SAVANNAH, GA (November 3, 2015): The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department held a Promotion Ceremony this morning as Chief of Police Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr. promoted four sergeants to the rank of lieutenant.

Each new lieutenant was selected for their character, competence and integrity.  Combined they have 66 years of law enforcement experience in Savannah and Chatham County.

IMG_6016Lt. Michelle Halford is a 15-year veteran, currently assigned to the Office of Professional Standards. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Armstrong State University and she’s a recent graduated of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations course. Her new assignment is the Southside Precinct.

Lt. Halford said, “My goals are to continue my education and be a role model to other officers; sharing my knowledge, skills and abilities to make this agency more effective and efficient.” Halford plans to continue the Chief’s vision of building trust.

IMG_6023Lt. David Owens is a 27 year veteran and is currently assigned to patrol as a Southside Precicnt watch supervisor. He graduated from the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course 123rd session, he holds a management level Georgia POST certification and is a recent graduate of the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations course. His new assignment is the Downtown Precinct.

Lt. Owens said, “I hope as a member of the command staff I can help strengthen public trust in this agency and the law enforcement profession, leading from the front.” Owens said he would like to see a clearly defined mentoring program for new sergeants and lieutenants. He also has a lot of computer expertise that he could use to help the agency find new high tech tools to increase productivity, safety and public satisfaction.

IMG_6019Lt. Tonya Reid joined the agency 14 years ago. She is currently assigned to the Office of Professional Standards. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership and Management from Webster University and is also a graduate of the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations course.

Lt. Reid quoted Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Her new assignment is the Islands Precinct.

IMG_6012Lt. Alex Tobar is a 10 year veteran and is currently assigned to the Criminal investigations Division’s Violent Crime Unit. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University, he holds a management and supervisory level Georgia POST certification and is a recent graduate of the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations course and instructors course. His new assignment is the West Chatham Precinct.

Lt. Tobar said, “My goal is to continue to work to inspire, guide and support the changes the SCMPD need to be a world class police department.”

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