GFPD promotes four officers

Posted at 5:33 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 19:33:41-04

Four Great Falls Police officers were promoted Friday morning.

A ceremony was held for them at the City Commission chambers.

The four officers promoted were Sgt. Rich Labard to lieutenant, Master Police Officer Matt Fleming was promoted to sergeant, and Senior Police Officers Tom Lynch and Adam Hunt were promoted to master police officers.

Shane Klippenes was also named the department’s newest chaplain.

Earlier this week, the GFPD welcomes three new officers: Kevin Lake, Lance Souza, and Lindy Whiting.

Municipal Court Judge Steve Bolstad administered the oath of office as GFPD chief David Bowen welcomed them to the department.

Whiting will attend the Montana Law Enforcement Academy basic course in Helena, which begins next week, while Souza and Lake will go straight into field training, as they both came to the GFPD from another agency/pre-service.

Whiting said, "It’s a privilege. You have to work hard for it, but it’s worth it. It’s important because you’re in a position to help other people in the community and your other fellow officers."

Whiting says she recognizes that she is a minority, being a woman in the field, but hopes to inspire little girls to follow their dreams no matter what.

“I hope it’s inspiring to little girls and young women so they know that they can do whatever they put their mind to. If they want to do something like this, since it’s not traditional, they can. I hope to stand in that example for them,” Whiting said.

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