|Reminder: There are less than ten (10) days remaining to submit your application to become a Kingsport Police Officer. For the first time in several decades, no written entrance exam will be administered. In an attempt to encourage more qualified candidates to apply, the testing process for this session will begin with a physical agility evaluation. Apply today at:
As previously released:
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire several new officers out of this application process to fill any existing and upcoming vacancies. Applications are being accepted from May 18, 2019 until no later than June 2, 2019. Those interested must submit a new application regardless of whether or not they have applied or tested with K.P.D. in the past.
Individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement are 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 25, 2019. Applicants are asked to only submit their application once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:
Following the June 2nd 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 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 both June 18 and June 25, 2019. Applicants will be divided alphabetically and will be assigned one of these two dates and notified accordingly. These sessions 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, and endurance 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. General criteria to be considered for selection for an interview will be outlined in the confirmation email and letter each applicant will receive to notify them of their testing date.
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 is $15.92 per hour or $33,119 annually. Applicants who are already certified law enforcement officers may be eligible for a salary adjustment 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 residency 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; 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 a law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department, please call Lieutenant Chris Tincher with the K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit at 423-343-9805.