New promotions within the Garland Police Department will become effective next week and will lead to changes within the leadership of the department. Five officers are promoting to the rank of Lieutenant and two Lieutenants will promote to the rank of Captain.
Two current lieutenant assignments affected in the changes are in the successful and high profile Neighbor Police Officer (NPO) program. Lieutenants Gary Gregory and Jeff Bryan, who have lead the NPO program for the past several years, are promoting to the rank of Captain. They are transferring to the Patrol Division in order to fill two captain’s positions recently vacated by retirements.
Transferring to the NPO supervisor positions are Lieutenants Scott Vornberg and Ben St Clair. Vornberg has been with the department 17 years and St Clair 14 years. These two lieutenants bring a wide range of career experience that is expected to be very helpful in leading the NPO program. The NPO unit consists of two lieutenants and 17 officers. The unit has a team approach that works throughout the City with citizens and business owners in an effort to solve problems and make Garland a safer place to both live and work.