolen merchandise in a shopping cart as he exits the store. A clip from the actual video footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

http://youtu.be/_dsiT_iWkBI

Anyone who recognizes him is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Travel Discouraged Due to Morning Snow Event

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Travel Discouraged Due to Morning Snow Event
DATE: February 24, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Thanks to significantly larger than predicted snowfall accumulations during the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 24, 2015, area roadways are once again blanketed with snow, making travel conditions hazardous. The current forecast is for snowfall to continue through this morning and taper off this afternoon.

Kingsport City Schools are closed today which greatly reduces the number of vehicles traveling on city streets. Other motorists who do not have an urgent need to be out and about are strongly encouraged to exercise patience and sound judgment and stay home until this latest weather front passes through the region.

City of Kingsport Public Works employees are hard at work to ensure that Kingsport’s streets are cleared and safe for travel. As usual, snow removal crews will begin on major thoroughfares and gradually work their way out to secondary roadways and neighborhood streets.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Detectives Searching for Suspect in Two Auto Burglaries

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Detectives Searching for Suspect in Two Auto Burglaries
DATE: February 19, 2015
CASE #: 15-002727 (Walgreens)

15-002729 (Food City)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 11, 2015 at approximately 9:15 AM a white male suspect arrived in the parking lot of Food City, located at 300 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport. While there, the suspect entered an unlocked Honda Accord and stole an iPhone 4s Smartphone.

Approximately 10 minutes later, the same white male suspect arrived in the parking lot of Walgreens, located at 1420 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. At this location, the suspect entered an unlocked Ford Explorer and stole a purse.

At the time of both incidents, the suspect was traveling in a blue Toyota Camry 4-door sedan. The Toyota is distinguished by having a large “T” decal in the rear window and a smaller “T” decal in the passenger-side back-seat window.

A photograph of the suspect’s vehicle is included in this release. Anyone who recognizes this vehicle or who may know the identity of the owner and/or operator is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

Finally, the Kingsport Police Department continues to stress the importance of locking vehicle doors and removing items of value from plain view. The vast majority of auto burglaries are crimes of opportunity, and following these two simple tips can go a long way toward not becoming the next victim.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport City Court Canceled Today

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport City Court Canceled Today
DATE: February 18, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Due to the continued inclement weather, Kingsport City Court has been canceled today, Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Anyone with a case scheduled for today is instructed to call the Kingsport Police Department’s City Court Clerk at 423-229-9428 to reschedule their case for a later date.
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit