CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY
2019 Citizen's Police Academy - TBA
The Johnson City Police Department developed a Citizen's Police Academy to enhance and develop citizen awareness and understanding of the police role in the community. This new concept in law enforcement is designed for citizens of different backgrounds and occupations.
The nine-week academy program consists of police training, including subjects such as traffic stops, investigation procedures, S.W.A.T., K-9, vice and narcotics investigations, firearms, self-defense instruction, hiring and selection process, support services, and 911 functions. Participants also ride along with JCPD officers.
The objective of this course is to make graduates not police officers, but better informed citizens with greater general knowledge of JCPD's many functions and to foster enhanced community relations through the graduates.
Participants must be at least 21 years old, meet physical training requirements, attend nine weekly three-hour sessions and one eight-hour Saturday session, ride with a patrol officer for two eight-hour shifts, sign required waivers and agreements, and have no criminal history.
For more information, contact the Johnson City Police Department at (423) 434-6122.
fishout program - say yes to fishing, say not to drugs
Legion Street Pool is transformed into a fishing hole for this free community event, held the first weekend after the first full week of October each year. The pool is stocked with more than 2,000 rainbow trout that are up for grabs over the weekend. The event kicks off with a by-invitation-only special needs night Friday, then opens to all youth in the community on Saturday.
All ages are welcome to purchase a ticket for Sunday fishing, to help clean out the rest of the fish. Say Yes to Fishing, Say No to Drugs started as a way get area youths involved in a fun, wholesome activity, as an alternative to drugs.
2019 Junior Police Academy - July 8 - 12, 2019
The Junior Police Academy is geared toward area youth, both male and female, between the ages of 14 and 18 and held at the Johnson City Police Department Training Grounds during the week of July 8-12, 2019.
The program will focus on youth and young adults who have an interest in the law enforcement profession. It has been designed to take the mystery out of police procedures and policies while informing and educating the cadets involved toward police officers and their role in society. The cadets will attend a 40-hour course climaxing in a team-oriented competition that involves skills, knowledge, and abilities they have learned through interesting and knowledgeable instruction.
During this week of instruction, the cadets will experience what it is like to go through a real police academy and, although not as comprehensive or demanding, the cadets will learn the same skills. Chief Turner states, “The purpose of the Junior Police Academy is to provide a service to the youth of this area by allowing them to see first-hand what a police officer does on daily basis and to give them the opportunity to discover if this is a career that they might want to pursue”. It will also aid in adding potential participants to the Johnson City Police Department’s Explorer Program.
The Junior Police Academy is a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity for a hands-on learning experience for young people in topics such as Crime Scene Investigations, Traffic Stops, DUI Enforcement, and Police Use-of-Force, as well as learning about the Johnson City Police Department’s Explorer Program.
Anyone interested in participating in this academy can contact Officer Jaeda Burkey through Johnson City Police Department’s Records Office at (423) 434-6125 or come by the Johnson City Police Department Records Division to pick-up an application. Deadline for applications will be June 30, 2019. Class size is limited to 24 students.
School Resource Officer program
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program began during the 1997-1998 school year through a cooperative effort between the Johnson City Police and the Johnson City School System.
The SRO program is based on the philosophy that the School Resource Officer is an educator in safety and law-related issues, a law-related counselor, and of course, a law enforcement officer. The officer, while in school, becomes involved in a variety of functions aimed at prevention of violence and crime.