Albany Police Department Chief John Proctor, at left, congratulates six newly promoted officers at a ceremony in the Law Enforcement Center Tuesday. The officers are from right Sgt. Denise Dawson-Barnes, Lt. Kinshishi Adams, Capt. Wendy Luster and Capt. Eddie Jones, Maj. Russell Barnes and Deputy Chief Donald Frost.
ALBANY -- Along with a promotion, a police officer accepts greater responsibility for the safety of the community through his leadership, stated law enforcement officials Tuesday.
Six Albany Police Department officers committed themselves to that greater responsibility and excellence when they were promoted at the Law Enforcement Center during a 6 p.m. ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, District Attorney Greg Edwards said that the six officers were examples of people who have chosen to protect and serve, and now they have also been chosen to lead.
"Public service is an honorable course to choose," Edwards said. "Trying to make a difference is a great calling to make Albany a greater place to live."
The six officers and their new ranks are:
Edwards said that although anyone can learn to be a leader, it takes never-ending practice to master the skills necessary to lead and earn respect.
The list of character traits and skills that the officers practiced was a long one that included courage, self-control, fairness and decisiveness without rigidity and other traits, Edwards added.
The officers were chosen for promotion in large part because of those traits, said Chief John Proctor. Now they must face other challenges and remain true to their community-service mission, he added.
As leaders "I don't want you to bring me a problem," Proctor said, "I want you to bring me solutions as well."
The officers made a hard decision when they chose their profession, Proctor said. The strains on a family can be great, but with family support they can overcome the tension.
The intense family support for the officers was well showcased at the ceremony. Families took generational pride in the accomplishments of their relatives.
"I just think it is so great," said Josephine Robinson, Adams' mother. "This is a dream fulfilled for her and for me."