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Entry level testing is scheduled for November 27, 2012


Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. November 2, 2012 to be eligible for the next scheduled testing. Submit completed applications to Human Resources, 225 W. Center St, Kingsport, TN 37660 or fax to 423-224-2474. EOE


Job Description (Police Officer Trainee)

General Statement of Duties: Under limited supervision, performs general or special duty police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances Police Officer trainee incumbents differ from Police Officer due to in-training status.


Essential Functions: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

Examples of Work: (Illustrative Only)

-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.

-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.


Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: 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.

Acceptable Experience and Training: Completion of high school diploma or approved GED certificate and two years experience or coursework in criminal justice or related field desired, plus POST certification. Current and valid State of Tennessee or Virginia Drivers License.



Physical Requirements: Task involves the regular, and at times sustained, performance of heavier physical tasks such as walking over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, working in confined spaces, and lifting or carrying moderately heavy (20-50 lbs.) items and occasionally very heavy (100 lbs. or over) items.

Environmental Requirements: Task may require frequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions (cold, rain, fumes, chemical sprays) and may result in exposure to blood borne pathogens requiring the use of specialized personal protective equipment.

Sensory Requirements: Task requires color perception and discrimination. Task requires sound perception and discrimination. Task requires taste perception and discrimination. Task requires odor perception and discrimination. Task requires depth perception and discrimination. Task requires texture perception and discrimination. Task requires visual perception and discrimination. Task requires oral communications ability.

Reasonable Accommodation(s): Reasonable accommodation(s) if needed will be provided for the employee to perform the required job with adequate strength, dexterity, coordination and visual acuity and in a manner that does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of the employee or others in the workplace.