KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Announces Next Police Applicant Testing Session in Anticipation of Hiring 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 Next Police Applicant Testing Session in Anticipation of Hiring Several Officers
DATE: May 10, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department has scheduled the next Police Applicant Testing Session for Tuesday, June 14, 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 May 29, 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 December 14, 2022. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

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

Following the May 29th 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, June 14, 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 June 20-24, 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 $17.84 per hour or $37,107 annually, which is a nearly $1,800 per year increase over the previous entry level salary. 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: Kingsport Police and Local FOP Invite Public to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service

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: Kingsport Police and Local FOP Invite Public to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service
DATE: May 9, 2022
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.

This year, National Police Week will take place from May 15 through 21, 2022. 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 Friday, May 13, 2022 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.

Paul Gray (FOP Lodge President/FBI Special Agent (retired)) will serve as Master of Ceremonies, Chief of Police Dale Phipps of the Kingsport Police Department will deliver the keynote address, Commander Sean Chambers of the Kingsport Police Department will read the roll call of fallen officers, and Bobby Russell (Sullivan County Circuit Court Clerk/Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office (retired)) will offer the invocation and benediction.

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:

http://www.PoliceWeek.org

http://www.NLEOMF.com

https://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: Rider Killed When Motorcycle Runs Off Moreland Drive

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: Rider Killed When Motorcycle Runs Off Moreland Drive
DATE: April 21, 2022
CASE #: 22-007222
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 20, 2022 at approximately 9:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Moreland Drive near South John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. Due to the serious nature of the crash, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit responded to investigate. Their findings thus far are as follows:

A maroon 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, operated and solely ridden by Robert A. Murphy of Kingsport, had just exited from southbound South John B. Dennis Highway and had started traveling along Moreland Drive toward Colonial Heights.

The motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve, resulting in the motorcycle running off the right side of the roadway. The motorcycle struck a concrete divider and lost control, ultimately striking a guard rail. Mr. Murphy was thrown from the impact and killed in the crash.

This incident remains under open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. As such, no additional details are available at this time.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Harley-Davidson
Model Motorcycle
Year 2017
Type Motorcycle
Color Maroon
Damage Disabling Damage
Operator Name Robert A. Murphy
Age 44 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
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: Two Injured, Two Ejected and Killed, in I-81 Single Vehicle 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: Two Injured, Two Ejected and Killed, in I-81 Single Vehicle Crash
DATE: April 16, 2022
CASE #: 22-006898
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 16, 2022, just before 10:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the interchange of Interstate 81 and State Route 126 in Kingsport in reference to a single motor vehicle collision. Due to the serious nature of the crash, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was called to the scene to investigate. Their findings thus far are as follows:

A dark blue 2013 Hyundai Elantra 4-door sedan was northbound on Interstate 81 approaching exit 66 when for unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted to the left into the center grass median. The vehicle crashed through a guard rail, went airborne, dropped between the northbound and southbound overpasses, and came to rest on State Route 126 below.

At the time of the crash, the vehicle was being driven by Eveline Janete Nunez Zavala, with front seat passenger, Ever Samuel Zavala. Ms. Zavala and Ever Samuel Zavala were both wearing their seatbelts and remained in the vehicle, but had to be extricated by first responders. Ms. Zavala sustained non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to an area hospital by Sullivan County EMS. Ever Samuel Zavala sustained suspected major injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital by Wings Air Rescue.

Believed to have been riding in the back seat at the time of the crash were Lester E. Martinez Zavala and Kevin Alexander Ramirez Moncada. Neither were wearing their seatbelts, and both were ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Both sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.

Interstate 81 traffic was not affected; however, State Route 126 remained closed for nearly 4 hours to allow for a safe and thorough investigation of the crash. The scene is now clear, and normal traffic patterns have resumed.

