Thursday, December 5, 2013

Richmond Police Promote Five Officers Within Its Rank

The Richmond Police Department is pleased to announce the promotions of five officers to the ranks of sergeant at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 6, at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road.

Chief Ray J. Tarasovic is proud to recognize the achievements of the officers who will now take on the new responsibilities of first-line supervisors.

“These officers have already shown immense ability and a self-generated drive towards leadership,” he said. “They have led their fellow officers with a determined work ethic, problem-solving skills and teamwork. I look forward to these professionals growing even further sergeants.”

Being promoted to the rank of sergeant are:
1.    Robert Fleming
2.    James Killingsworth
3.    Roy Pullen
4.    Stanley Sutton
5.    Andy Wilkins

The public and members of the media are invited to attend.

Sgt. Fleming has 14 years of experience in the Department. He loves motorcycles and has spent the past eight years in the Department’s Motorcycle Unit. During his career he has met two Presidents, two Vice Presidents, the Queen of England and Steven Spielberg.

Sgt. Killingsworth has 12 years of experience in the Department, and has been active with the Department’s the Police Athletic League for most of that time, helping to guide the city’s youth and build position relationships in the community.

Sgt. Pullen has been with the Richmond Police for the past 14 years and has spent most of his time in Second Precinct where he rose to the rank of detective, focusing on robberies, burglaries and other property crimes. As a licensed Master Captain, he is also certified to operate yachts, which would explain why he loves to be on the water.
Sgt. Sutton has been with the Department for eight years, and we look forward to his safe return from military leave. Most recently assigned to Second Precinct, Sutton’s defining characteristic, his lieutenant says, is his professionalism. When Sutton is involved with a project, assignment or operation – the result is always, 'Mission Accomplished.' The Marine Corps has the benefit of Sutton's skills and passionate service at this time – but the Department will again be benefitting soon enough.

Sgt. Wilkins brings 22 years of experience at the Department to his new role.  He has worked in First and Fourth Precinct patrol divisions as well as the Downtown Bike Unit and the School Resource Office program among many other assignments.