Seven Greensboro Police Officers Advance in Rank

Submitted by: Susan C. Danielsen

Seven Greensboro police officers will be promoted in a ceremony Monday, June 2 in City Council Chambers at 10 a.m. Included among those being promoted will be the Department’s newest Deputy Chief, Brian A. Cheek.
Cheek joined the Greensboro Police Department in 1988 as a member of the 63rd Police Basic Introductory Course. His significant assignments include: Commander of the Western Division, Commanding Officer of the Resource Management Division, Executive Officer to the Chief of Police, and Commanding Officer of the Professional Standards Division.
Cheek will assume command of the Support Bureau. Deputy Chief Anita L. Holder, the previous commander of the Support Bureau, will lead GPD’s efforts to realign patrol boundaries and institute Neighborhood Oriented Policing. The goal of this transformation is to develop a patrol infrastructure with ownership of geographic areas so the men and women in GPD can build stronger relationships with the people they serve.
Advancing to the rank of captain is Jeffrey P. Lowdermilk who joined GPD in 1992. Most recently, he served as the Executive Officer for Vice and Narcotics Division. He has served in positions of increased responsibility including: Watch Commander, Executive Officer of Eastern Division, and Executive Officer of Vice and Narcotics. He also served as a member of the Underwater Recovery Team from 1994-2007, and Bike Team from 2002-2009. The Navy veteran earned GPD’s Medal of Valor in 2000. He holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree from Guilford College in Justice and Accounting. Lowdermilk will assume command of the Southern Patrol Division.
D.J. Davis, a graduate of the 73rd PBIC, is being promoted to lieutenant. Davis joined GPD in 1997 and began his career in Southern Patrol Division. As a sergeant, he served as a Court Liaison, supervised the School Resource Officers, managed the Warrant Squad, and was assigned to the Professional Standards Division. Davis was also a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team from 2012- 2013.  He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from NC A&T University. Davis is also a veteran of the US Army.
M.D. Menshew, who joined GPD in 1998 as a member of the 74th PBIC advances to the rank of sergeant. He has spent most of his career in Western Division, but has also served in Central and Eastern Divisions. He has earned two Lifesaving medals. Menshew holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Guilford College in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Computer Security Hardware/Software and Investigations.
Also being promoted to sergeant is R.A. Sears, a graduate of the 79th PBIC who joined GPD in 2001. Sears began her career as a patrol officer in Eastern Division, and then transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where she was a detective in the Residential Property Section, Special Victims Unit, and PM Investigations Squad. She graduated Elon University in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Sports Medicine with minors in Criminal Justice and Political Science.
B.G. Pilcher will be the third newly-promoted sergeant. He joined GPD in 1994 as a member of the 70th PBIC. Most recently he was assigned to CID as a detective with the Special Victims Unit, and, later in the Homicide Squad. Pilcher was a member of the Special Response Team from 2002-2009. He graduated from UNC-C in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Advancing to the rank of corporal is L.M. Albert. She joined GPD in 2005 as a member of the 85th PBIC, and has served in Central Division as a patrol officer and member of the Center City Resource Team. She earned a Superior Service bar in 2013. Albert graduated magna cum laude from UNC-G in 2005 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology with a Criminology concentration.

            In addition to the promotions, several members of the command group will receive new assignments.
Capt. U. Hope Newkirk will assume command of Western Division.
Capt. Richard B. Whisenant assumes command of Operational Support Division.
Capt. Joel T. Cranford assumes command of Professional Standards Division.
Capt. Shon F. Barnes becomes the commanding officer of Central Division.

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