OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Allentown Police Department has added four new officers and promoted 12 during a recent ceremony in City Council Chambers. Mayor Ed Pawlowski conducted the oath of office, and was proud to do so.

“These promotions complete a necessary reorganization of the department in the wake of the retirements late last year required under the DROP program,” said the mayor. “The promotions establish the leadership of the Allentown Police Department. With Chief Fitzgerald’s guidance, the Allentown Police Department is in good hands for years to come.”

The 12 promoted officers are veterans of the force who earned their promotions in recognition of their accomplishments and dedication to the force.

Keith Morris joined the department in 1997, and has steadily worked his way up the ranks to his new position as Assistant Chief. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and graduated last spring from the US Department of Justice FBI National Academy. In addition, Morris was named commander of the Hostage Negotiation Team and Director of Training of the Gerald M. Monahan Sr. Police Academy in 2013.

Captain William Reinik was a sergeant in the US Marine Corps prior to joining the department in 1993. He was promoted to 4th Platoon Lieutenant. Captain Tony Alsleben joined the department in 2000. He was later transferred to the Police Academy in 2007, where he currently serves as Commander. Captain William Lake was hired in September 1998 after serving in the US Army Reserves for six years, and was promoted to Sergeant in 2008, where he was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division.

Sergeants Andrew Hausman, Daniel Wiedemann, and Stephan Vangelo were all promoted to lieutenant. Hausman joined the team in 1991, where he was first assigned to the Traffic Bureau-Hamilton Mall District before becoming Sergeant in 2002. He is a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team. Wiedemann was hired in 1996 and assigned to 1st Platoon until his promotion to Sergeant of the 1st Platoon in 2005. He served 11 years in the US Air Force, including 18 months of active-duty post 9/11. Vangelo joined the department in 1997 as a patrolman, and in addition to being Lieutenant, he serves as Tactical Team Commander of the Emergency Response Team.

In lieu of the promoted Sergeants, Pawlowski announced the promotions of officers Kyle Hough, Robert Holler, Raymond Sannie, Thomas Anderson, and Karl Kozlowski to Sergeant. Hough was hired in 1998 to the 2nd Platoon where he worked the Vice and Intelligence Unit. He is also a member of the Emergency response team. Holler became an officer in 1999 and was assigned to the 1st Platoon, in addition to serving in the Youth Division. Sannie was hired in 2000 to the Criminal Investigation Division and replaced Captain Lake as Sergeant. Anderson became a member of the department in 2001 and was assigned to the 2nd Platoon in addition to the Criminal Investigation Division. Kozlowski was hired in 2002 to the 3rd Platoon, and is a member of the Emergency Response Team with Hough.

“This is an outstanding group of officers,” said Chief Fitzgerald. “They have earned their promotions via their leadership skills, their test scores, and their dedication to the job. I am proud to see them get their extra stripes.”

Pawlowski also swore in four new officers to the Allentown Police Department including Robert Busch, Brian Best, Adam Dennis, and Christopher Matthews.