SAVANNAH, GA (May 18, 2017) – Hundreds gathered at Savannah State University’s King Frazier Student Center Ballroom this afternoon as the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department held a promotion and badge pinning ceremony.

Seven SCMPD officers were promoted to the rank of Sergeant: William Bailey, Chase Cogswell, Phillip Collard, Wesley Johnson, Steven Kohles, Alycia McLemore, and Romel Petit-Frere.

Assistant Chief Juliette Tolbert congratulated seven new sergeants on their promotions

Six women and 25 men also graduated from the SCMPD’s Patrol School after completing that eight-week training course, which followed 11 weeks of training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Garden City. Today new officers’ family and friends joined them on stage for the Badge Pinning Ceremony. Congratulations to Terrance Allen, Justin Anderson, David Bond, Thomas Brazell, Frankie Butler, Jr., Sherry Conaway, John Dougherty, William Eng, Mark Fleming, Ian Gallagher, Adrian Gates, Justin Hart, Samantha Heard, James Humphries, Arthur Thorpe, Luke Kirkwood, Adam Kremer, Jeremy Lambert, Silver Leuschner, LaBrian Lymus, Bradley McClellan, D’Andre Miller, Christopher Muddiman, Joshua Orlansky, Magyn Pietrzykowski, Nicholas Peterson, Wesley Sapp, Braden Simmons, Jessica Smith, Helen VanDeusen, and Cleveland White.

SCMPD welcomed 31 new officers

“This is a calling,” Assistant Chief Julie Tolbert said to the new officers and the newly promoted sergeants. “Thank you for stepping forward and for your willingness to serve our community.”