KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Announces Fall 2022 Police Applicant Testing Session with Plans to Hire Several Officers

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Announces Fall 2022 Police Applicant Testing Session with Plans to Hire Several Officers
DATE: August 10, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department has scheduled the next Police Applicant Testing Session for Tuesday, September 27, 2022 in anticipation of hiring several officers to fill any existing and upcoming vacancies. While K.P.D. now accepts applications year-round, in order to participate in this upcoming session, applications must be received by absolutely no later than Sunday, September 11, 2022. Any applications received after that date will be held until the next testing session.

Individuals who are interested in a rewarding career with a professional law enforcement agency are strongly 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 March 27, 2023. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

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

Following the September 11th 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, time, and location 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 Tuesday, September 27, 2022. This session 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, endurance, and perseverance 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 which will be conducted during the following week of October 3-7, 2022. General criteria to be considered for selection for an interview will be outlined in the confirmation email and letter each applicant will receive.

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 has recently been increased to $18.73 per hour or $38,962 annually. Applicants who are already certified law enforcement officers may be eligible for additional salary adjustments 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 response-time 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; education tuition and fitness membership reimbursements, Mission Square 401 retirement; and optional Mission Square 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 423-229-9433.

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: Applications Being Accepted for K.P.D. Corrections Officer

Kingsport Police Department

DalePhipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Applications Being Accepted for K.P.D. Corrections Officer
DATE: August 4, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department. Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a criminal justice career are encouraged to apply.

Two positions are currently available. As Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) regulations require an equal number of male and female Corrections Officers on staff, the current openings are for one male Corrections Officer and one female Corrections Officer.

It is important to note that due to when the two positions became available, the deadline to apply for the male Corrections Officer position is August 14, 2022; however, the deadline to apply for the female Corrections Officer position is August 21, 2022.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

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

The salary for a Kingsport Police Department Corrections Officer has recently been increased and starts at $15.37 per hour or $31,977 per year. 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; education tuition and fitness membership reimbursements, Mission Square 401 retirement; and optional Mission Square 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 the Corrections Officer position, please call the K.P.D. Jail Administrator at 423-229-9424.

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 Four Missing Juveniles in Unrelated Cases – Foul Play Not Suspected

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Four Missing Juveniles in Unrelated Cases – Foul Play Not Suspected
DATE: July 29, 2022
CASE #: 22-006740 (Colin Klein)

22-008561 (Jaylen Blye)

22-009998 (Brileigh Johnson)

22-013694 (Breanna Fleming)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is attempting to locate four missing juveniles in ongoing but unrelated investigations. Detectives have no reason to suspect foul play in any of these cases; however, due to their minor ages, every possible effort is being made to locate them.

The four missing juveniles are featured in the accompanying tables and photos and include Colin Klein, Jaylen Blye, Brileigh Johnson, and Breanna Fleming.

Anyone who sees any of them, or who may potentially know where any of them can be found, 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-Police

MISSING JUVENILE #1 INFORMATION
Name Colin Klein
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 8 inches

140 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black hair

Unknown eye color

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing White shirt with black print

Brown athletic pants

Black and white shoes

Missing Since April 14, 2022
Last Known Location 2000 block of Stonebrook Place

Kingsport, TN

MISSING JUVENILE #2 INFORMATION
Name Jaylen Blye
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Height/

Weight

Height and weight not provided
Hair/Eyes Hair and eye color not provided
Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Unknown
Missing Since May 4, 2022
Last Known Location 1000 block of W. Sullivan Street

Kingsport, TN

MISSING JUVENILE #3 INFORMATION
Name Brileigh Johnson
Age 15 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 6 inches

165 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Blue eyes

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Unknown
Missing Since May 30, 2022
Last Known Location 500 block of Belvue Avenue

Kingsport, TN

MISSING JUVENILE #4 INFORMATION
Name Breanna Fleming
Age 15 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

Height and weight not provided
Hair/Eyes Hair and eye color not provided
Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Gray sweatshirt

Gray sweatpants

Red sandals

Missing Since July 16, 2022
Last Known Location 700 block of N. Wilcox Drive

Kingsport, TN

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: K.P.D. Places Focus on Traffic Safety as Students Return to School (Reminder)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Places Focus on Traffic Safety as Students Return to School (Reminder)
DATE: July 29, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Effective Monday morning, August 1, 2022, Kingsport City Schools will be back in session. The Kingsport Police Department will be patrolling Kingsport’s various school zones and actively enforcing traffic violations. Motorists are urged to slow down, pay attention, obey all traffic laws, and drive with an increased level of situational awareness, especially around school zones.

