Savannah's Finest Gaining Strength
Monday, February 16, 2009 6:46 AM
(SAVANNAH, GA) Chief Michael Berkow pinned badges on the latest group of Metro police officers at a ceremony at the Armstrong Center for Professional & Continuing Education on Thursday.
"It pleases me that we are recruiting and hiring so many officers with life experience and proven track records in public safety," said Chief Berkow. "The fact that we are recruiting such highly qualified people is testament to not only our recruiting efforts, but the good reputation of our department and the City of Savannah and Chatham County."
The latest batch of new Metro police officers include: a former Savannah firefighter (Ofc. John Mulligan), two former SCMPD interns (Ofcs. Tarra Kohler and Abby Salazar), an ER nurse from Memorial University Medical Center (Ofc.Kerrie Hammond, Class Liaison) and six-year veteran officer from Virginia (Ofc. Brian Krouse).
The 13 officers from Classes 236 and 237 ran together in the Bridge Run in December. The graduating group is made up of six women and seven men. Three of the new officers have prior military experience.
In addition to the graduating officers, Chief Berkow announced the promotion of four officers - one Lieutenant and three Sergeants. Anthony Atkins, who most recently served as the Chief's Adjutant, was promoted to Lieutenant, while the new Sergeants include: Sgt. Lenny Gunther, formerly of the training unit; Sgt. Mark Lupus, formerly of CNT, and Sgt. Joey Wright, patrol.
the new officers hit the streets starting tomorrow. For more information on the SCMPD college intern program, go to the City of Savannah's website, click on "Employment Opportunities" and "Police Cadet".
NEWLY PROMOTED OFFICERS
â¨Lt. Anthony Atkins â¨â¨Lt. Anthony Atkins has been a police officer since March 1989, starting his career with the Chatham County Police Department. He served time in the Army and National Guard before dedicating his career to law enforcement. He was promoted to Advanced Police Officer in 1990, and promoted to Corporal in May of 2000. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2003 and commanded the Special Investigations Unit of the department. Most recently, he served as Adjutant to the Office of the Chief of Police. â¨â¨
Sgt. Lenny Gunther â¨â¨Sgt. Gunther became a police officer in 2001. He was promoted to APO and later transferred from patrol to the Criminal Investigations Division in July of 2004. Sgt. Gunther received his Master of Arts from Webster University in Business and Organizational Security Management in 2007. Before being promoted, Sgt. Gunther most recently served as an instructor and coordinator in the Training Unit. â¨â¨Sgt. Mark Lupus â¨Sgt. Lupus started his public safety career with the Chatham County Sheriff's Department. He became a police officer with the Chatham County Police Department in 1996. He was promoted to Advanced Police Officer in 2000. In September of 2002, Sgt. Lupus transferred from patrol to the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, where he became a valuable asset to the squad, handling all intelligence functions for CNT.
â¨â¨â¨Sgt. Joseph "Joey" Wright â¨Sgt. Joey Wright joined the Savannah Police Department in 1983. He was promoted to Corporal in 1989 and then Star Corporal in August of 2003. He has spent a good portion of his career on Patrol, receiving numerous letters and commendations for his dedication to community service. He has also spent time in the Special Operations Traffic Unit conducting enforcement and investigations. Most recently Wright was working in West Chatham Precinct and is the Chairman of Safe Kids Savannah.