Mayor Jackson Promotes 24 Cleveland Police Officers

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Officers Promoted on Dec. 19 and Dec. 26 to the Ranks of Captain, Sergeant   

CLEVELAND – Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the oath of office to 24 members of the Cleveland Division of Police on Dec. 19 and Dec. 26, promoting them in rank.  Two members were promoted from the rank of lieutenant to the rank of captain.  Twenty-two members were promoted from patrol officer to sergeant.  Mayor Jackson administered the oath to 22 officers on Dec. 19 and two officers on Dec. 26. The Dec. 26 promotees were unable to attend the Dec. 19 ceremony. View the bios of all 24 officers here: 

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.

The following officers were promoted: 

    • Promoted to Captain on Dec. 26 was Robert Tucker
    • Promoted to Sergeant on Dec. 26 was Belal Ilain  
    • Promoted to Captain on Dec. 19 was Matthew Gallagher 
    • Promoted to Sergeant on Dec. 19 were:

o   Jose Garcia                                Sergeant                #9227 

o   Christopher Mobley                   Sergeant                #9228 

o   Jacquelyn Bennett                     Sergeant                #9229 

o   Michael Harper                         Sergeant                #9230 

o   Kenneth Koney                          Sergeant                #9231 

o   Michael Chapman                      Sergeant                #9232 

o   Eric Newton                               Sergeant                #9233 

o   Kevin Walker                            Sergeant                #9234 

o   Christopher Hoover                   Sergeant                #9235 

o   Kenneth Ryan                            Sergeant                #9236 

o   Vincent Schneider                      Sergeant                #9237 

o   Barry Bentley                            Sergeant                #9238 

o   Ian Mussell                                Sergeant                #9240 

o   Jennifer Hernandez                   Sergeant                #9241 

o   Brian Middaugh                        Sergeant                #9242 

o   Thomas Barry                            Sergeant                #9243 

o   Saladin Sudberry                       Sergeant                #9244 

o   Justin Cajka                              Sergeant                #9245 

o   Higinio Rivera                           Sergeant                #9246 

o   Reginald Lanton                        Sergeant                #9247 

o   Ian Lower                                  Sergeant                #9248 

Download photos and video from the Dec. 19 ceremony; Download photos and video from the Dec. 26 ceremony. 

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