Special attention should be paid to the Hands Free Tennessee law that, among other things, makes it illegal to have a cell phone in your hand while driving. It is important to note that while a first-time offense is a $50 fine and a third-time or higher offense or an offense resulting in a crash is a $100 fine, IF THE OFFENSE OCCURS IN A WORK ZONE OR A SCHOOL ZONE, THE FINE IS $200.

Following, are some additional Back to School Safe Driving Tips:

Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

Things get a little crazy on the roads during the school year. Buses are everywhere, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, and anxious parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

If You’re Dropping Off

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. The following apply to all school zones:

· Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.

· Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.

· Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

· Have children exit the vehicle from the side of the vehicle facing the curb rather than the side of the vehicle facing traffic.

· Use crosswalks. Don’t jaywalk or allow your children to do so.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

· Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.

· In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.

· Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.

· Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.

· Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.

· Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

· Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

· Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.

· If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.

· This is true even on multi-lane highways unless there is a barrier or grass or raised concrete median physically dividing the two directions of the highway. Multi-lane highways only divided by center turn lanes do not satisfy this criteria, so both directions must stop for a stopped school bus.

· The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.

· Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

· When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist.

· When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass.

· If you’re turning right and a bicyclist is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals.

· Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this.

· Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods.

· Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars.

· Check side mirrors before opening your door.

Seatbelts and Child Passenger Safety

Finally, all motorists are strongly encouraged to make sure they, and everyone in their vehicle, are properly restrained. Being properly restrained by a seatbelt or an appropriate child passenger safety seat can easily make the difference in a motorist being seriously injured or killed in a crash versus walking away from the crash with minor injuries or no injuries whatsoever.

The Kingsport Police Department encourages ALL occupants of ALL motor vehicles to wear their seatbelt ALL of the time. It is the law, but more importantly, it might just save a life. For a comprehensive guide to child passenger safety, please visit the following link:

https://TNTrafficSafety.org/CPS

By exercising a little extra care and caution, motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and school buses can all travel safely in school zones and throughout the City of Kingsport.

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: Fort Henry Drive Closure/Traffic Advisory Due to Crash

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Fort Henry Drive Closure/Traffic Advisory Due to Crash
DATE: July 28, 2022
CASE #: 22-014335
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 28, 2022 as of 5:30 PM, Fort Henry Drive at Lakeside Lane in Kingsport is completely closed due to a motor vehicle collision. This location is near the city limits in Colonial Heights where the 4-lanes taper to 2-lanes. Motorists are asked to avoid this area for the time being and seek an alternate route. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to slow down, exercise caution and patience, and obey all traffic instructions.
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: Applications to be Accepted for Corrections Officer from July 30 through August 14, 2022

Kingsport Police Department

DalePhipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Applications to be Accepted for Corrections Officer from July 30 through August 14, 2022
DATE: July 28, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department will be accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department from July 30 through August 14, 2022. Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a criminal justice career are encouraged to apply. Applicants are asked to only apply once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency.

At least one position is available. As Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) regulations require an equal number of male and female Corrections Officers on staff, the current opening is only for a male Corrections Officer.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

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

The salary for a Kingsport Police Department Corrections Officer has recently been increased and starts at $15.37 per hour or $31,977 per year. 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; education tuition and fitness membership reimbursements, Mission Square 401 retirement; and optional Mission Square 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 the Corrections Officer position, please call the K.P.D. Jail Administrator at 423-229-9424.

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. Places Focus on Traffic Safety as Students Return to School

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Places Focus on Traffic Safety as Students Return to School
DATE: July 25, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Effective Monday morning, August 1, 2022, Kingsport City Schools will be back in session. The Kingsport Police Department will be patrolling Kingsport’s various school zones and actively enforcing traffic violations. Motorists are urged to slow down, pay attention, obey all traffic laws, and drive with an increased level of situational awareness, especially around school zones.

Special attention should be paid to the Hands Free Tennessee law that, among other things, makes it illegal to have a cell phone in your hand while driving. It is important to note that while a first-time offense is a $50 fine and a third-time or higher offense or an offense resulting in a crash is a $100 fine, IF THE OFFENSE OCCURS IN A WORK ZONE OR A SCHOOL ZONE, THE FINE IS $200.

Following, are some additional Back to School Safe Driving Tips:

Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

Things get a little crazy on the roads during the school year. Buses are everywhere, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, and anxious parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

If You’re Dropping Off

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. The following apply to all school zones:

· Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.

· Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.

· Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

· Have children exit the vehicle from the side of the vehicle facing the curb rather than the side of the vehicle facing traffic.

· Use crosswalks. Don’t jaywalk or allow your children to do so.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

· Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.

· In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.

· Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.

· Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.

· Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.

· Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

· Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

· Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.

· If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.

· This is true even on multi-lane highways unless there is a barrier or grass or raised concrete median physically dividing the two directions of the highway. Multi-lane highways only divided by center turn lanes do not satisfy this criteria, so both directions must stop for a stopped school bus.

· The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.

· Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

· When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist.

· When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass.

· If you’re turning right and a bicyclist is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals.

· Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this.

· Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods.

· Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars.

· Check side mirrors before opening your door.

Seatbelts and Child Passenger Safety

Finally, all motorists are strongly encouraged to make sure they, and everyone in their vehicle, are properly restrained. Being properly restrained by a seatbelt or an appropriate child passenger safety seat can easily make the difference in a motorist being seriously injured or killed in a crash versus walking away from the crash with minor injuries or no injuries whatsoever.

The Kingsport Police Department encourages ALL occupants of ALL motor vehicles to wear their seatbelt ALL of the time. It is the law, but more importantly, it might just save a life. For a comprehensive guide to child passenger safety, please visit the following link:

https://TNTrafficSafety.org/CPS

By exercising a little extra care and caution, motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and school buses can all travel safely in school zones and throughout the City of Kingsport.

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 to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint
DATE: July 25, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In the ongoing effort to reduce the dangerous problem of Driving Under the Influence and resulting crashes, injuries, and deaths, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, August 19, 2022. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed time along the Fort Henry Drive corridor of Kingsport.

Beyond the risk of serious injury or death associated with impaired driving, being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can impact your life in many ways, including loss of employment, prevention of employment in certain jobs, higher insurance rates, serious financial setbacks, personal and family embarrassment, and incarceration.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to emphasize to citizens that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to drinking alcohol, but to ingesting any substance that impairs the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, 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

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Introducing K.P.D. K-9 Unit’s Newest Dog and First Female Handler

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Introducing K.P.D. K-9 Unit’s Newest Dog and First Female Handler
DATE: July 25, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department has a long history of utilizing Police K-9s and is home to the second oldest Police K-9 Unit in the State of Tennessee. Established in 1969, the K.P.D. K-9 Unit has fielded numerous teams of Sworn Officers and their 4-legged partners, but the newest team is unique in that it contains a first for the department.

Officer Carrie Phillips is K.P.D.’s first female K-9 Handler. Officer Phillips began her law enforcement career in December 2018 as a Corrections Officer at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. In September 2020, she was hired by the Kingsport Police Department and sworn in as a Police Officer.

After graduating from the Police Academy and completing the Field Training Program, Officer Phillips was assigned to the Patrol Division. In February 2022, although still fairly new to law enforcement, she did not hesitate to apply for an opening in the K-9 Unit and was ultimately selected to be a handler.

Next began the search for Officer Phillips’ new partner. K.P.D. soon reached out to Logan Haus Kennels in Lewisburg, West Virginia, a well-respected breeder and training ground of high caliber Military and Police K-9s, where two of the department’s former K-9’s originated.

Officer Phillips and a team of veteran K-9 handlers made the three and a half hour trip to West Virginia to complete some initial on-site vetting of an available dog, and upon being impressed by his performance, decided to bring him back to Kingsport to join the department’s K-9 Unit.

Officer Phillips named her new partner Whiskee. Whiskee is a two-year old Belgian Malinois. He came to K.P.D. completely green, having received no formal training. As such, Officer Phillips and Whiskee completed an intensive 8-week in-house K-9 training school under the tutelage of some of K.P.D.’s veteran K-9 trainers and handlers.

Officer Phillips and Whiskee excelled in their training, and on June 17, 2022 they were officially certified through the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA) at the Blount County Sheriff’s Office Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy in Maryville, TN.

Whiskee is certified as a “dual-purpose” police K-9, meaning he is trained for both general patrol work and drug detection applications. His certified patrol functions include such things as building search, criminal apprehension, evidence recovery, obedience, tracking, area search, etc. He is certified to detect drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

Now fully trained, Officer Phillips and Whiskee are patrolling the streets of the City of Kingsport, assigned to the K.P.D. Patrol Division’s 4th Platoon. They join three other K-9 teams in the K.P.D. K-9 Unit to include Officer Billy Boyd and his partner Reko, Officer Travis Bates and his partner Jimi, and Officer Robbie Hughes and his partner Kylo.

