The patrol division is the largest of the three divisions. These officers are instrumental for carrying out the goals of the department and forming partnerships in our community. They are our first responders and are most visible in our community. The patrol division operates under the community policing philosophy in that they maintain close partnerships with the community. The goals of community policing and the department are the same: Reduce the fear of crime and reduce crime while improving the quality for the town’s residents and visitors. Forest City Police Department has 21 officers assigned to the patrol division with each of these officers being assigned a patrol zone. The city has been divided into two large reporting areas with each of these areas being assigned a lieutenant to supervise the reporting areas activities. Each of these two large reporting zones have been subdivided into two smaller zones, which are supervised by sergeants. The Lieutenants and Sergeants are responsible for community policing and problem solving efforts for their respective zones. These supervisors have a dual role in that they also serve as the Watch Commander. As the Watch Commander, these supervisors coordinate all activates for the Patrol Division during their assigned shift. Zone 1 is the Northwest corner of the town and can be identified by all addresses North of Oak Street Extension, West of Hardin Road, South of Main Street and West of Hudlow Road. Zone 2 is the Northeast corner of the town and can be identified by all addresses East of Hudlow Road and North of Main Street. Zone 3 is the Southwest corner of town and can be identified by all of the addresses South of Main Street and West of Church Street to Hardin Road and Oak Street Extension. Zone 4 is the Southeast corner of town and can be identified by all addresses East of Church Street and South of Main Street. Lt. Jay Moore supervises Zone 1, Lt. Jacob Hoyle supervises Zone 2, Lt. James Hoppes supervises Zone 3 and Lt. Eric Shelton supervises Zone 4.
Lt. Jay Moore
Lt. Jay Moore is a native of Rutherford County and began his police career in 1987 with Forest City Police Department. Lt. Moore has served in multiple positions with the Forest City Police Department including Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Property and Evidence Officer, Patrol Lieutenant and he presently serves as the Commander of Zone 1. Lt. Moore has received his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. Lt. Moore is currently a member of the North Carolina Internal Affairs Investigators Association and the International Association for Property and Evidence.
Lt. Jacob Hoyle began his law enforcement career with the Forest City Police Department in January of 2004. Lt. Hoyle has served at the Forest City Police Department as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Corporal and Patrol Sergeant. He currently serves as the Commander of Zone 2.
Sgt. Hoyle is married to his wife, Erin, and they have two children, Jabin and Jorja.
Lt. James Hoppes began his law enforcement career with the Forest City Police Department in January of 1994. Lt. Hoppes has served at the Forest City Police Department as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Detective and Lieutenant and currently serves as the Commander of Zone 3.
Lt. Hoppes is married to his wife, Crystal, and they have three children, Jesse, Amber and Reece.
Lt. Eric Shelton began his career at the Forest City Police Department in December of 2001.Lt. Shelton has worked through the ranks as a Patrol Officer, Corporal and Sergeant before being assigned as a Sergeant in the Investigations Division.On February 7, 2010, Lt. Shelton was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to Patrol Division as a Commander of Zone 4. Before his employment, Lt. Shelton completed an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice through Western Piedmont Community College and attained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, NC.Lt. Shelton continued his studies and attained his Master of Public Administration Degree through Appalachian State University. Lt. Shelton holds the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate offered by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Certificate awarded by the North Carolina Justice Academy.Lt. Shelton is a Field Training Officer, Law Enforcement General Instructor, and specializes as a Law Enforcement Defensive Driving Instructor.