28 city police officers promoted to sergeant

16 become lieutenants

December 21, 2004|By Ryan Davis | Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

Nearly four dozen Baltimore police officers were promoted last night during an event that included pomp, circumstance and little children pinning new badges on their fathers and mothers.

Acting police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm told the crowd of more than 400 that the city expects the new sergeants and lieutenants to follow their conscience.

"Doing the right thing is a lot more than not doing the wrong thing," Hamm said.

During the 45-minute ceremony at the police headquarters auditorium, 28 officers were promoted to sergeant and 16 sergeants were promoted to lieutenant. Sergeants typically supervise small numbers of officers, and lieutenants oversee larger groups.

The officers walked onto the stage, saluted the acting commissioner, enjoyed vigorous handshakes with Hamm and received framed certificates. Family members and friends pinned new badges on the newly promoted. Some officers knelt to the stage floor as their small children affixed the badges to their uniforms.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions provided an incorrect breakdown of promotions by the Baltimore Police Department. During a Monday night ceremony, 26 officers were promoted to sergeant and 18 sergeants were promoted to lieutenant.
The Sun regrets the errors.

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