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Johnson City Police Department opens hiring process

The Johnson City Police Department is looking for potential officers with integrity, good judgement, and the willingness to make a difference in our community.

The first step in the department’s hiring process is the Police Officer Examination. Registrations for the upcoming test date will be accepted through Oct. 14.

The Johnson City Police Department currently has multiple openings. New officers receive nine weeks of paid training at the police academy, followed by 16 weeks of on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced field training officers. New officers will start on one of five patrol units, working 12-hour shifts with an uninterrupted seven-day break each month. Starting trainee pay is $40,227.20 and moves to $42,265.60 after completion of the probationary period. 

Johnson City Police officers have the opportunity to serve on numerous specialty units such as the Canine Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Bomb Squad, and the School Resource Officer Program.

Successful police applicants with the following certifications will be eligible for incentives:

Tennessee POST Certification                                                                          $2,100 incentive

Other state POST Certification (requires transition school)           $1,000 incentive

To register for the Police Officer Examination, applicants must be 21 years of age by Oct. 21, 2022 and have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude other than a minor traffic violation. The Police Department has a tattoo policy that is available in full from Human Resources. 

To apply to take the Police Officer Examination, please visit the following link:

Once an application is submitted, instructions on how to register for the exam will be emailed. After all documentation for registration has been submitted, an exam packet will be emailed. 

 Applicants must provide copies of the following documents:

  • City of Johnson City Application for Employment (available at
  • Birth Certificate
  • High School Diploma/GED or Transcript with Graduation Date
  • Driver License
  • Social Security Card
  • College/University Diploma (if applicable)
  • Proof of P.O.S.T. Certification (if applicable)
  • DD-214 for Veterans Credit (if applicable)

When registering, a test date and time for the Police Officer Examination will be scheduled. For more information, please call 423.434.6020.