Police Officer

Kingsport, TN
Kingsport Police Department

Salary: $20.25 Hourly.

Position Summary:

Performs general or special duty police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Assignment may be as necessitated by department need (ex: CID, Patrol, Training, etc.)

Essential Functions:

  • Work normally consists of routine patrol of a designated area of city and/or areas which have a high incidence of accidents or crime and school zones during peak student traffic;
  • Monitors intersection traffic lights and stop signs for possible violations;
  • May concentrate on DUI drivers and the traffic flow on arterials; runs periodic business checks.
  • Prevents and discovers commission of crimes;
  • Apprehends criminals and offenders;
  • Makes presence known consistent with community policing and in a manner which contributes to deterrence and solving of crime;
  • Answers calls/radio complaints involving fire, vehicle accidents, robberies, domestic violence situations, neighborhood disturbances and other misdemeanors, felonies, or service calls;
  • Secures crime scene.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witnesses and issues citations or makes arrests if appropriate;
  • Interviews witnesses, gathers information and prepares detailed report;
  • Prepares case files for court prosecution;
  • Participates in annual and other regular training programs in police methods and procedure, target practice and related subjects.
  • Testifies as a witness in court proceedings and participates in community service activities as a spokesperson of the department.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of applicable case law in the areas of arrest, probable cause and search and seizure;
  • Knowledge of departmental procedures, rules and regulations;
  • Knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures with the ability to recall and apply this knowledge to specific situations;
  • Knowledge of the geography of the City of Kingsport and surrounding community including the location of important buildings;
  • Skill in dealing courteously but firmly with people;
  • Skill in applying good judgment and make effective decisions under pressure;
  • Skill in preparing clear, comprehensive and accurate reports;
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other police equipment.
  • Minimum of high school diploma or high school equivalent.
  • Additional education and/or experience accepted.
  • Must possess, a valid State of Tennessee or Virginia Driver’s License.
  • Must be, or able to become, POST certified.