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ASU Police Department Announces Promotions And Swears In New Officers

The Albany State University Police Department promoted two police officers and officially recognized its newly hired police and security officers at a swearing-in ceremony July 27 in the ACAD auditorium.

The department promoted Officers Taniece Harris and Andrael Jones to Sergeant and announced the addition of seven new officers to its staff. Certified Police Officers Lieutenant Daniel Diamond, Officers Kimberly Harper and Kelvin Nixon joined the department along with Security Officers Michelle Baker, Thomas Benson, Charles Davis and Jermaine Foster.

Lt. Diamond, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, has 11 years of law enforcement experience, nine years of U.S. Air Force service that includes tours in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University of Topeka, Kan.

Sgt. Harris, a Cuthbert, Ga. native with three years of law enforcement experience, has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since 2002.

Sgt. Jones, a native of Albany, Ga. with three years of law enforcement experience, served three years in the U.S. Army where he gained certification as an Army Paratrooper. He has an associate degree in Nursing and is currently studying to become a Registered Nurse.

Nixon, a Thomasville, Ga. native, has two years experience as a jailer with the Pelham Police Department and four years with the Grady County Sherriff's Office as a Patrol Officer and Patrol Sergeant.

Harper, an Albany, Ga. native, has two years of experience with the Albany Police Department. She holds an associate degree from the Albany Technical College in early childhood education and related care. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Troy University.

Benson, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., served for three years in the U.S. Army.

Baker, a Bluntstown, Fla. native, completed the Corrections Officer Course at Chipola Junior College, in Chipola, Fla.

Davis, a native of Bronx, NY, holds an associate degree in art advertisement and computer graphics from Bronx Community College.

Foster, a native of Sylvester, Ga., holds an associate degree and law enforcement specialist certificate, as well as homeland security certifications from Albany Technical College.

"It's a requirement for each officer to take an oath," said Major CaDedria Hill of the ASU Police Department. "Whenever we hire a group of new officers we have a ceremonial swearing-in to make sure all are in compliance with applicable laws."

ASU President Everette J. Freeman, who briefly greeted the audience, talked about the good work done by ASU Police.

"It gives me great comfort to know that according to the city's statistics Albany State is one of the most secure and safest venues in the city," Freeman said. "That is because of the great work done by Chief Brown, Asst. Chief Fields and all of the other officers of the ASU Police Department."

Judge Victoria Darrisaw, Dougherty County Magistrate Court, who performed the oath of office, also gave words of encouragement to the new officers.

"We are all very proud of you," she said. "We want you to do us proud, not just on duty, but wherever you go".

ASU Police Chief Roberson Brown encouraged the new officers to maintain the ASU Police Department’s excellent reputation.

"Our new officers have an awesome job ahead of them to keep the university safe," he said. "ASU is the safest university of the 35 units of the University System of Georgia."

Brown also delivered a special service award for excellence to Teresa Lewis, ASU Police Department Receptionist; and a Top Gun Award to Sergeant Roychard Hill for demonstrated exceptional marksmanship.

About 100 local law enforcement personnel and guests attended the event.

 

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(bottom left) Security Officer Thomas Benson, Sergeant Andrael Jones, Lieutenant Daniel Diamond, Security Officer Charles Davis, Officer Kelvin Nixon. (Seated from left) Officer Kimberly Harper, Sergeant Taniece Harris, Security Officer Michelle Baker and Security Officer Jermaine Foster.
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