KPD e-News Release: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department (Final Notice)

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: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department (Final Notice)
DATE: April 8, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
This is the final notice. Only three days remain to apply to become a Corrections Officer for the Kingsport Police Department. Don’t wait…apply today!

As previously released:

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer, also commonly referred to as Jailer, with the Kingsport Police Department. Applications will be accepted until April 11, 2021. 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.

As Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) regulations require an equal number of male and female Corrections Officers on staff, the current vacancy is only for a female Corrections Officer. Male Corrections Officer positions are presently fully staffed.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

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

The starting salary for a Kingsport Police Department Corrections Officer is $14.00 per hour or $29,120.00 annually. 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.

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 423-224-9424.

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: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department

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: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department (Reissue)
DATE: April 5, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Approximately one week remains to apply to become a Corrections Officer for the Kingsport Police Department.

As previously released:

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer, also commonly referred to as Jailer, with the Kingsport Police Department. Applications will be accepted until April 11, 2021. 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.

As Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) regulations require an equal number of male and female Corrections Officers on staff, the current vacancy is only for a female Corrections Officer. Male Corrections Officer positions are presently fully staffed.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

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

The starting salary for a Kingsport Police Department Corrections Officer is $14.00 per hour or $29,120.00 annually. 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.

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 423-224-9424.

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 to Emphasize Distracted Driving Education and Enforcement During Month of April

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 Emphasize Distracted Driving Education and Enforcement During Month of April
DATE: April 5, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Kingsport Police Department will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to bring increased educational and enforcement efforts to this important subject.

For the past decade, distracted driving has taken U.S. roadways by storm, endangering not only the distracted drivers, but their passengers, pedestrians and others on the road — including bicyclists.

The past year has brought a lot of distractions and changes in our life, but when we’re behind the wheel we must be focused on one task: safe driving. Anytime you divert your attention from driving, you’re distracted. This includes texting, talking, using your phone, adjusting the radio, setting your navigation, applying makeup, eating or drinking.

Distracted Driving is deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9% of all fatal crashes involved distracted drivers. From 2012—2019, approximately 26,000 people died in crashes involving distracted drivers, with 3,142 of these lost lives occurring during 2019 alone.

WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?

Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in activities that divert the driver’s attention away from the road. There are three forms of distracted driving: cognitive, visual, and manual. Texting and driving (which also includes other forms of electronic messaging) is extremely dangerous, because it involves all three forms of distracted driving.

1. Cognitive distraction occurs when the driver’s mind is not focused on driving. Examples include talking to passengers in the vehicle, thinking about stressful issues, or listening to loud music.

2. Visual distraction occurs when the driver is not focused on looking at the road ahead. Examples include looking for items around the vehicle, looking down at a GPS device, or watching a movie/video on a mobile phone.

3. Manual distraction occurs when the driver takes one or both hands off the wheel for any reason. Examples include eating food or drinking beverages, reaching backwards, or handling a mobile device.

HANDS FREE TENNESSEE

According to Public Chapter No. 412, it is illegal for a driver to:

(a) hold a cellphone or mobile device with any part of their body,
(b) write, send, or read any text-based communication,
(c) reach for a cellphone or mobile device in a manner that requires the driver to no longer be in a seated driving position or properly restrained by a seat belt,
(d) watch a video or movie on a cellphone or mobile device, and
(e) record or broadcast video on a cellphone or mobile device.

For more information, please visit www.HandsFreeTN.com.

HELPFUL TIPS

Here are a few tips to help you plan ahead, so you remain focused and alert while driving.

1. Put your mobile phone away.

Pull over, if you need to make a phone call or send a text message. Never use a mobile device while driving. A hands-free device is safer to use, but the driver should still exercise caution and remain focused on the road.

2. Set your GPS in advance.

Program your GPS navigation before you leave the driveway. If you need to adjust your GPS, then pull over. Never operate GPS navigation while driving.

3. Safely secure child passengers and pets.

Make sure all passengers are properly secured before you begin driving. If child passengers or pets become disruptive within the vehicle, then pull over to address the disruptions.

4. Eat beforehand.

Make time in your schedule to eat before your trip. Never eat behind the wheel.

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 Department Awarded CALEA Reaccreditation for Ninth Consecutive Time

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 Department Awarded CALEA Reaccreditation for Ninth Consecutive Time
DATE: March 31, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Friday, March 26, 2021, the Kingsport Police Department’s Chief of Police, Dale Phipps, Professional Standards Unit Supervisor, Lieutenant Chris Tincher, and Accreditation Manager, Sergeant Glenn Cradic, appeared before the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) during their virtual Spring 2021 Conference where K.P.D. received “Advanced Meritorious Gold Standard Reaccreditation,” a distinguished award reserved for agencies that have been continuously accredited for fifteen years or more.

