SAVANNAH, GA (November 30, 2017) – Hundreds gathered this afternoon as the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department held a promotion and badge pinning ceremony at The Westin.

Robert P. Gavin and Kerry A. Thomas were recognized today for their promotions to the rank of Assistant Chief.

Gavin, who is an Army veteran, began his law enforcement career in 1994 and joined the Savannah Police Department soon after. In his most recent capacity, he served as the Management Services Division commander. Assistant Chief Gavin will now lead the department’s Administrative and Management Operations Bureau, heading the department’s efforts dedicated to systems improvement and quality assurance.

Thomas joined the Savannah Police Department in 1988 and, in his most recent capacity, served as the Patrol Division commander. Assistant Chief Thomas will now lead the department’s Field Operations Bureau, heading the department’s efforts and initiatives to continuously reduce crime.

Six women and 12 men were also recognized at the ceremony for graduating from the SCMPD’s Patrol School after completing an eight-week training course, which followed 11 weeks of training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Garden City. Today new officers’ families and friends joined them on stage for the Badge Pinning Ceremony. Congratulations to Officers Charles Brisbin III, Michael Day, Jessica Ecklund, Patrick Freightman, Nickki Garman, Seth Gilluly, James Haire, Nicole Lantino, Andrew Nelson, Jonathan Penn, Eugene Perez, Christina Perkins, Mordecai Rolle, Luz Santiago, Brenden Sheahan, Robert Simmons Jr., Peter Suppa and Adriana Taylor.

“This is a noble professional. You are the new leaders,” Chief Lumpkin told the new officers. “To the families of our new officers and our assistant chiefs, thank you for entrusting your loved ones to us and this honorable profession.”