You can't be a good cop without being willing to make sacrifices, Springettsbury Township Police Chief Thomas Hyers told a crowd gathered Friday afternoon at the police station.
Police officers accept that reality, which means their spouses automatically bear those sacrifices as well, he said.
That's why Hyers asked the wives of four officers to step forward with their husbands at Friday's ceremony. Three of those officers were promoted, a fourth was honored for having 20 years on the job.
"This is a big day," Hyers said, adding he has no doubt the right officers were chosen for promotion.
At Hyers' urging, the wives of the promoted officers took off their husbands' old badges, then pinned on their new ones. After all, the chief said, half those badges symbolically belong to them.
Lieutenant: Former sergeant Todd R. King is now operations lieutenant for the department.
He previously served as a patrol shift supervisor, a platoon corporal and a field-training officer.
King, 42, graduated from Spring Grove Area High School in 1987 and received advanced training in traffic crash investigations, forensic mapping and supervision.
King has been with the department for 15 years.
Two corporals: Former patrolman Richard M. Thompson, a six-year officer with Springettsbury, is now a corporal and will serve as a patrol supervisor.
Before coming to Springettsbury Township, he spent about six years with the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland.
Thompson, 33, graduated from York Catholic High School in 1996 and earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from York College in 2000.
Former patrolman Gregory T. Hadfield is also now a corporal. He's been with the department for seven years.
Hadfield, 32, previously spent four years as an officer with the Ferndale Police Department in Michigan.
He is a 1998 graduate of Berkley High School in Michigan and in 2001 earned an associate's degree in criminal justice from Rochester College, also in Michigan.
20 years on the job: Longtime Detective Raymond Craul was honored Friday for 20 years of service with the department. He celebrated that anniversary on Jan. 13, according to Lt. Dan Stump.
"It is impressive, and it is a show of resilience and dedication," Hyers said of an officer's 20-year anniversary.
Craul, 42, was born and raised in Dover and graduated from Dover Area High School.
He was hired by Springettsbury Township Police as a patrol officer in January 1992 and promoted to detective in August 1997.
Craul said he has no plans to retire.
"I love coming to work," he said.
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