DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Several officers in the Dothan Police Department were either promoted or honored at a special ceremony on Tuesday.
According to Police Chief William Benny, every day law enforcement officers put on their badges and go on duty, they know their lives are about to be on the line and do it with no hesitation.
That is one of the many reasons why he said the promotions come as no surprise.
Thomas Davis has been an officer with the Dothan Police Department since 2010. He started his career as a corrections deputy in California over 16 years ago and said it is an accomplishment to be promoted as a Police Lieutenant.
“I can honestly say that I have had an enjoyable sixteen years and I don’t even feel like it is a job sometimes,” Davis said.
According to Davis, the passion he has for his career in law enforcement will help him in this new position. He said he has learned to be transparent when serving the community which is important in training officers entering the field so they can avoid any possible dilemmas.
“We have a bad reputation for what is going on in the nation but I feel like being a lieutenant, I now have the opportunity to put my stamp on it, help these young officers and be proactive in the community,” Davis said.
Davis hopes to help bridge the gap between officers and residents in the Wiregrass. He tells WDHN News, the community should trust they will do the right thing and make the right decisions regardless of color or social status.
Davis encourages young people to look into the police force but make sure it is something they really want to do because it can be a fun but intense job.
“I want the community to know that we are here for them,” Davis said. “When we respond to calls we are there to assist them. We plan on being transparent with them, my squad as well. We want them to know we are here to do the right thing.”
Davis said this promotion is an honor and no matter the title, he will continue to serve and protect the Wiregrass community.