By Toni Stauffer
On Nov. 29, the Phenix City Police Department held a promotion ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Martin-Idle Hour Park Community Center. In the presence of family, friends, and coworkers, five officers received their promotions.
“Promotions is that time in anybody’s career where you are taking on additional responsibility,” said Chief Ray Smith. “These candidates that were promoted today had to take an action-based test indicative in any agency anywhere in the country. We want people to understand that this isn’t just some local accolade, but is recognized nationwide.”
After the promotions, everyone enjoyed refreshments.
Corporal Nicholas Tosti
Tosti was hired as a police officer March 9, 2015 and graduated from the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy (Jacksonville) in June 2015 with an academic average of 92.3. He also served in patrol.
Corporal Joseph Beldiman
Beldiman was hired as a police officer Jan. 5, 2015 and graduated from the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy July 30, 2015 with an academic average of 96.5, second in his class out of 82. He also served in Patrol.
Sergeant Edwin Reece
Reece was hired May 6, 2013 as a Police Officer and graduated from the Academy (Jacksonville) Nov. 21, 2013 with an academic average of 87.5. He was promoted to Corporal in May 2016, served in Patrol, served in Housing Authority (HA), and is currently serving in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID).
Sergeant Shawn Greenspan
Greenspan was hired August 12, 2013 as a Police Officer and graduated from the Academy (Jacksonville) April 4, 2014 with an academic average of 94.3. He received promotion to Corporal July 15, 2017. He served in Patrol and is currently serving in CID.
Lieutenant Darryl Williams
Williams was hired as a Police Officer Jan. 2, 2007. He graduated from the Academy in Montgomery on May 27, 1986. He was promoted to Corporal June 26, 2010 and then promoted to Sergeant on Dec. 8, 2012. He has served in Patrol, HA, CID, Metro, and is currently serving in Patrol.