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Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers Accepting Applications For Citizens' Academy

Winter session begins October 15
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 11:40am

Knoxville – The Tennessee Highway Patrol is accepting applications for the 2019 Winter Citizens’ Academy.  Classes in Knoxville start October 15, at The 510 Center, McGhee Tyson Airport.  Sessions will run from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. weekly on Tuesday evenings.

The Citizens’ academy, which consists of approximately 30 hours of training, runs 10 weeks.  It is designed  to  give  citizens  a  better  understanding  and  awareness  of  THP  and  the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.  Citizens receive hands-on instruction and training from state troopers and other department personnel.  Topics covered include: investigations, special operations, homeland security, and many other areas of the patrol, as well as driver license and handgun permit issuance.

Participants must be at least 21-years-old, available to attend weekly three-hour sessions with no more than one absence, sign required waivers and agreements, and have no criminal history.

The deadline to register is September 17, 2019. Applications must be returned by that date for processing.

For more information, contact Sergeant Bill Fitzgerald at 615-743-3907 or email

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.