SCMPD Adds 19 to the Ranks

Nineteen officers accepted their badges today at the Badge Pinning Ceremony for classes 238 and 239 from the Regional Academy and the first SCMPD graduates of Savannah Tech, class 0109.

Among the graduates, many officers who were drawn to Savannah-Chatham from other areas of the country— at least eight of graduates come from outside of the area, as far away as New York State.

“Once again, the strength of our recruiting efforts shows in these graduates,” said Police Chief Michael Berkow. “We are proud to have many former military graduates with us as well.”

This is the first group of graduates from the Savannah Technical College class.

Of the eleven graduates of class 0109, six are former military, and five have college degrees.

The class liaison for the Regional Academy, Ofc. Abbie Gottschall took highest honors in her class for Highest Academic Standing and Best Shooter.

Ofc. Gottschall is a graduate from West Point.

All three classes participated in a Community Legacy Project, collecting more than 1,100 pounds of food for America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.

They also participated in the annual CrimeStoppers run.

In addition to the graduation, Chief Berkow promoted two officers – one Lieutenant and one Sergeant.

Jeff Olson, who most recently served in the Office of Professional Standards, was promoted to Lieutenant, while Michelle Halford, who was most recently assigned to the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) was promoted to Sergeant.

Both will assume supervisory patrol duties in West Chatham Precinct.

The new officers began their assignments on May 30.

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