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: Event at Eastman Chemical Company Today

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Event at Eastman Chemical Company Today
DATE: July 22, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Friday, July 22, 2022 at 10:17 AM, Kingsport Central Dispatch received a call from Eastman Chemical Company. At that time, Eastman requested for one Kingsport Fire Department engine to respond to the Eastman Fire Department to stand-by in reference to a power outage.

At 10:31 AM, K.F.D. arrived on scene.

At 10:50 AM, Eastman released their first public statement, which read:

“Eastman is experiencing a power outage at its site. We do not yet know the cause of the outage and are working to gather more information. We will provide more information as soon as we have it.”

At 11:02 AM, out of an abundance of caution, City Manager Chris McCartt activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Kingsport Central Dispatch.

Over the next hour, Police, Fire, EMA, and City government personnel worked to gather additional information, relying extensively upon Eastman to provide that information, and then plan accordingly. The information that Eastman communicated in their public statements mirrored what they relayed to Kingsport Central Dispatch and was received by Central Dispatch along the same timeframe as their statements were shared publicly.

At 12:11 PM, Eastman released a second public statement, which read:

“Eastman is experiencing a power outage at its Kingsport manufacturing site. We are working to safely shutdown operations on site. As the shutdowns occur, loud steam venting will occur and plumes of steam will be visible. There was a release of iodine from the site flare that caused a purple plume that may have been seen offsite. This release has been stopped. We have no reason to believe this plume presented a threat onsite or outside of our plant. There are no injuries onsite and all team members are accounted for. Out of an abundance of caution employees in the impacted areas were asked to remain indoors and that shelter in place has now been lifted. We will continue to monitor and provide updates as we have them. We are also working closely with the City of Kingsport as we work through this situation.”

At 12:14 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch initiated a Hyper-Reach automated community notification alert message to be delivered to every landline and cell phone, via voice call and/or text message, within a 10-mile radius of Eastman as well as subscribed email addresses. That message read:

“The City of Kingsport is in communication with Eastman Chemical Company regarding an event earlier today. City officials are currently monitoring the situation in an attempt to gather further information. Eastman officials have advised that they do not have reason to believe that there is a threat onsite or outside of the plant. At this time, until more facts are obtained, citizens are strongly urged to avoid the area of the plant to prevent unnecessary vehicular congestion and delays, as responding personnel travel to and from the scene. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.”

Due to the design limitations of the Hyper-Reach system, that notification process can take several hours to complete and reach all intended recipients.

At 2:40 PM, based upon information known at the time, the Hyper-Reach notification process, which was still in progress, was stopped. By that time, the message had been delivered to approximately 50,000 contacts.

At 3:31 PM, K.F.D. cleared the scene and returned to station.

At 3:33 PM, the Emergency Operations Center at Kingsport Central Dispatch was deactivated.

At 3:49 PM, Eastman released a third public statement which read:

“Following a power outage that occurred this morning at the Kingsport site, all operations have been safely shut down. There is no risk to the community as a result of this outage.

‘The most important responsibility we have is the safety of our employees and our community,’ said Mark Bogle, vice president and Tennessee manufacturing site leader. ‘There were no injuries as a result of this event and Eastman did not issue any evacuation notices. In an excess of caution, employees located in the south area of the plant were asked to remain indoors and were released after a short time. As soon as we were aware of this incident, we established communication with city officials, and I would like to thank them for their partnership during this incident. I understand that events like today’s power loss can cause concern in our community. We are working to determine the cause and restart the site in the coming days.’

Due to the unplanned shutdown, we had a release of oil to the river and downstream users were notified. There was also a release of methyl iodide and iodine (purple gas) to the air. During this release, our safety systems minimized the impact of the emissions from this event as confirmed by air dispersion modeling. Air dispersion modeling indicated this event did not pose any risk to human health or the environment outside the plant. All releases were reported to the regulatory agencies as required.

As we work to restore power and restart the site, the community can expect to hear loud steam venting and see more steam than usual coming from the site.

We appreciate the hard work of our employees to safely shut down operations and are grateful for the support of our community. Eastman’s Care Line is available 24/7 for any questions or concerns you may have at 423-229-2273 (CARE).”

In situations such as this, city officials rely heavily upon subject matter experts at Eastman to provide them with accurate and timely information that can in turn be shared with the public. Based upon information city officials have received, Eastman has given no indication of any injuries, a threat onsite or outside of the plant, or a risk to the community as a result of this incident.

Moving forward, city officials will maintain active communications with Eastman regarding this event.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

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