TOP PHOTO: Local law enforcement agent John Long is TCAT’s Criminal Justice class instructor. TCAT Jacksboro is recruiting for the upcoming fall Criminal Justice program.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Jacksboro has openings for its new Criminal Justice Course.

The technology college has received final approval and is currently recruiting for its Criminal Justice Corrections Officer course, according to TCAT Jacksboro President Debbie Petree. 

“The Criminal Justice Correctional Officer program curriculum provides a broad range of competencies to prepare individuals with the skills to become jailers and guards in local jails,” Petree said.

Local and veteran law enforcement officer John Long has been hired as the Criminal Justice instructor.

The program can be completed in eight months during which students will learn emergency procedures, mental health and first aid, defensive tactics and use of force, ethics and legal issues, investigations and personal development. 

Over the years, TCAT Jacksboro has grown and expanded from the eight courses offered in 2016 to the current 18 programs of study offered locally here in Campbell County.

“With a grant funded by Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee Legislature, our program will have the most up to date training equipment. We are also excited that we were able to hire Mr. Long as our instructor. Mr. Long has an extensive background in law enforcement,” Petree said. 

For more information about TCAT Jacksboro and starting classes, visit or call 423.566.9629, or check out their website. You can also check them out on Facebook.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/10/2023-6AM)