The Patrol Division is under the direction of a Deputy Chief who reports to the Chief of Police. The Patrol Division is responsible for the deployment of forces consistent with the needs of the City in order to maintain public order, provide preventive patrol, respond to calls for service and conduct investigations of crimes and incident to including the arrest of offenders and the coordination of police activities between the various geographic areas of the City and the other Division of the Department.
Terry Hopson is a life-long resident of Pine Bluff. He is married to Amy Hopson and has 2 daughters, Eme and Kallie Hopson and one son, the late Seth Hopson.
Terry Hopson is a 1979 graduate of Jefferson Preparatory School in Pine Bluff. He attended University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and University of Arkansas at Monticello. He also attended Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1987.
Terry Hopson was hired with the Pine Bluff Police Department April 27, 1987 and was assigned to the Patrol Division. He was transferred to the Detective Division and while working there he was promoted to Sergeant October 22, 1991 and stayed in the Detective Division until 2000. He was promoted to Lieutenant March 1, 2000 and was assigned to Patrol and in 2001 was reassigned back to the Detective Division as Day Shift Commander. He was promoted to Captain May 19, 2017 and stayed in the Investigations Division. During his tenure, he was promoted to Deputy Chief in April 23, 2018 where he currently serves over the Patrol Division.
Deputy Chief Terry Hopson has received many awards, which include:
Two time “Officer of the Year” recipient
Two time “Supervisor of the Year” recipient
Two time “Cathrine Whiteside” award recipient
“Optimist Club Officer of the Year” recipient
“Arkansas Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” recipient
FBI “John T. Kelly” award recipient
Four time PBPD Meritorious Conduct Award (1997, 2001, 2003, 2015)
PBPD Lifesaving Award (2004)