KPD e-News Release: Suspects Identity Sought in Cloned Debit Card Case

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspects Identity Sought in Cloned Debit Card Case
DATE: September 20, 2017
CASE #: 17-023167
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 28, 2017 a Johnson City resident filed a report with the Kingsport Police Department concerning fraudulent charges on her debit card. Further investigation revealed that three charges, for a total of over $350, had been made two days earlier on August 26, 2017 at two separate locations inside the City of Kingsport.

One of these locations was West Kingsport Package Store, located at 2217 West Stone Drive, while the other location was Intimate Treasures, located at 846 Bloomingdale Pike. The original debit card was still in the possession of the victim, so this is evidently a case of her debit card being fraudulently cloned.

Two black male adult suspects were captured on video surveillance footage during the transaction at Intimate Treasures. A photo of the suspects, taken from that footage, has been included in this release. A clip of the actual video has also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/N4ixNICUmEE

Anyone who recognizes either of these men is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division by calling 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

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

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KPD e-News Release: Local Entrepreneur Donates Unique Dog Training Aid to K.P.D. K-9 Unit

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Local Entrepreneur Donates Unique Dog Training Aid to K.P.D. K-9 Unit
DATE: September 20, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department was recently contacted by a local entrepreneur and small business owner with a very generous offer. Russ Hubbard, President and Founder of Per Vivo Labs, offered to donate a unique dog training aid that he had recently developed to the K.P.D. K-9 Unit.

The training aid in question goes by the trade name Odor Trace and is known as a Mixed Odor Delivery Device, or MODD for short. The MODD was initially designed to mix the various odors of modern homemade improvised explosives for bomb detection K-9 training purposes, without actually mixing the chemical components themselves.

Keeping the chemical components physically separate and combining only the odors makes for a much safer training aid that is much less volatile and therefore much less prone to tragedy that could occur from an unintended detonation of an explosive training aid. The MODD is expected to sell in the neighborhood of $500.

As a United States Military veteran, Hubbard knows quite well the results of such an accident. He served in the U.S. Army from 2005-2012. In 2010, he was fortunately able to walk away relatively unscathed when a truck in which he was riding hit a roadside I.E.D. (Improvised Explosive Device). However, shortly after he left the military, the unit to which he was previously assigned lost some individuals after an explosive K-9 training aid unexpectedly detonated.

This is not the first product that Hubbard has developed that has direct ties to his former military service. Another of his products that goes by the trade name Polar Skin, was developed for the treatment of heat stroke and was initially designed for soldiers working in the extreme temperatures of the Middle East. Since its initial success with the military, Polar Skin has also found favor with civilian firefighters, smoke jumpers, law enforcement personnel, and athletes.

Hubbard is a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and West Virginia University. Per Vivo Labs is located at 2042 Brookside Lane in Kingsport. Their current customer list includes the United States Department of Defense, other federal, state, and local government agencies, some private entities, and a few foreign governments.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Mr. Hubbard for his service and for this generous donation that he has made to our K-9 Unit.

For additional information about Per Vivo Labs, please visit the following links:

http://www.pervivolabs.com/

http://www.timesnews.net/Business/2017/05/31/Training-bomb-sniffing-dogs.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=1

Pictured left to right above: Officer David Johnson with K-9 Nim, Officer Billy Boyd with K-9 Reko, Russ Hubbard, Sgt. Kevin Hite with K-9 Charlee, and Officer Caleb Clawson with K-9 Kylo
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

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KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Searching for Suspect Who Used Stolen Credit Card and Checks From Residential Burglary

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Searching for Suspect Who Used Stolen Credit Card and Checks From Residential Burglary
DATE: September 19, 2017
CASE #: 17-021214 (Burglary)

17-023291 (Fraudulent Use of Stolen Credit Card)

17-024981 (Fraudulent Passing of Stolen Checks)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the morning of August 13, 2017, a homeowner on Cliffside Road in Kingsport reported a residential burglary that had occurred the night before, during which a safe was stolen. The safe contained various and assorted valuables to include guns, jewelry, her checkbook, and a significant quantity of cash and coins.

