SAVANNAH, GA (April 17, 2015) – This morning 35 members of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department graduated from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations program.

The 120-hour class was held at the SCMPD Training Center over the course of the past three months. This is the first time the LPO program has been taught in Savannah. The graduates consisted of lieutenants, sergeants, employees of the year, and civilian leaders from throughout the department.

Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr., Assistant Chief Julie Tolbert, Mayor Edna Jackson and City Manager Stephanie Cutter congratulated the graduates today as they received their certificates.

“Every member of this department has to be a leader; the community needs us to be. They look to us to effect change in their neighborhoods or in their lives,” said Chief Lumpkin. “These graduates will be able to take this training and improve the motivation, satisfaction and performance within the department and the community and apply these principals to whatever they do or wherever they go in law enforcement.”

APO Marty Whitcomb is one of the graduates. “This has been the hardest, but the best training I have ever had as a police officer,” he said.

Chief Lumpkin plans to expand this training to all SCMPD officers and employees over the next year.

The graduates are: Sgt. David Barefield, Sgt. Chad Bote, Lt. Ashley Brown, Sgt. John Cain, Lt. Keith Edwards, Sgt. Clarence Few, Sgt. Torrance Garvin, Lt. Robert Gavin, Lt. David Gay, Lt. Joy Gellatly, Sgt. Eddie Grant, Ms. Jessica Grove, Lt. Lenny Gunter, Sgt. Michelle Halford, APO Bryan Harrell, Lt. Cary Hill, Sgt. Chris Hinson, Sgt. Darold Holmes, APO Sam Hunt, Ms. Lynnette Hymes, Sgt. Andre Jackson, Sgt. Steve Kohles, APO Carl Meadows, Lt. Greg Mitchell, Sgt. David Owens, Ms. Diana Pinckney, Sgt. Tonya Reid, Sgt. Tammy Shoop, Mr. Gary Taylor, Sgt. Alex Tobar, Lt. Harry Trawick, APO Robie Walp, APO Marty Whitcomb, Sgt. Joey Wright, and Sgt. Shinita Young.