Perhaps the most indispensable segment of the Kingsport Police Department, the Patrol Division serves as the backbone of the department. Part of K.P.D.’s Operations Bureau, the Patrol Division typically responds to over 60,000 calls for service each year. The Patrol Division is divided into four platoons with approximately ten officers assigned to each platoon. Each platoon is under the direct supervision of a Watch Commander. The Patrol Watch Commanders are featured below:
Lieutenant Tim Crawford received his Associate of Science in Law Enforcement and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University. His first law enforcement experience was as a Reserve Officer with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. He came to the Kingsport Police Department as a Corrections and Parking Enforcement Officer in 1987 and was later sworn in as a Police Officer. He has served as Patrol Officer, Community Police, Bicycle Patrol, Honor Guard Team member, and a supervisor of the Vice Unit. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January of 2013 and currently serves as Watch Commander for 1st Platoon.
Lieutenant Mark Osterman began his Law Enforcement career in 1983 while serving 3 years in the United States Army Military Police. Following his honorable discharge in 1986, he entered civilian law enforcement, serving as a Corrections Officer with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. After three years with KCSO, he joined the Knoxville Police Department in 1989 as a Police Officer. In 1992, he moved to Kingsport and was sworn in as a Police Officer with the Kingsport Police Department. He has attended both Walter’s State Community College and Northeast State Community College. He was formerly partnered with his loyal canine companion “Demos” while serving with the K.P.D. K-9 Unit. He has dedicated his entire career at K.P.D. to the uniformed Patrol Division, successfully climbing his way up through the ranks of Patrolman, Corporal, and Sergeant. He was promoted to Lieutenant in June 2019 and currently serves as Watch Commander for 2nd Platoon.
Lieutenant Steve Hammonds received his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Tusculum University. He initially joined the Kingsport Police Department in 1994 as a Corrections Officer, and he was sworn in as a Police Officer the following year. Throughout his career at the Kingsport Police Department he has served in Patrol, Community Police, Community Relations, Training, and Criminal Investigations. He has fulfilled a wide variety of specialized roles including Accreditation Manager, Domestic Violence Investigator, D.A.R.E. Instructor, and S.W.A.T. Operator. He has also served as an Agent assigned to the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force. He was promoted to Lieutenant in April of 2016 and served for a time as Executive Director of Kingsport 911. He currently serves as Watch Commander for 3rd Platoon.
Lieutenant Steve Summey began his law enforcement career while serving 4 years in the Air National Guard Security Police Force. He then continued gaining law enforcement experience while serving 2 years with the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Police Department. He was eventually sworn in at the Kingsport Police Department in 1996. He has 2 years of higher education credit earned during his military service and later at Walters State Community College. During his time at K.P.D. he has fulfilled many different roles including Patrol, Community Police, Vice, Detective, Field Training Officer, S.W.A.T. Operator, and a supervisor in the Patrol Division, C.I.D., and Traffic Unit. Lt. Summey is a two-time recipient of the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) East Tennessee Officer of the Year Award. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February 2018 and currently serves as Watch Commander for 4th Platoon.
Lieutenant Micah Johnston began his law enforcement career in 1999 as a Reserve Officer for the Mount Carmel Police Department. He attended the Police Academy the following year, and has also studied Criminal Justice at Northeast State Community College. He joined the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office as a full time officer in 2002, where he served in the Patrol Division, as a Field Training Officer, and on the S.W.A.T. Team. He was sworn in at the Kingsport Police Department in 2007. During his tenure at K.P.D. he has served as a Patrol Officer, Vice Detective, Hostage Negotiator, and as a member of the Honor Guard. He has supervised both the Training and Traffic Units. He was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2020 and currently oversees the Power Shift in the Patrol Division.