2023 - TBD

A partnership between the Department and Johnson City Schools, Shop With a Cop pairs law enforcement officers from across the region with elementary school children in need. The Johnson City Police Department hosted the 8th Annual Shop With a Cop program on December 12, 2022, and served more than 160 children. The evening consisted of dinner at Wild Wing Café, a tour of Candy Land in Founders Park, and a shopping spree at Walmart. Preparation is underway for 2023’s program so check back for updates! 

The success of previous Shop With a Cop events has been a direct result of the generosity of our donors and volunteers. A huge THANK YOU to Graphic Disorder, the Department’s biggest donor, and all of our 2022 sponsors! 

If you would like to become a sponsor, financial donations are tax deductible and accepted in the form of checks made out to City of Johnson City with ‘Shop With a Cop’ written in the memo line. Donations can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Police Department: 601 E Main St, Johnson City, TN 37601.  For additional information, please email

2023 Junior Police Academy - TBD

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.

The program focuses 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 Eric Hilton 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. Class size is limited.

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.