KPD e-Press Release: K.P.D. Announces Upcoming Citizens Police Academy

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Event Information

Type of Event K.P.D. Announces Upcoming Citizens Police Academy
Date of Release August 30, 2013


Event Citizens Police Academy
Registration Deadline Friday, September 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Academy Begins Monday, October 7, 2013
Academy Ends Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Academy Graduation Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the B.M.A. Meeting
Number of Classes Eight (8)
Academy Classes Meet 2 Nights a Week for Four Consecutive Weeks

Monday and Tuesday Evenings at 6:00 PM

Each Class Duration 2 to 3 Hours

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce an upcoming class of the highly acclaimed Citizens Police Academy.

K.P.D.’s Citizens Academy is open to individuals 18 years of age or older who either reside or work within the city limits. The Academy is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 7, 2013. Classes will meet twice each week on Monday and Tuesday evenings for four consecutive weeks at 6:00 PM, with the final class being held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Each class will last approximately two to three hours.

The Citizens Academy is not designed to prepare citizens to become police officers; however, it will give citizens a chance to walk a few steps in an officer’s shoes to get the feel of 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 a mixture of classroom presentations, demonstrations, and hands on activities.

Class topics include:

1) Introduction to K.P.D., Justice Center Tour

2) Collision and D.U.I. investigations

3) Crime Scene Investigations

4) E.O.D. (Explosive Ordinance Disposal)

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 13, 2013 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, visit the department’s website at and click on the Citizens Academy tab.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit


Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

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