KINGSPORT — If you’ve driven past a crash inside the Kingsport city limits, you’ve likely spotted him snapping photos, taking statements or measuring skid marks.
If you’ve passed through a checkpoint and observed someone undergoing field sobriety tests, it’s a good bet he trained the officer administering the exam.
And for many a heavy-footed motorist, Kingsport Police Department Officer Dale Farmer has been at their car window, asking for license and registration.
“He has probably written more tickets than anyone at KPD, and yet no one complains on him,” said Kingsport Police Chief David Quillin. “The only complaint I recall is from a lady who told me that Dale was just too nice. I think that speaks volumes about the way he carries out his duties and the pride he takes in his job.”
At end of the month, the 31-year police veteran is calling it a career. But Farmer leaves a legacy behind — the 1,500 officers he’s trained in his area of expertise: crash reconstruction.
“I learn as much as they do,” Farmer said of the officers he has trained. ” I get calls on a daily basis from officers all over the state. It’s good to know they’re using their minds, working to do it right.”
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