The Patrol Services Bureau is comprised of four teams, consisting of a Captain, four Lieutenants, four Sergeants, and over 28 full time officers, several reserve officers, a parking enforcement officer, a school resource officer, and an administrative assistant.
The bureau is responsible for all initial calls for service in the field. Calls range from disturbances such as loud music and barking dogs to auto accidents, assaults, domestic disturbances, and other crimes within our jurisdiction. The Bureau is also responsible for subpoena and warrant service and is a first line of defense in the interdiction of illicit drugs within our community.
The Captain of the Patrol Services Bureau is Bruce Simonds.
Captain Simonds started at the Hendersonville Police Department on July 21, 1990. He has spent his entire 21 years of service on patrol.
On January 28, 1995 Simonds was promoted to Police Officer II, and on July 01, 1998 to Master Patrol Officer. His promotion to Lieutenant came on July 29, 2000.
Simonds was promoted to Captain of Patrol Services Bureau April 4th, 2012.
Captain Simonds earned an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Southwestern Community College in 1989 and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University. In addition to formal education, Captain Simonds is also a recent graduate of the Executive Management Program of Northwestern University and recently completed the FBI-LEEDA Leadership Series of training to include Executive Survival, the Supervisor Institute and the Command Institute.
A personal note from Captain Simonds, “I look forward to handling all citizen matters and tasks of mutual concern related to patrol services.”
The Hendersonville Police Department was one of the state's first seven D.A.R.E. agencies. In 1986 our department was selected as one of seven pilot sites to present the D.A.R.E. program and the only agency in Western North Carolina at the time.
Since then the department's D.A.R.E. program has grown in leaps and bounds and continues to be one of the state's best and most innovative programs.
The Hendersonville Police Department was also one of the first to initiate a 8th grade D.A.R.E. curriculum. Since its inception, the department's D.A.R.E. program has taught thousands of youth how to stay drug free and violence free.
The Hendersonville Police Department developed its "School Resource Officer Program" in 1994 in an endeavor to provide a positive influence for the young people in our schools.
The program has also attempted to increase cooperation in relationships between students, faculty, parents and the community.
It is the Department's goal to become mentors to the youth in our schools through positive interaction and to developed a rapport with our young people, giving them the tools they need to make beneficial, informed decisions in their lives.
The Hendersonville Police Department and the Henderson County Sheriff's Department operate a combined "S.W.A.T." team. It consists of exceptional officers and deputies trained to respond to "High Risk" emergencies and incidents such as drug raids, hostage situations, armed and barricaded suspects, drug interdiction, and search and rescue missions.
Members are trained in the use of special tactical equipment. Some of the equipment team members use include assault rifles, tear gas, stun grenades, and special telescopic devices to name a few.
Each member must participate in advance tactical team training assignments to maintain and sharpen his or her tactical and officer survival skills. Members train in building entry and search techniques, rappeling, sniper training, high-risk intelligence gathering procedures as well as other areas of expertise.