KPD e-News Release: Northbound Interstate 81 Closed Due to Crash

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Northbound Interstate 81 Closed Due to Crash
DATE: May 23, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 23, 2018, as of 2:15 PM, northbound Interstate 81 at mile-marker 50 is completely closed as a result of a motor vehicle collision. The crash itself is being investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, so all inquiries regarding the crash should be directed to that agency.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is in the process of setting up detours; therefore, any inquiries regarding the status of road closures and detours should be directed to that agency.

Motorists should make every possible effort to plan an alternate route and avoid the area, so as to avoid unnecessary congestion and delays. Anyone already in the area is asked to obey all traffic instructions, exercise caution and patience, and drive with a heightened sense of awareness.

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: Suspect/Vehicle Sought in Transmission World Burglary

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect/Vehicle Sought in Transmission World Burglary
DATE: May 23, 2018
CASE #: 18-013433
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 5, 2018 at approximately 3:15 AM, an unidentified suspect burglarized Transmission World, located at 2530 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The suspect stole five tool sets with an estimated total value of $5,000. The suspect then fled the scene in a white 2-door coupe with a sunroof.

Images of the suspect and his vehicle, taken from surveillance video footage, have been included in this release. A clip of the actual footage has also been made available for viewing via the link below:

https://youtu.be/HDJBqgY0DtM

Anyone who recognizes either the suspect or his vehicle 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

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 Prioritizing Seat Belt Enforcement During National “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

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 Prioritizing Seat Belt Enforcement
During National “Click It or Ticket” Campaign
DATE: May 21, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacation, the Kingsport Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” From May 21 to June 3, 2018 participating agencies across the state will increase seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide mobilization.

Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car, but it is so much more than that. Buckling up is the law. Law enforcement, and other first responders, see the consequences of not buckling up firsthand. We see the loss of life. Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. It should be automatic.

According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), 315 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt. This represents approximately 30 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2017.

According to the NHTSA, nearly half (48 percent) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. At night from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM, that number soared to 56 percent of those killed. That is why one focus of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.

For more information about seat belt safety or the THSO, visit www.TNTrafficSafety.org.

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: Public Invited to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Police Department (Reminder)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Public Invited to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Police Department (Reminder)
DATE: May 14, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Reminder: The Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held this afternoon, Monday, May 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM at the Kingsport Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame, located on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport.

As previously released:

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Traditionally, the local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 conducts a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Justice Center during National Police Week.

The service this year will be held this coming Monday, May 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM at the Kingsport Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame, located on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. As always, the department extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us as we remember and honor our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation.

State Representative John Crawford, of the Tennessee General Assembly House of Representatives, will serve as the keynote speaker. Representative Crawford is a lifelong advocate of law enforcement with nearly two decades of service as a Reserve Officer with the Kingsport Police Department, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office.

The local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 is named in honor of two of the Kingsport Police Department’s Fallen Officers, Patrolman Ira H. Burgess and Patrolman John E. Mills, who were tragically shot and killed in the line of duty in 1950 and 1940 respectively. Information regarding these and all of K.P.D.’s Fallen Officers can be found in the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/police-department/our-fallen-officers/

The following inscription is found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

“This Memorial is dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers in the United States of America. Inscribed on these walls are the names of those men and women who died in the line of duty. It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”

Links to the National Police Week website, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, and the Officer Down Memorial Page are provided below:

www.PoliceWeek.org

http://www.NLEOMF.com

www.ODMP.org

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: Public Invited to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Police Department

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Public Invited to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Police Department
DATE: May 10, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Traditionally, the local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 conducts a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Justice Center during National Police Week.

The service this year will be held this coming Monday, May 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM at the Kingsport Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame, located on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. As always, the department extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us as we remember and honor our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation.

State Representative John Crawford, of the Tennessee General Assembly House of Representatives, will serve as the keynote speaker. Representative Crawford is a lifelong advocate of law enforcement with nearly two decades of service as a Reserve Officer with the Kingsport Police Department, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office.

The local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 is named in honor of two of the Kingsport Police Department’s Fallen Officers, Patrolman Ira H. Burgess and Patrolman John E. Mills, who were tragically shot and killed in the line of duty in 1950 and 1940 respectively. Information regarding these and all of K.P.D.’s Fallen Officers can be found in the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/police-department/our-fallen-officers/

The following inscription is found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

“This Memorial is dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers in the United States of America. Inscribed on these walls are the names of those men and women who died in the line of duty. It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”

Links to the National Police Week website, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, and the Officer Down Memorial Page are provided below:

www.PoliceWeek.org

http://www.NLEOMF.com

www.ODMP.org

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 Conducting Citizen Survey

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 Conducting Citizen Survey
DATE: May 10, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
For the next few weeks, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a citizen survey as part of the accreditation process. K.P.D. is internationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

K.P.D. was first accredited through CALEA in 1992. The department has maintained accreditation now for over 25 consecutive years, being reaccredited in 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2017. The benefits of CALEA accreditation include greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil litigation, staunch support from government officials, and increased community advocacy.

CALEA requires that an accredited agency must be in compliance with nearly 500 individual professional standards. One such standard requires that the agency conduct a documented survey of citizen attitudes and opinions at least once every two (2) years.

The survey is designed to be used as a platform for organizational learning, asking specific questions about the quality of policing in the community. The survey questions are constructed so as to gauge citizen feedback with respect to:

1) Overall agency performance,

2) Overall competence of agency employees,

3) Citizens’ perception of officers’ attitudes and behavior,

4) Community concern over safety and security within the agency’s service area, and

5) Citizens’ recommendations and suggestions for improvements.

To take the 2018 Citizen Survey, click the link below:

https://www.KingsportTN.gov/Police-Department/Citizen-Survey

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 Strive to Reduce Injuries and Save Lives Through Seatbelt Checkpoint (Date Correction)

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 Strive to Reduce Injuries and Save Lives Through Seatbelt Checkpoint (Date Correction)
DATE: May 7, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
This news release has been reissued to reflect the correct date of May 16, 2018 for the seatbelt checkpoint.

On May 16, 2018 at an undisclosed period of time and location within the city limits of Kingsport, the Kingsport Police Department will be emphasizing our seatbelt education and enforcement activities through a seatbelt checkpoint. The ultimate goal of this effort is to reduce injuries and save lives in motor vehicle collisions that inevitably occur.

In the State of Tennessee, a violation of the seatbelt law is considered a primary offense, meaning that if an officer observes a motorist not wearing a seatbelt, or a child not properly restrained in a child passenger safety seat, the officer may stop and cite the motorist for the seatbelt or child passenger safety seat violation without observing any other criminal or traffic offenses.

Occupant protection laws apply not just to the driver, and not just to the front seat, but to every individual in the automobile. At the age of 16, a passenger assumes personal responsibility for the wearing of their seatbelt and would receive their own citation for not wearing one; however, the driver would be cited for each passenger under the age of 16 who is not properly restrained.

Wearing a seatbelt 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 your life.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton