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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:

Lt Chris Tincher

Lieutenant Chris Tincher served five years in the United States Marine Corps before receiving his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University. While a student at E.T.S.U. he participated in a field experience internship at the Kingsport Police Department. Impressed by this opportunity, he officially joined K.P.D. as a Patrol Officer in 1998 after his graduation. He soon found his niche in the Criminal Investigations Division where he served as a Detective, specializing in Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations and serving as a C.I.D. supervisor. While assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division he had the opportunity to attend the National Forensic Academy. He also serves as a firearms instructor and the department’s Range Master. He was promoted to Lieutenant in June of 2014 and was over the department’s Professional Standards Unit. He currently serves as Watch Commander for 1st Platoon.

Kevin HiteLieutenant Kevin Hite began his law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department in 1995 as a Corrections Officer. He was sworn in as a Police Officer in 1997 and was assigned to the Patrol Division and Community Police Unit. He served for 20 years on the K.P.D. SWAT Team, eventually serving as SWAT Team Commander. He also has extensive experience as a K-9 Officer, first handling Odus, a dual-purpose Patrol/Narcotics Detection German Shepherd, and currently handling Charlee, a single-purpose Explosives Detection Labrador Retriever. He is a highly respected instructor, specializing in the fields of firearms, defensive tactics, and use of force. He promoted through the ranks, serving as a Corporal in the Training Unit and as a Sergeant in both the Training and Traffic Units. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January of 2019 and currently serves as Watch Commander for 2nd Platoon.

Hammonds, SteveLieutenant 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.

Darrell JohnsonLieutenant 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 oversees the Patrol Power Shift.