Thursday, November 11, 2010

Richmond Police Promotes 3 in Its Ranks

As of tomorrow, the Richmond Police Department will have a new major, a new captain and a new sergeant.

Three of the Department’s own will be presented these titles and ranks in a promotion ceremony 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road. The event is open to the public.

Captain Steve Drew will become a major after more than 17 years with Richmond Police. He currently leads the Department’s Major Crimes Division, comprising the Major Crimes, Forensics and Homicide units. As major, he will be in charge of Operations Area 1, which includes First Precinct and Second Precinct.

Lt. Brian Russell moves up to captain in the Major Crimes Division, replacing Captain Drew. Lt. Russell, a 27-year veteran of the Department, spent seventeen years working in the Narcotics Unit and Special Investigations before becoming a detective and then the lieutenant leading the Homicide Unit.

Acting Sgt. Jayson Walter can remove the acting status from his title. Sgt. Walter has been with the Department six years and will continue in his role as a midnight shift sergeant at First Precinct.

“I am pleased to be able to continue to build my leadership team with the talent and experience we have right here in Richmond Police,” Chief Bryan T. Norwood said. “These individuals have proven time and again that they have embraced our community policing philosophy and are ready and able to move this Department forward.”