The Kingsport Police Department has now successfully navigated through the accreditation process a total of nine times. First accredited through CALEA in 1992, the department has since maintained accreditation for over a quarter century, having been previously reaccredited in 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2017.

“For nearly three decades CALEA Accreditation has given the Kingsport Police Department the ability to hold our facilities, our policies, our individual officers, and our department as a whole to the absolute highest standards and recognized best practices of professional law enforcement services,” said Chief Phipps. “Our ongoing partnership with CALEA and this most recent Reaccreditation brings abundant resources to the City of Kingsport, as well as a tremendous sense of pride for the Kingsport Police Department and the community we are sworn to serve and protect.”

The CALEA Accreditation program provides public safety agencies with an opportunity to voluntarily meet, and show proof of compliance with, an established set of 459 highly regarded and broadly recognized professional law enforcement standards, which require:

  • Comprehensive and uniform written directives that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities
  • Reports and analyses to make fact-based and informed management decisions
  • Preparedness to address natural or man-made critical incidents
  • Community relationship-building and maintenance
  • Independent review by subject matter experts
  • Continuous pursuit of excellence through annual reviews and other assessment measures

The purpose of CALEA is to improve the delivery of public safety services by maintaining a body of professional standards that support the administration of accreditation programs.

CALEA Accreditation succeeds through:

  • Agency Leadership
    • Serves as a resource management tool
    • Establishes trusted processes and best practices
    • Provides a planning framework
    • Encourages organizational growth and improvement
  • Agency Personnel
    • Ensures contemporary equipment and training
    • Promotes sound operational decisions
    • Establishes supportive personnel practices
  • The Community
    • Fosters community awareness
    • Creates organizational transparency
    • Promotes open dialogue and information-sharing

For additional information regarding CALEA Accreditation, please visit www.CALEA.org.

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: Text to 911 Now an Option in Kingsport (Update #2)

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: Text to 911 Now an Option in Kingsport (Update #2)
DATE: March 30, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update #2: A third mobile carrier has enabled the Text to 911 service for its customers. Effective immediately, T-Mobile customers in the Kingsport Emergency Communications District will have the capability to Text to 911. All three major cellular telephone carriers in this area, to include Verizon, AT&T Wireless, and T-Mobile, have now enabled this service for their customers.

As previously released:

Update: Effective immediately, Text to 911 is now available for both Verizon and AT&T Wireless customers in the Kingsport 911 Emergency Communications District. Other area cell phone carriers are expected to enable this service for their customers in the near future.

As previously released:

Effective immediately, some cellular telephone customers in the Kingsport 911 Emergency Communications District will be able to Text to 911. It is important to note that for the time being, this capability only exists for AT&T Wireless customers; however, other area cell phone carriers, such as Verizon and T-Mobile, are expected to enable this service for their customers in the near future.

While Text to 911 is now a possibility, we would like to strongly emphasize that calling should always be the preferred method for contacting 911. That’s why we are adopting the slogan, “911: Call if you can. Text if you can’t.”

Just as when calling 911, texting 911 should only be done in the event of an actual emergency. Non-emergency calls to Kingsport Central Dispatch still need to be made to 423-246-9111, and that number is not able to receive text messages.

Text to 911 is especially beneficial to those who are hearing- or speech-impaired, but citizens should only text 911 when calling 911 is unsafe or not possible. Examples include when:

  • Callers can’t speak due to a threat, illness, or medical condition
  • Callers have poor reception and can only send text messages
  • Phone lines and cell phone towers are overwhelmed, and only texts can get through

If you send a text message to 911, you should always try to include the following information:

1) Your name

2) Your location (specific address, intersection, or mile-marker)

3) The particular type of emergency you are experiencing (medical, fire, crime in progress, etc.)

4) Your telephone number (just in case the Caller ID feature were to fail to provide it)

Don’t just send your initial text to 911 and then put your phone down and forget it! Texting 911 will be a two-way interactive conversation. You should be prepared to receive and respond to follow-up text messages from a Communications Specialist so that they can obtain any additional necessary information to enable them to provide the appropriate response to your emergency.

Text to 911 may not always work due to a variety of factors beyond our control. If you send a text message to 911 and your carrier has not enabled this service, or if your text is inadvertently received by a neighboring dispatch center that is not set up for this service, you will receive a “bounce-back message” to instruct you to call 911 by voice instead.

Try to have a back-up plan to allow you to call 911 if your message isn’t received. If you send a text to 911 and get no response whatsoever, you should assume that your text did not go through and find a way to make a voice call to 911 immediately.

A few additional extremely important factors include:

  • Emojis, ideograms, smileys, and GIFs should never be used.
  • Text shorthand (TTYL, IIRC, IMHO, etc.) should never be used.
  • Pictures and videos are not compatible with Text to 911 at this time, but they might be added at a later date.
  • Messages need to be clear, concise, and written in plain and simple, easy to understand language.

