UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Police Department took over City Hall in order to recognize some of their own, Friday.
Eleven members of the UPD were promoted as part of a formal ceremony attended by Utica Mayor, Robert Palmieri.
Mayor Palmieri administered the oath to the officers receiving the promotion, and their family members pinned new badges on their uniforms.
This event was the largest promotion ceremony for the Department in more than 40 years, and was brought on by the need for new leaders amidst a large amount of retirements last year.
"What you just saw is the future of the Utica Police Department," said Police Chief, Mark Williams. "We'll thrive and succeed based on their success, give them the support they need, but on the same point, they have to follow our overall mission plan for the Department and the goals we set."
Among the newly-promoted officers, two lieutenants became captains, four sergeants became lieutenants, and five officers were promoted to sergeant.
The officers honored are listed below:
- Captain Michael Zdanowicz
- Captain Edward Noonan
- Lieutenant Peter Scalise
- Lieutenant Steve Hauck
- Lieutenant Charles Kelly
- Lieutenant Donald Cinque
- Sergeant Bryan Coromato
- Sergeant James Laurey
- Sergeant Edin Selimovic
- Sergeant Christopher Faniglula
- Sergeant Ashley Berger