Four Pine Bluff police officers were promoted by Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant Friday morning during a ceremony at the Police Department.
Sergeants Shawn Davis and Jason Howard were promoted to lieutenant, filling the positions of lieutenants Edna Butler and Micheal Jenkins, who have both retired. Promoted to sergeant were patrolmen Donald Griffin and Richard Wegner.
Davis, a native of Pine Bluff, has been with the department for 17 years, starting in 2002. He graduated from Watson Chapel High School and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
During his tenure with the department, Davis has worked in and later served as a supervisor in the Patrol, Quality of Life, Detective and Vice/Narcotics Divisions, and he is also as a member of the Violent Crime Task Force. He successfully completed Homicide School at the Southern Police Institute at the University of Kentucky Louisville and has taken advanced courses from the John E. Reid School of Interviewing and Interrogation.
Howard, the son of a Little Rock police officer, has been with the department for 14 years, being hired in 2005 and completing the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in December of that year. He spent time in the Patrol Division, where he was a field training officer and a member of the SWAT Team. He has attended two Officer Survival Schools.
He transferred to the Vice/Narcotics Division in 2009 and was promoted to sergeant in that division in 2015. Howard has completed numerous training classes related to narcotics, including the FBI Academy for training in Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and the John E. Reid Advanced Interview and Interrogation Techniques course.
Howard is also the department’s SWAT Team Leader.
Griffin has been with the Police Department since 2013 and is currently the youngest member of the SWAT Team. As of Friday, he became the youngest sergeant in the department at age 27.
During his time with the department, Griffin has worked in the Patrol Division, where he served as a Field Training Officer. He was assigned to the Bike Patrol and to detectives and has received a number of awards, including a lifesaving award in 2017.
Wegner received a Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has 2,540 hours of continued education since being hired.
He spent five-and-a-half years in the Patrol Division, nine years as a detective and one year as a traffic officer before being assigned to the Training Division, where he has spent the last six years as an instructor and as the department’s public information officer. He is also the Terminal Access Coordinator (TAC) and point of contact with the Arkansas Crime Information Center and National Crime Information Center.