Five Leesburg Police officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant on Monday, following a competitive process to evaluate their readiness and competency for the increase in responsibility.
Chief Greg Brown presided over the ceremony. He said sergeants hold great responsibility. “They are the ones who interact on a daily basis with the officers under their supervision to help guide and mentor them,” he said, adding that they are the first level of supervisor response during critical incidents are called upon to make immediate decisions based on the department’s procedures and the law.
The newly promoted sergeants are:
Wael Abilmona, a 14-year veteran of the department who has served in the Patrol Section and the Emergency Communications Center. He is also a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team;
Bradley Shultz, who joined the LPD three years ago and was previously employed by the Winchester Police Department. He has served in the Patrol Section and as a Field Training Officer;
Christopher Vogel, who joined the department four years ago coming from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. He has served in the Patrol Section and Criminal Investigations Sections; and
Eric Wakeham, who has been worked for the LPD for 13 years and was previously employed by the Norfolk Police Department. He has served in the Patrol Section, School Resource Unit, and is also a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team.