Springdale, SC (Paul Kirby) - The Springdale Police Department recently held a swearing in ceremony where three police officers were promoted and a new officer was sworn in as a member of the force. They also recognized an officer and civilian employee for taking on additional roles at the department. The promotion, recognition and swearing-in ceremony took place last Tuesday at the town council meeting.
According to their social media outlets, Chief Richbourg said, “I believe it speaks volumes that we are able to promote from within to grow our department. I feel it is important to train officers not only for the position they currently have, but also for future positions. I hope that all our officers will one day have a leadership role in law enforcement.”
Among the officers who were promoted was Sergeant Manuel who has five years of law enforcement experience. He was promoted to the rank of captain.
Officer Sharpe, who has seven years of law enforcement experience, will be the departments new investigator. This was a part of the chief’s duties before he was promoted.
Patrolman First Class Gantt, who has three years of law enforcement experience, was promoted to the rank of corporal.He has also been the department’s K-9 handler.
Officer Harrelson, who has six years of law enforcement experience, was recognized for taking on the additional role of victim advocate. This is a role that is important to the department as the victim’s advocate represents those impacted by crimes throughout the process of recovering, investigation, and adjudication or an incident.
Officer Wilhelm, who has seven years of law enforcement experience, joined the force and was sworn in.
Ms. Freedman, who has been working for the department as a civilian employee, was recognized for taking on the additional role of PIO. A PIO is the public information officer that deals with the press and Freedom of Information Act request.