Wednesday, November 10, 2010

KCPD to promote 19 department members


A host of KCPD members will be promoted Wednesday, including KCPD’s chief spokesman.

The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 in the auditorium of the Kansas City Regional Police Academy. There will be two promotions to major, five to captain, seven to sergeant, one to master detective and four to civilian supervisor.

Captain Rich Lockhart, the face of KCPD in the news media and commander of the department’s Media Unit for more than eight years, will be promoted to Major. He will be assigned as leader of the Shoal Creek Patrol Division. Captain Melvin Harvey also will be promoted to major to serve in the newly re-introduced night commander position.

Wednesday’s ceremony also marks the first time in more than two years that anyone at KCPD has been promoted to captain. To make the most of slim resources and reduce the number of commanders, Chief James Corwin put a moratorium on those promotions until now.