Behind the Badge: Fresh faces recruited by Knoxville Police Department

Behind the Badge

Officers Donald Mullins, Nick Adams and Joey Adams are all new to the Knoxville Police Department, but not necessarily new to Knoxville.

“My mother and her family are originally from Rockwood, Tennessee,” said 2017 KPD recruit Donald Mullins. “I’d come down here and visit all the time as a kid and absolutely fell in love with it.” 

Officer Mullins, who hails from Michigan, is now is in his first year of patrolling the streets on Knoxville on his own.

Meanwhile, brothers Nick and Joey Adams are graduates of Knoxville’s Grace Christian Academy and were part of the March 2019 KPD Academy class. 

“Me and my brother discussed it and decided to go through the academy together and give back to this community by serving the people that we grew up with,” said Officer Joey Adams, the older of the two.

“We kind of do everything together,” adds his brother, Officer Nick Adams. “We’ve always been great friends.”

Both officers are just weeks into patrolling the streets with a training officer by their side. All three of the new officers praise the training regimen put together by KPD.

KPD Recruiting Officer JaJuan Hamilton says the process never ends.

“Even after you finish the academy and the field training officer part, you still have to come back every year for 40 hours for the rest of your career for in-service training,” Hamilton said. “That’s ongoing training every year.”

Officer Hamilton walked us through the process on what to expect if you’re thinking about a career with the Knoxville Police Department: 

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