Command Staff

Chief Bates

On December 1, 2019, Chief T.J. Bates began his service with the Long View Police Department. Chief Bates has over 25 years of local government law enforcement experience, beginning his law enforcement career in 1996. Chief Bates has served in multiple roles over the course of his career including Assistant Chief of Police at Granite Falls Police Department and Chief of Police at the Biltmore Forest Police Department. Chief Bates is the 39th Chief of Police in the History of Long View Police Department.


Chief Bates received his Master of Justice Administration Degree from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC and his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. Chief Bates is also a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program.


Chief Bates is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, and the North Carolina Police Executives Association.


Chief Bates is married to his wife Anna Bates, who serves her community in the Heath Care field.



Major Morris began his law enforcement career in 1993 at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. He served in numerous positions including Deputy Sheriff, Narcotics Investigator, General Investigator, Sergeant and Lieutenant of the Criminal Investigations Division. Prior to joining the Long View Police Department in 2020, he retired as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Major Morris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lees McRae College and a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration from Methodist University. He has a N.C. Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and has been a general instructor for over 20 years. He graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy, 218 session, and the West Point Leadership program.   



Lieutenant Michael Ford began his career as a reserve Public Safety Officer with the Long View Public Safety in September 1994. In this position, he was a Reserve Police Officer and a volunteer fireman. He went full time as a Public Safety Officer in July of 1996. He has served in numerous positions with the department, to include, Public Safety Officer, Code Enforcement Officer, Patrol Officer, Criminal Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Lieutenant in the Investigations Division. He is currently a Lieutenant in the Patrol division. Lieutenant Ford has his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and his Criminal Investigations Certificate from the North Carolina Justice Academy. When away from work, Ford values spending time with his family.



Lieutenant Dennis Hardin is a graduate of Western Piedmont Community College where he completed Basic Law Enforcement Training in 2009. Lieutenant Hardin started his career in law enforcement at the Long View Police Department in August 2010. He has served as a Patrol Officer, Animal Control Officer, Patrol Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant.  In March of 2021, Lieutenant Hardin was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. 



Lieutenant Pitts is a native of the Hickory area and began his career at the Long View Police Department in October 1998. He has served as a Patrol Officer, Animal Control Officer, School Resource Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Criminal Investigator, and Lieutenant over the Criminal Investigations Division. In 2021, Lt. Pitts was assigned to the patrol division as a patrol Lieutenant. Lt. Pitts obtained his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and currently serves as the department’s firearm’s instructor. 

Police Department: (828) 327-2343 | Fax: (828) 578-6703

Address: 2404 1st Ave SW | Hickory, NC 28602

Animal Control: (828) 327-2343

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