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 sixteen officers assigned to each platoon. Each platoon is under the direct supervision of a Watch Commander. The Patrol Watch Commanders are featured below:
Lieutenant Todd Harrison received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University. He began his law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department in 1990. He has served in Patrol, Community Police, Bicycle Patrol, the Honor Guard Team, and on the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force. As a supervisor he has managed the Records Division and other aspects of the Administrative Bureau and served as Crime Analyst and Jail Administrator. He was promoted to Lieutenant in November of 2012 and currently serves as Watch Commander for 1st Platoon.
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 2nd Platoon.
Lieutenant Tom Wayt received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Masters of Business Administration from Bethel University. He began his public safety career in 1988 with the Wintersville, Ohio Fire Department where he served as a Firefighter and Paramedic. He later served as an E.R. Technician for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Mercy Hospital and as a Paramedic Rescue Technician for Baldwin E.M.S. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was sworn in at the Kingsport Police Department in 2003 and has since served as Patrol Officer, Community Police, S.W.A.T. Operator, Crime Analyst, and supervisor in both the Training Unit and on Patrol. A highly proactive officer, he has been awarded with the Life Saving Medal and the Medal of Valor and is a past recipient of both the Mark Vance Domestic Violence Officer of the Year and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M .A.D.D.) Officer of the Year awards. He was promoted to Lieutenant in April of 2016 and currently serves as Watch Commander for 3rd Platoon.
Lieutenant Joe Valentine attended East Tennessee State University and began his Law Enforcement career with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, where he served for five years, before joining the Kingsport Police Department in 1986. Throughout his K.P.D. tenure, he has been a part of Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Vice, and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. He currently serves as one of the lead facilitators of the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (C.I.S.D.) Team. He was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2013 and currently serves as Watch Commander for 4th Platoon.