This crash remains under open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. As such, no further information is available for release at this time.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to stress the importance of all motor vehicle occupants, even those riding in the back seat, wearing their seatbelts. Doing so will significantly decrease the chances of you being ejected during a crash, and it might just save your life.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Hyundai
Model Elantra
Year 2013
Type 4-door Sedan
Color Dark Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Eveline Janete Nunez Zavala
Age 44 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/Hispanic
Residency Culpepper, VA
Injuries Non-Incapacitating Injury
Front Seat

Passenger

Name Ever Samuel Zavala
Age 35 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Hispanic
Residency Culpepper, VA
Injuries Suspected Major Injury
Back Seat

Passenger

Name Lester E. Martinez Zavala
Age 41 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Hispanic
Residency Ozone Park, NY
Injuries Fatal
Back Seat

Passenger

Name Kevin Alexander Ramirez Moncada
Age 18 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Hispanic
Residency Unknown
Injuries Fatal
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 Teenager

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 Missing Teenager
DATE: April 13, 2022
CASE #: 22-005144
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of March 21, 2022 Jackson Walker (15 year old white male) was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. 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 description and other identifying information, as well as his photograph, have been included in this release. Anyone who sees him, or may know his current whereabouts, 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 INFORMATION
Name Jackson Walker
Age 15 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 5 inches

180 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Blue Eyes

Other Description Clock tattoo on left hand
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Blue t-shirt

Faded blue jeans

Black socks

Last Known Location Intersection of Gibson Mill Road at Robertson 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 Detectives Investigating Shooting Incident

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 Detectives Investigating Shooting Incident
DATE: April 13, 2022
CASE #: 22-006648
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the morning of April 13, 2022 the Kingsport Police Department was notified that an adult male was being treated at an area hospital for what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

The individual had originally arrived by private vehicle at a hospital in Kingsport and had then been transferred to another hospital in a neighboring jurisdiction. His injuries, while serious, do not initially appear to be life-threatening.

This matter is currently under investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. At this time, Detectives are still attempting to determine where the incident actually occurred.

As this remains an active investigation with many questions still unanswered, no additional information is currently available.

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 9-1-1 Communications Specialists Honored During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 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: Kingsport 9-1-1 Communications Specialists Honored During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2022
DATE: April 11, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Communications Specialists, also known as Dispatchers, of the Kingsport Emergency Communications District, are being honored this week, April 10 through 16, 2022, as part of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW). Communications Specialists are the calm, yet highly trained, voice on the phone whenever a citizen calls 9-1-1 for help during an emergency.

Every year during the second week of April, telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. This week-long event was originally created in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California. Her goal was to set aside a time to celebrate and thank these individuals who dedicate their lives to serving the public, and make people aware of their hard work and dedication.

The Communications Specialists of Kingsport Central Dispatch process roughly a quarter of a million telephone calls annually. Approximately twenty percent (50,000) of these calls are emergency calls to 9-1-1. Although a division of the Kingsport Police Department, Kingsport Central Dispatch also provides services for the Kingsport Fire Department, Sullivan County E.M.S., Kingsport Life Saving Crew, and other city departments and functions.

Kingsport Central Dispatch moved into the current 7,500 square foot, state-of-the-art, 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center in Downtown Kingsport in October 2015. Central Dispatch had previously been housed in a cramped 1,000 square foot space on the second floor of the Kingsport Justice Center since 1989. Prior to that, Central Dispatch operated out of the basement of the Civic Auditorium.

Kingsport Central Dispatch personnel serve under the supervision of the 9-1-1 Director, Lieutenant Kevin Hite, and include Communications Supervisor, Adrianna Sorge, Technical Services Coordinator, Richie Hite, 4 Shift Leaders, and 16 Communications Specialists, most of whom are Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) certified. The Kingsport Police Department would like to take this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to all of the employees of Kingsport 9-1-1 and congratulate them on a job well done.

Several of Kingsport 9-1-1’s Communications Specialists are additionally certified as Emergency Number Professionals (ENPs) by the National Emergency Number Association. The ENP program was established in 1994 as a way to establish a benchmark of performance for professionals in the 9-1-1 field. In order to be certified as an ENP, applicants must first meet eligibility requirements that include a combination of experience, education, and professional development in the 9-1-1 field. Candidates then must pass a rigorous examination that demonstrates a mastery of the comprehensive knowledge base required of emergency number program management.

For additional information regarding Kingsport Central Dispatch, please visit the following links:

https://www.KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Department/Administrative_Bureau/Central_Dispatch/

http://Kingsport911.org/

For additional information regarding National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week or the National and Tennessee Emergency Number Associations, please visit the following links:

http://www.NPSTW.org/

http://www.NENA.org/

https://www.TENA911.com/

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. Promotes “Slow Down Tennessee” Campaign to Reduce Speeding-Related Crashes

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. Promotes “Slow Down Tennessee” Campaign to Reduce Speeding-Related Crashes
DATE: April 11, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Slow Down Tennessee.” During April 15 – 29, 2022, K.P.D. will be prioritizing education, awareness, and enforcement efforts to help reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide.

The State of Tennessee requires motorists to always exercise due care and maintain a safe speed while driving. Speed limits may vary depending on the county and road conditions; therefore, drivers must always pay attention and adhere to posted speed limits to ensure the safety of all roadway users.

For more information about speeding, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/slow.

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 Being Accepted for Communications Specialist in Kingsport 911

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: Applications Being Accepted for Communications Specialist in Kingsport 911
DATE: April 5, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport is currently accepting applications for the position of Communications Specialist to serve in the Kingsport 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center. Communications Specialists, also known as Dispatchers, are the calm, yet highly trained, voice on the phone whenever a citizen calls 9-1-1 for assistance in an emergency.

Starting salary is $15.38 per hour or $31,997 annually. Pay incentives are negotiable for applicants with prior 9-1-1 dispatch experience.

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.

Applications are being accepted through Sunday, April 17, 2022. All applications must be submitted online by visiting the following link:

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

The Communications Specialists of Kingsport Central Dispatch process roughly a quarter of a million telephone calls annually. Approximately twenty percent (50,000) of these calls are emergency calls to 9-1-1. Although a division of the Kingsport Police Department, Kingsport Central Dispatch also provides services for the Kingsport Fire Department, Sullivan County E.M.S., Kingsport Life Saving Crew, and other city departments and functions.

Kingsport Central Dispatch moved into the current 7,500 square foot, state-of-the-art, 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center in Downtown Kingsport in October 2015. Central Dispatch had previously been housed in a cramped 1,000 square foot space on the second floor of the Kingsport Justice Center since 1989. Prior to that, Central Dispatch operated out of the basement of the Civic Auditorium.

Kingsport Central Dispatch personnel serve under the supervision of the Executive Director of Kingsport 9-1-1, and when fully staffed include a Communications Supervisor, a Technical Services Coordinator, 4 Shift Leaders, and 16 Communications Specialists, all of whom are Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) certified.

For additional information regarding Kingsport Central Dispatch, please visit the following links:

https://www.KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Department/Administrative_Bureau/Central_Dispatch/

http://Kingsport911.org/

For assistance with the application process, please contact the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department by calling 423-229-9401. For questions regarding the position of Communications Specialist/Dispatcher, please call the Executive Director of Kingsport 9-1-1 at 423-229-9358.

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. Attempting to Locate Missing Teen Girl

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. Attempting to Locate Missing Teen Girl
DATE: March 28, 2022
CASE #: 22-005438
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of March 25, 2022 Mariah Alexandra Valerio was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. While investigators have no reason to suspect foul play at this time, due to her minor age, every possible effort is being made to locate her.

Her photograph and detailed description are included in this release. Anyone who sees her, or who may know her current whereabouts, 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 PERSON INFORMATION
Name Mariah Alexandra Valerio
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female Hispanic
Height/

Weight

5 feet 4 inches

119 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Other Description Nose ring in right nostril
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Last seen wearing:

· Black hooded jacket

· Black pants

Last Known Location 1100 block of Dorothy 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