The victim’s checking account was immediately closed. However, also in the safe when it was stolen was a credit card that she rarely used and did not initially realize was missing.

On August 29, 2017, the victim received her credit card statement and found four unauthorized charges, for a total of over $2,700, made fraudulently at Home Depot between August 13 and 19, 2017.

On September 11, 2017, the victim received notification from her bank that six of her checks were passed, for a total value in excess of $1,000, at Walmart between August 16 and 20, 2017.

Further investigation by Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division turned up surveillance video footage of a sole white male adult suspect, not only making the charges at Home Depot, but also passing the checks at Walmart.

A photo of that suspect taken from some of that footage has been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to contact Detectives by calling 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

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: K.P.D. Attempting to Identify Suspect in Theft of iPhone at Local Fast Food Restaurant

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Attempting to Identify Suspect in Theft of iPhone at Local Fast Food Restaurant
DATE: September 18, 2017
CASE #: 17-016217
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 4, 2017 at approximately 12:00 Noon, a white male suspect stole a cell phone that had been temporarily placed on the counter while the owner filled her beverage at Taco Bell, located at 1221 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. Kingsport Police Detectives have been able to obtain surveillance video that captured the incident.

Forward-facing and side-profile photographs of the suspect taken from that footage have been included in this release. A short clip of the actual footage has also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/_LAB5dd85hU

Anyone who recognizes him 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

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 Observing Child Passenger Safety Week

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 Observing Child Passenger Safety Week
DATE: September 18, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is proudly observing Child Passenger Safety Week this week, September 17 through 23, 2017. K.P.D. is also teaming up with our public safety partners at the Kingsport Fire Department for a Child Passenger Safety Seat Checkpoint on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

This event will take place at the K.F.D. Fire Station #2, located at 1804 Crescent Drive in Kingsport. Child Passenger Seat Technicians from the Kingsport Police and Fire Departments will be present and available to inspect seats and instruct caregivers in their proper use. Parents, guardians, and other childcare providers are strongly encouraged to stop by.

The following educational information and resource guide was distributed earlier today by our friends at the Kingsport Fire Department:

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week

This Child Passenger Safety Week the Kingsport Fire Department reminds parents and caregivers that using the correct car seat or booster seat can be a lifesaver: make sure your child is always buckled in an age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat. The Kingsport Fire Department will host a Child Passenger Seat Checkpoint Wednesday, September 20th, from 10-2pm at KFD Fire Station #2 near the corner of Center Street and Ft Henry Drive. Child Passenger Seat Technicians from Kingsport Fire and Police Departments will be on hand to check seats and instruct caregivers of proper use.

FIND THE RIGHT CAR SEAT

Car Seat Types

Learn about the four types of car seats, while keeping in mind the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

· As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure you use a car seat that fits your child’s current size and age.

· Not all car seats fit in all vehicles. Make sure the car seat is the right fit for your vehicle(PDF, 1.77 MB). Test the car seat you plan to buy to make sure it fits well in your vehicle.

· Buy a car seat that can be installed and used correctly every time.

Rear-Facing Car Seat

The best seat for your young child to use. It has a harness and, in a crash, cradles and moves with your child to reduce the stress to the child’s fragile neck and spinal cord.

Types

· Infant Car Seat (Rear-Facing only): Designed for newborns and small babies, the infant-only car seat is a small, portable seat that can only be used rear-facing. Babies usually outgrow their infant car seats by 8 or 9 months. When that happens, we recommend that parents purchase a convertible or all-in-one car seat and use it rear-facing.

· Convertible Seat: As a child grows, this seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat with a harness and tether. Because it can be used with children of various sizes, it allows for children to stay in the rear-facing position longer.

