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 five platoons with approximately 10 to 15 officers assigned to each platoon. Platoons 1-4 are the primary platoons that cycle through a regular rotation with one of the four being on duty at all times. 5th Platoon’s mission is to supplement the on-duty platoon during hours of peak call volume. 5th Platoon can also be tasked with addressing specialized concerns that require more direct attention. 5th Platoon also encompasses the K.P.D. Traffic Unit which responds to and investigates all traffic fatalities. Each platoon is under the direct supervision of a Lieutenant. The Patrol Lieutenants are featured below:
Lieutenant Randy Murray earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology, with a minor in Sociology, from East Tennessee State University. He launched his law enforcement career, being sworn in as a Kingsport Police Officer, in the year 2000. Throughout his tenure at K.P.D., he has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, Crime Analyst, Training Coordinator, and as a supervisor in the Criminal Investigations Division, Professional Standards (Training) Unit, and Patrol Division. He is a graduate of the highly esteemed National Forensic Academy and a recipient of the K.P.D. Life Saving Medal and the Safe House Domestic Violence Investigator of the Year Award. While serving in the Criminal Investigations Division, he was the lead investigator in several homicide investigations that culminated with successful prosecutions and convictions. He promoted through the ranks, ultimately reaching the rank of Lieutenant in May of 2023. He currently serves as Watch Commander for 1st Platoon.
Lieutenant Darell Johnson served seven years in the United States Air Force prior to entering into the law enforcement profession. He has also attended Central Carolina Community College. He began his law enforcement career in 1999 as a Corrections Officer for the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted to Deputy and attended the Police Academy the following year. He has also served with the Rogersville Police Department (2001) and Hawkins County Emergency Communications Dispatch (2006). He was sworn in at the Kingsport Police Department in 2007 and has served in the Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Division. His past specialized assignments include Detective, Honor Guard, Meth Task Force, and Field Training Officer. He currently serves on the Bomb Squad. He promoted through the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant while on Patrol and C.I.D. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in May of 2021 and currently serves as Watch Commander for 2nd Platoon.
Lieutenant Seth Brumfield was sworn in at the Kingsport Police Department in 2004. He graduated from the Walters State Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy and has also attended East Tennessee State University. After a period assigned to the Patrol Division, Lieutenant Brumfield worked in the Community Policing Unit, and later served as a Detective in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. During his tenure, he has served in a variety of specialized roles to include being a member of the Honor Guard Team, a Weapons Armorer, and a Firearms Instructor. He has supervised in both the Professional Standards Unit, where he oversaw the Field Training Program, and the Patrol Division, where he served as a Shift Sergeant. He has extensive experience as a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Operator and currently serves as the K.P.D. SWAT Team Commander. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January 2023 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division as Watch Commander for 3rd Platoon.
Lieutenant Ed Ragsdale earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and Advertising from East Tennessee State University. He began his law enforcement career, being sworn in as a Kingsport Police Officer, in 2003. Throughout the years he has served on Patrol, Community Police, and as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. While in C.I.D. he specialized in investigating Domestic Violence and Child Abuse cases and also monitored the compliance of Registered Sex Offenders. He has served in several specialized roles to include the Honor Guard, the Search and Rescue Team, and the S.W.A.T. Team. He has also served as an instructor on the topics of Domestic Violence, Simmunitions, and Chemical and Impact Munitions. He promoted through the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant, serving as a supervisor on Patrol and in the Professional Standards (Training) Unit. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January of 2022 and currently serves as Watch Commander for 4th 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 oversees 5th Platoon.