It was a proud day for seven Dearborn Police Department officers who were sworn in Monday to their newly promoted positions.
“They follow a bunch of great people in service who set great examples,” Chief of Police Ronald Haddad said. “And with that, I told them that our expectations based on the challenges of today will be far greater.”
Haddad explained that officer promotions are based on a combination of their score on a written test, performance evaluation, and seniority. Seargents also must go through a two-day assessment.
“It’s highly competitive,” he said. “There’s integrity in it, and we’ve set the standards high.”
The officers who received promotions—about 25 of the department’s supervisory staff—include:
- Sgt. Donald Wilcox, promoted to Lieutenant
- Sgt. Issa Shahin, promoted to Lieutenant
- Sgt. Stephen Renico, promoted to Lieutenant
- Cpl. Vincent Belloli, promoted to Sergeant
- Cpl. Timothy McHale, promoted to Sergeant
- Cpl. Jamison Carpenter, promoted to Sergeant
- Cpl. Andrew Zelazny, promoted to Sergeant
Mayor Jack O’Reilly called the promotions a continuation of the “heritage of leadership that exists in our police department.”
“We are a service-oriented community and a service-oriented police department, and we’re a successful one,” he said. “We see this in terms of the innovations, the ways to keep pace with technology and use that as a tool. But at the end of the day, it’s the people on the street; the people who are engaged.
“Our officers—they’re the ones who get it done, and we’re very proud.”