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The City of Johnson City will begin the process of hiring new police officers and firefighters on Tuesday (Jan 21). Qualified applicants should demonstrate integrity, good judgement, and the willingness to make a difference in our community.

The first step in the hiring process is the Police Officer Examination or Firefighter Examination. Registrations for the upcoming test dates will be accepted Jan. 21-Feb. 28.

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 for police officers is $35,415.46 and moves to $37,198.14 after completion of the probationary period. 

Johnson City Police officers have the opportunity to serve on numerous specialty units such as the K-9 Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Bomb Squad, and the School Resource Officer Program. The department also has officers who work with federal programs in the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Successful police applicants will be eligible for the following incentives:

Tennessee POST Certification                                                                          $2,100 incentive

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

 Firefighter trainees receive 12 weeks of paid training through the Northeast Regional Fire Training School. New firefighters will be assigned to one of three shifts where they are on duty for 24 hours at a time, every other day, for five days after which they will be off for four days before the schedule repeats. Firefighters work an average of nine or 10 days per month. Starting trainee pay for firefighters is $33,751.66 and moves to $35,415.46 after completion of the probationary period.   

Successful firefighter applicants will be eligible for the following incentives:

Tennessee Certified Firefighter I                                                    $1,200 incentive

Tennessee EMT (Basic)                                                                        $1,350 incentive

Tennessee EMT (Advanced)                                                              $1,350 incentive

 Examination registration information and requirements are available on the City website, Registration must be completed in person at the Human Resources Department, 601 E. Main St., Johnson City, TN 37601. A $25 non-refundable examination fee is due at the time of registration.

For more information, please call 423.434.6020.