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: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department

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: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department
DATE: March 27, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer, also commonly referred to as Jailer, with the Kingsport Police Department. Applications will be accepted until April 11, 2021. 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.

As Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) regulations require an equal number of male and female Corrections Officers on staff, the current vacancy is only for a female Corrections Officer. Male Corrections Officer positions are presently fully staffed.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

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

The starting salary for a Kingsport Police Department Corrections Officer is $14.00 per hour or $29,120.00 annually. 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.

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 423-224-9424.

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: Dale Phipps Named Kingsport’s 15th Chief of Police

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: Dale Phipps Named Kingsport’s 15th Chief of Police
DATE: March 26, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Earlier today, March 26, 2021, Dale Phipps was named Chief of Police of the City of Kingsport Police Department. The men and women of the Kingsport Police Department offer Chief Phipps our most sincere congratulations, as we look forward to continuing to serve and protect the citizens of Kingsport under his leadership.

The following narrative was issued earlier today in an official news release by the City of Kingsport, but is being reprinted here:

Effective immediately, Dale Phipps has been officially appointed as the fifteenth Chief of Police of the City of Kingsport Police Department. Phipps has served as Interim Chief of Police during the transition phase while the formal hiring process took place to replace former Police Chief David Quillin, who retired late last year after 35 years of service.

“I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been named Chief of Police of such a highly professional law enforcement agency in such a supportive community,” said Phipps. “I look forward to not just leading, but also working alongside, the fine men and women of the Kingsport Police Department as we move forward into the future.”

Phipps has nearly 33 years of service himself with almost half that time as Deputy Chief overseeing administration and operations. He is also a husband, father of three, grandfather of six, and is active in the community.

He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University (A.S. Law Enforcement / B.S. Criminal Justice) and the F.B.I. National Academy. Prior to entering the law enforcement profession, he served four years in the United States Air Force Security Police.

During his career with the Kingsport Police Department, he has served as Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and Supervisor of the Vice and Narcotics Unit before eventually returning to the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander. Throughout the years he has served in several specialized roles including S.W.A.T. Team Operator, Community Relations and Crime Prevention Officer, and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor.

The city utilized a thorough and competitive process comprised of both internal and external candidates to select the new Chief of Police, but ultimately concluded that the Kingsport Police Department was already in extremely capable hands.

“I have had the privilege of working with Chief Phipps for well over a decade, and he has continually demonstrated to me, and others, that he has all the qualities to lead our Police Department,” said City Manager Chris McCartt. “The interview process confirmed everything I knew about Chief Phipps both personally and professionally. This process also further strengthened the fact that we are blessed to have a very well-trained police department that can serve and lead our city for decades to come.”

The Kingsport Police Department has been internationally-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for 29 years—an achievement earned by only 1,148 of the more than 17,000 state and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

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 Attempting to Locate Missing Fifteen Year Old

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim 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 Missing Fifteen Year Old
DATE: March 23, 2021
CASE #: 21-005916
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of March 22, 2021, Caiden Burgett was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. He was last seen two days prior in the 300 block of Clinchfield Street in Kingsport. While investigators have no reason to suspect foul play at this time, due to his minor age, every possible effort is being made to locate him.

His photograph and detailed description have been included in this release. Anyone who sees him or knows where he might be located 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 Caiden Burgett
Age 15 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 11 inches

220 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Blue eyes

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Khaki shorts

Black “Barberitos” t-shirt

Black athletic shoes

Last Known Location 300 block of Clinchfield Street

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: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Male Teenager

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim 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 Missing Male Teenager
DATE: March 23, 2021
CASE #: 21-005699
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the afternoon of March 19, 2021, Michael D’Shaun Brice was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. He was last seen near the intersection of East Center Street and Dale Street in Kingsport. While investigators have no reason to suspect foul play at this time, due to his minor age, every possible effort is being made to locate him.

His photograph and detailed description have been included in this release. Anyone who sees him or knows where he might be located 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 Michael D’Shaun Brice
Age 15 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Height/

Weight

6 feet

130 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black hair

Brown eyes

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Black pullover hooded sweatshirt

Black jeans

Black Nike athletic shoes

Last Known Location Intersection of East Center Street and Dale Street

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Request Public Assistance in Identifying Misdemeanor Suspects
DATE: March 18, 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 #: 20-026168

CASE #: 21-000284 (photo 1)

CASE #: 21-000284 (photo 2)

CASE #: 21-001773

CASE #: 21-002033

CASE #: 21-002398

CASE #: 21-002574

CASE #: 21-003149 (photo 1)

CASE #: 21-003149 (photo 2)

CASE #: 21-004440

CASE #: 21-005316

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton