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The Johnson City Police Department is committed to the fair and equitable treatment of all and highly trains its officers on an annual basis using a comprehensive curriculum approved by the State of Tennessee. It adheres to law enforcement’s highest standards as determined by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The department has maintained accreditation since 1993. Through CALEA's Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, the department meets all 459 standards that ensure accountability for officers and staff. This webpage is meant to provide transparency into those and other standards of the department. For questions not addressed here or for further information, please email Deputy Chief Debbie Botelho at dbotelho@johnsoncitytn.org.


Are the police officers in the Johnson City Police Department trained to de-escalate altercations using peaceful conflict resolution strategies?

Are the police officers in the Johnson City Police Department forbidden from using carotid restraints (chokeholds, strangleholds, etc.) and hog-tying methods? Furthermore, are they forbidden from transporting civilians in uncomfortable positions, such as face down in a vehicle?

Are the police officers in the Johnson City Police Department required to intervene if they witness another officer using excessive force? Will officers be reprimanded if they fail to intervene?

Are the police officers in the Johnson City Police Department forbidden from shooting at moving vehicles?

Is there a clear and enforced use-of-force continuum that details what weapons and force are acceptable in a wide variety of civilian-police interactions?

Are the officers in the Johnson City Police Department required to exhaust every other possible option before using excessive force?

Are the officers in the Johnson City Police Department required to give a verbal warning to civilians before drawing their weapons or using excessive force?

Are the officers in the Johnson City Police Department required to report each time they threaten to or use force on civilians?

Are the officers in the Johnson City Police Department thoroughly vetted to ensure that they do not have a history with abuse, racism, xenophobia, homophobia / transphobia, or discrimination?

Are the officers in the Johnson City Police Department trained to perform and seek necessary medical action after using excessive force?

Is there an early intervention system enforced to correct officers who use excessive force? Additionally, how many complaints does an officer have to receive before they are reprimanded? Before they are terminated? More than three complaints are unacceptable

How do I file a complaint against the department or an officer?

What training do Johnson City Police officers receive?