Victoria Darrisaw, State Court judge for Dougherty County, delivered the keynote address Thursday for The Albany Police Department’s promotion ceremony for newly advanced officers. (Staff Photo: Jim West)
ALBANY — The Albany Police Department held a special ceremony at the Law Enforcement Center Thursday, to honor some of its own.
Beginning at 6 p.m. in the Community Room, police high command, along with James Taylor, Albany City Manger, Tommie Postell, Mayor Pro Tem and family of the honorees gathered to recognize 29 officers of the APD promoted to a higher grade. Victoria Darrisaw, Dougherty County State Court judge delivered the keynote ceremonial address.
Darrisaw told honorees that while there was nothing she might share with them they didn’t know already, she would nonetheless leave them with nine “thoughts” she hoped might further their lives and careers. Among her thoughts were to “think for themselves. Quoting Bill Cosby, Darrisaw warned the honored group that “the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
“Treat others as you would wish to be treated,” Darrisaw told the honorees. “If you treat people right all of the time, no matter what their role is, you’ll find it just makes good sense. Community oriented policing is no different.”
In her speech, Darrisaw told the group “Be careful what you put on social media. Once things are out there they never really go away. You’re not your own person anymore. A little bit of you belongs to the city of Albany and to the APD.”
Following Darrisaw’s address, each honoree was recognized and presented with a special pin, signifying his or her new rank with the APD.
During Thursday’s ceremony the rank of captain was bestowed upon Angela Bradford,Bryan Lavoie and Michael Persley.
Leonard Bell, Antonio Fletcher, Keithen Hall, Kandace Hird and Hosea Miller achieved official rank off lieutenant.
New sergeants included Kawaski Barnes, Roosevelt Kearney, Bryant Leverett, Dennis Richardson, Jon Segroves and Pharses Taylor.
Christopher Arline, Rodney Brown, Terry Brown, Warren Ewings, Dustin Hickox, Roger Jones, Jonathan Lee, Christopher Hutchinson, Daryl Lever, Jermain Lewis, Garnett Lincey, Jacquelyn Nelson, Richard Norman, Anthony Thomas and Rodney Wells were promoted to the rank of corporal.
“I’m extremely proud of (those promoted) and what we’ve been trying to do for this community,” said Albany police chief John Proctor. “They’ve earned it.”
While Proctor praised those who had worked hard for their promotions, he expressed equal praise for the families of successful law enforcement officers.
“Law enforcement is a tough profession, Proctor said. “The families have to endure it. Without family support (officers) will not be successful. We’re away from home on special occasions. We don’t get a chance to go to all the holiday settings because we have to work, then catch up when we have the chance.”