· All-in-One Seat: This seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat (with a harness and tether) and to a booster seat as a child grows. Because it can be used with children of various sizes, it allows for children to stay in the rear-facing position longer.

KPD e-News Release: Applications Now Being Accepted for a Law Enforcement Career with the Kingsport Police Department (Final Notice)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Applications Now Being Accepted for a Law Enforcement Career with the Kingsport Police Department (Final Notice)
DATE: September 18, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
This is the FINAL NOTICE and the FINAL WEEK that applications are being accepted for the position of Police Officer with the Kingsport Police Department. The deadline to apply is this coming Sunday, September 24, 2017.

As previously released:

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire several new officers out of this application process to fill existing and upcoming vacancies. Applications will be accepted beginning August 26, 2017 until no later than September 24, 2017.

Individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. All applicants must either already be at least 21 years of age or be turning 21 by no later than April 24, 2017 (six months after the test date). 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 September 24th 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. All applicants will undergo a series of assessments, beginning with a written examination on the morning of October 24, 2017. The written examination will be administered at the Civic Auditorium, located at 1550 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport.

While not a requirement, applicants are strongly encouraged to invest in the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) “Entry-Level Police” study guide or “Police Study Guide Bundle” to assist them in preparing for this examination. These study guides are currently priced very reasonably at $20 and $30 respectively and are available for purchase at the following link:

http://www.publicsafetycompass.com

Applicants who successfully pass the written examination will advance forward to a physical agility evaluation the same afternoon. 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.

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to participate in a voluntary practice session for the physical agility evaluation. This session will take place on October 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM (two weeks prior to the actual test date) at Domtar Park, located at 1414 Riverport Road in Kingsport. Individuals must have an application on file and sign a waiver in order to be eligible to participate in this practice session.

A series of interviews will follow the written examination and physical agility evaluation, beginning with an interview panel and ultimately an interview with the Chief of Police, to further vet the top performing candidates and determine the final selections.

The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $15.76 per hour or $32,791 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.

A short highlight video of the Kingsport Police Department has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the following link:

https://youtu.be/UMgNSEFmCTA

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

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Now Accepting Applications for Upcoming Class of Citizens Police Academy (Final Notice)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Now Accepting Applications for Upcoming Class of Citizens Police Academy (Final Notice)
DATE: September 11, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Notice: The deadline to submit an application for the upcoming K.P.D. Citizens Police Academy is this coming Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM. As of the time of this release, there are plenty of slots still available.

As previously released:

The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for an upcoming class of the highly acclaimed Citizens Police Academy. K.P.D.’s Citizens Academy is open to individuals who are at least 18 years of age, who either reside or work within the city limits of Kingsport.

The Academy is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Classes will meet twice each week on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for four consecutive weeks at 6:00 PM, with the final class being held on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Each class will run approximately 2 to 3 hours in duration.

The Citizens Police Academy is not designed to prepare citizens to become actual police officers; however, it will give citizens a chance to walk a few steps in an officer’s shoes to experience what it might be like to serve as a police officer and to better understand why officers do what they do. Citizens Academy classes include an interesting mix of classroom presentations, demonstrations, and hands on activities.

Class topics include:

1) An Introduction to K.P.D. with a Tour of the Justice Center

2) Collision and D.U.I. Investigations

3) Crime Scene Investigations

4) The Bomb Squad

5) The Police K-9

6) Traffic Stops and Building Searches

7) Defensive Tactics and the Use of Force

8) S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics)

The deadline to submit an application will be Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Anyone interested in participating in the Citizens Academy needs to submit a new application, regardless of whether or not they have previously submitted an application.

For more information, and to download an application, please visit https://www.kingsporttn.gov/police-department/programs_for_citizens/citizen-police-academy. For any questions regarding the Citizens Police Academy or for further assistance in applying, please contact K.P.D.’s Public Information Officer at 423-229-9433.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton