KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Officers Recognized for Outstanding Service

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Officers Recognized for Outstanding Service
DATE: January 14, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce the recent presentment of various awards to several of our Officers in recognition for their outstanding efforts in the performance of their duties over the past year.

On May 4, 2020 Officers Nathan Russell and Keener Burke encountered a teenager who had attempting to commit suicide by inflicting serious self-injury. The officers applied direct pressure and first aid to the life-threatening wounds. For their efforts, Officers Russell and Burke have been presented with the Life Saving Medal.

On May 22, 2020 Patrol Officer and Bomb Squad Commander George Horne completed 25 years of dedicated devotion to the Kingsport Police Department. For his continued commitment to duty, honor, and service, Officer Horne has been presented with the Distinguished Service Medal.

On May 22, 2020 Public Information Officer Tom Patton completed 25 years of dedicated devotion to the Kingsport Police Department. For his continued commitment to duty, honor, and service, Officer Patton has been presented with the Distinguished Service Medal.

On May 23, 2020 Officer Jesse Altman encountered an individual who had overdosed on drugs. Finding him unresponsive and not breathing, he administered a dose of Narcan and began chest compressions prior to the arrival of EMS, who then transported the individual to an area hospital for continued treatment. For his actions, Officer Altman has been presented with the Life Saving Award.

On June 6, 2020 Corporal David Johnson was wounded in the line of duty, in the form of a partially, yet permanently, severed finger, while engaged in the arrest of an inebriated and aggressive suspect. Corporal Johnson continued to effect the arrest, even while enduring excruciating pain. For his efforts and consequent serious injury sustained during this violent encounter, Corporal Johnson has been presented with the Purple Heart.

On August 10, 2020 Officers Dakota Benton, Ben DeGreen, and Hunter Hite encountered a man who was in medical distress and appeared to be suffering from a drug overdose. These officers administered doses of Narcan and began chest compressions prior to the arrival of EMS, who then provided advanced life support. For their actions, Officers Benton, DeGreen, and Hite have been presented with the Life Saving Medal.

On August 14, 2020 Corporal Terry Hughes negotiated the peaceful surrender of a woman contemplating suicide so that the woman was able to receive the appropriate medical and mental health assistance. For her actions, Corporal Hughes has been presented with a Certificate of Commendation.

On September 11, 2020 Lieutenant Justin Quillin completed 25 years of dedicated devotion to the Kingsport Police Department. For his continued commitment to duty, honor, and service, Lieutenant Quillin has been presented with the Distinguished Service Medal.

On January 8, 2021 Lieutenant Steve Hammonds completed 25 years of dedicated devotion to the Kingsport Police Department. For his continued commitment to duty, honor, and service, Lieutenant Hammonds has been presented with the Distinguished Service Medal.

Photographs of these Officers receiving their awards will be featured on the Kingsport Police Department’s various social media platforms. Please join us as we thank these Officers for their exemplary service and applaud them for a job well done.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Request Public Assistance in Identifying Misdemeanor Suspects

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Request Public Assistance in Identifying Misdemeanor Suspects
DATE: January 13, 2021
CASE #: Multiple
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is requesting public assistance in identifying several suspects in various unrelated misdemeanor investigations. The individuals in the following images were photographed on surveillance video during the commission of assorted misdemeanors, typically non-violent property crimes. Identifying one of these suspects could potentially help solve a case.

Anyone who recognizes any of these individuals is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429. As multiple cases and suspects are being featured in this news release, when providing information, citizens are asked to please cite the specific case number that corresponds to the particular individual being identified.

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

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

CASE #: 20-024383
CASE #: 20-024621
CASE #: 20-025484
CASE #: 20-025955
CASE #: 20-026569
CASE #: 20-026696
CASE #: 21-000465
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

Applications Being Accepted for the Position of Kingsport Police Officer from December 26, 2020 through January 10, 2021 (Final Reminder)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Applications Being Accepted for the Position of Kingsport Police Officer from December 26, 2020 through January 10, 2021 (Final Reminder)
DATE: January 8, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Reminder: There are only two days left to submit applications to become a Kingsport Police Officer.

As previously released:

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department will be accepting applications for the position of Police Officer from December 26, 2020 through January 10, 2021. The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire several new officers out of this application process to fill any existing and upcoming vacancies. Those interested must submit a new application regardless of whether or not they have applied or tested with K.P.D. in the past.

Individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be a United States citizen and either already be at least 21 years of age or be turning 21 by no later than July 26, 2021. Applicants are asked to only submit their application once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

https://www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

Following the January 10th deadline, all applicants will receive a confirmation email, as well as a letter by traditional mail, containing further instructions regarding the upcoming Police Applicant Testing procedures, as well as the exact date that they are to report for testing.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A WRITTEN EXAMINATION AS PART OF THIS TESTING PROCESS.

All applicants will begin the testing process with a physical agility evaluation. The physical agility evaluation will be administered on both Monday, January 25 and Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Applicants will be divided alphabetically and will be assigned one of these two dates and will be notified accordingly. These sessions will be conducted at Domtar Park, located at 1414 Riverport Road in Kingsport.

The physical agility evaluation will consist of a timed one-mile run and a timed roughly one-quarter-mile obstacle course designed to measure fitness, strength, agility, and endurance as related to the duties of a Police Officer. Individuals must have an application on file and sign a waiver of liability in order to be eligible to participate.

The applications of those candidates who successfully pass the physical agility evaluation will be reviewed for eligibility and suitability to move forward to the interview panel phase. General criteria to be considered for selection for an interview will be outlined in the confirmation email and letter each applicant will receive to notify them of their testing date.

Those applicants with the highest combined scores on the physical agility evaluation and interview panel will then be interviewed by the Chief of Police to determine the final selections. Those ultimately selected will also be subject to a medical examination, psychological evaluation, and a thorough background investigation prior to actual hiring.

The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $16.32 per hour or $33,946 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 and vision 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. Professional Standards Unit at 423-343-9805.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Juvenile (Reissue)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Juvenile (Reissue)
DATE: January 7, 2021
CASE #: 20-023285
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following is a reissuance of an earlier news release regarding a missing juvenile. Jose A. Mayse remains missing and unaccounted for. Again, foul play is not suspected.

Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

As previously released:

On the afternoon of November 5, 2020, Jose A. Mayse was reported to the Kingsport Police Department as a missing juvenile after being unaccounted for for the past six weeks.

While there is no known reason to suspect foul play at this time, due to his minor age, Detectives are making every possible effort in an attempt to locate him.

Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Jose A. Mayse
Age 17 Years of Age
Height/

Weight

4 feet 3 inches

85 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Hazel Eyes

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Searching for Missing Autistic Woman (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Searching for Missing Autistic Woman (Update)
DATE: January 4, 2021
CASE #: 21-000192
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: On January 4, 2021, shortly after noon, Kaileigh A. Siddons was found safe. The situation remains under investigation; however, she is no longer considered a missing person.

As previously released:

On the evening of January 3, 2021, Kaileigh A. Siddons was reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department. She was last seen leaving her residence in the 3900 block of Bond Drive in Kingsport, walking toward Memorial Boulevard. According to her family, Kaileigh is a diminished capacity adult who has been diagnosed with autism.

Kaileigh is a 20 year old white female. She is approximately 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs roughly 87 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. At the time she left, she was wearing white and gray pajamas and a white Northface jacket. She also has a pink nose ring. Photos are included with this release.

Anyone who sees her is asked to make every possible effort to keep her in sight, and immediately call the Kingsport Police Department at 423-246-9111 or simply dial 911 if emergency conditions exist.

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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Kaileigh A. Siddons
Age 20 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 1 inch

87 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Hazel Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Description White and Gray Pajamas

White Northface Jacket

Pink Nose Ring

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

Applications Being Accepted for the Position of Kingsport Police Officer from December 26, 2020 through January 10, 2021 (Reminder)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Applications Being Accepted for the Position of Kingsport Police Officer from December 26, 2020 through January 10, 2021 (Reminder)
DATE: January 4, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department will be accepting applications for the position of Police Officer from December 26, 2020 through January 10, 2021. The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire several new officers out of this application process to fill any existing and upcoming vacancies. Those interested must submit a new application regardless of whether or not they have applied or tested with K.P.D. in the past.

Individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be a United States citizen and either already be at least 21 years of age or be turning 21 by no later than July 26, 2021. Applicants are asked to only submit their application once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

https://www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

Following the January 10th deadline, all applicants will receive a confirmation email, as well as a letter by traditional mail, containing further instructions regarding the upcoming Police Applicant Testing procedures, as well as the exact date that they are to report for testing.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A WRITTEN EXAMINATION AS PART OF THIS TESTING PROCESS.

All applicants will begin the testing process with a physical agility evaluation. The physical agility evaluation will be administered on both Monday, January 25 and Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Applicants will be divided alphabetically and will be assigned one of these two dates and will be notified accordingly. These sessions will be conducted at Domtar Park, located at 1414 Riverport Road in Kingsport.

The physical agility evaluation will consist of a timed one-mile run and a timed roughly one-quarter-mile obstacle course designed to measure fitness, strength, agility, and endurance as related to the duties of a Police Officer. Individuals must have an application on file and sign a waiver of liability in order to be eligible to participate.

The applications of those candidates who successfully pass the physical agility evaluation will be reviewed for eligibility and suitability to move forward to the interview panel phase. General criteria to be considered for selection for an interview will be outlined in the confirmation email and letter each applicant will receive to notify them of their testing date.

Those applicants with the highest combined scores on the physical agility evaluation and interview panel will then be interviewed by the Chief of Police to determine the final selections. Those ultimately selected will also be subject to a medical examination, psychological evaluation, and a thorough background investigation prior to actual hiring.

The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $16.32 per hour or $33,946 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 and vision 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. Professional Standards Unit at 423-343-9805.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Department to Host Virtual Career Fair in Early 2021 (Reminder)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Department to Host Virtual Career Fair in Early 2021 (Reminder)
DATE: January 4, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Monday, January 4, 2021 from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM, the Kingsport Police Department will be hosting a Virtual Career Fair. Anyone interested in starting their law enforcement career with the Kingsport Police Department is strongly encouraged to join us on Zoom using the following link and credentials:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86826143916?pwd=YkEzRk9pOEV4QXBJYjNkMFhadWh5UT09

Meeting ID: 868 2614 3916

Passcode: 322740

Simply click on the above link or copy and paste it into your internet browser.

Officers will be present “virtually” for a presentation and question and answer session. Topics to be covered will include department highlights and opportunities, how to apply, applicant qualifications, age and education requirements, testing procedures, salary and benefits, and much more.

Anyone who is unable to participate in this online event may call us anytime at 423-343-9805 or 423-229-9433.

K.P.D. currently has several openings and will be accepting applications between December 26, 2020 and January 10, 2021. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

Our next Police Applicant Testing session is scheduled for January 25 and 26, 2021. More information will be released as these dates approach.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Searching for Missing Autistic Woman

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Searching for Missing Autistic Woman
DATE: January 4, 2021
CASE #: 21-000192
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of January 3, 2021, Kaileigh A. Siddons was reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department. She was last seen leaving her residence in the 3900 block of Bond Drive in Kingsport, walking toward Memorial Boulevard. According to her family, Kaileigh is a diminished capacity adult who has been diagnosed with autism.

Kaileigh is a 20 year old white female. She is approximately 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs roughly 87 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. At the time she left, she was wearing white and gray pajamas and a white Northface jacket. She also has a pink nose ring. Photos are included with this release.

Anyone who sees her is asked to make every possible effort to keep her in sight, and immediately call the Kingsport Police Department at 423-246-9111 or simply dial 911 if emergency conditions exist.

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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Kaileigh A. Siddons
Age 20 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 1 inch

87 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Hazel Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Description White and Gray Pajamas

White Northface Jacket

Pink Nose Ring

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Police Attempting to Locate Missing Juvenile (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Police Attempting to Locate Missing Juvenile (Update)
DATE: January 1, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Lukus Ketron has been located safe and is no longer considered a missing juvenile.

As previously released:

Law enforcement authorities are attempting to locate Lukus Dalton Ketron who has recently been reported missing. He was last seen on December 18, 2020 in Knoxville, TN at around 4:00 PM; however, he is from Kingsport and Investigators have reason to believe that he has returned to this area.

There is no known reason to suspect foul play at this time; however, due to his minor age, every possible effort is being made in an attempt to locate him. A photograph has been included in this release.

Anyone who knows his current whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives in 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Lukus Dalton Ketron
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

6 feet

150 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Hazel Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Last Known Clothing Red Jacket

Gray/Brown Pants

Blue/Red Shoes

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Department to Host Virtual Career Fair in Early 2021 (Reminder)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Department to Host Virtual Career Fair in Early 2021 (Reminder)
DATE: January 1, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Monday, January 4, 2021 from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM, the Kingsport Police Department will be hosting a Virtual Career Fair. Anyone interested in starting their law enforcement career with the Kingsport Police Department is strongly encouraged to join us on Zoom using the following link and credentials:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86826143916?pwd=YkEzRk9pOEV4QXBJYjNkMFhadWh5UT09

Meeting ID: 868 2614 3916

Passcode: 322740

Simply click on the above link or copy and paste it into your internet browser.

Officers will be present “virtually” for a presentation and question and answer session. Topics to be covered will include department highlights and opportunities, how to apply, applicant qualifications, age and education requirements, testing procedures, salary and benefits, and much more.

Anyone who is unable to participate in this online event may call us anytime at 423-343-9805 or 423-229-9433.

K.P.D. currently has several openings and will be accepting applications between December 26, 2020 and January 10, 2021. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

Our next Police Applicant Testing session is scheduled for January 25 and 26, 2021. More information will be released as these dates approach.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton