Mayor Jackson Promotes 22 Cleveland Police Officers

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Officers Promoted to the Ranks of Captain, Sergeant

CLEVELAND – Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the oath of office to twenty-two members of the Division of Police, promoting them in rank.  One member was promoted from the rank of Lieutenant to the rank of Captain.  Twenty-one members were promoted from Patrol Officer to Sergeant.

Those promoted participated in a Civil Service examination administered in April of 2018.  The supervisors will attend supervisory training within the Cleveland Police Training Section in the coming weeks.  The supervisors will then be assigned to the Patrol Section within the five neighborhood police districts, or to specialized units within the Division of Police.

The role of Captain:

    • Captains of Police are distinguished by TWO gold bars on each shoulder.
    • Captains serve in an executive capacity and work closely with the leaders of Districts or Bureaus, and often provide relief for commanding officers during their absence. 
    • Captains MUST be well versed in applicable federal laws, state statutes and municipal ordinances, as well as possess an acute knowledge of the written directives of the Division of Police. 
    • Captains are expected to provide the leadership needed for accomplishing the goals and the mission of the Division.

The role of Sergeant: 

    • Sergeants are identified by three stripes on each sleeve; sergeants are considered superior officers and must conduct themselves in a manner that earns respect from those they command as well as the public.
    • Sergeants take on a tremendous responsibility for the Cleveland Division of Police, as it is the sergeant who plans, supervises, and reviews the work of our officers to ensure superior services to our citizens are delivered.
    • Sergeants interpret, convey and ensure implementation of the Division’s policies and directives coming from the Chief of Police. Sergeants will respond to critical incidents, and must be able to make quick and sound decisions. 
    • Sergeants must effectively communicate instructions to others while assuming the role of incident commander often during the most volatile stages of an incident.

Promoted to Captain was Matthew Gallagher. 

Promoted to Sergeant were:

Jose Garcia                                Sergeant                #9227 

Christopher Mobley                   Sergeant                #9228 

Jacquelyn Bennett                     Sergeant                #9229 

Michael Harper                         Sergeant                #9230 

Kenneth Koney                          Sergeant                #9231 

Michael Chapman                      Sergeant                #9232 

Eric Newton                               Sergeant                #9233 

Kevin Walker                             Sergeant                #9234 

Christopher Hoover                   Sergeant                #9235 

Kenneth Ryan                            Sergeant                #9236 

Vincent Schneider                      Sergeant                #9237 

Barry Bentley                             Sergeant                #9238 

Ian Mussell                                Sergeant                #9240 

Jennifer Hernandez                   Sergeant                #9241 

Brian Middaugh                        Sergeant                #9242 

Thomas Barry                            Sergeant                #9243 

Saladin Sudberry                       Sergeant                #9244 

Justin Cajka                              Sergeant                #9245 

Higinio Rivera                           Sergeant                #9246 

Reginald Lanton                        Sergeant                #9247 

Ian Lower                                  Sergeant                #9248 

You may download photos  and video from today’s ceremony.

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