"GREENSBORO, NC (November 17, 2015) – Nineteen officers with the Greensboro Police Department will advance in rank at 9 am Wednesday, November 18 during a ceremony in the City Council Chamber, second floor of the Melvin Municipal Office Building, 300 W. Washington St. The department will promote two officers to captain, two to lieutenant, six to sergeant, and nine to corporal.
Tess Biffle advances to the rank of captain and assumes command of the Patrol Operations Bureau. Biffle joined the Greensboro Police Department in April 1995 as a member of the 71st Police Basic Introductory Course (PBIC). Most recently, she served as executive officer in the Criminal Investigations Division. She earned a Departmental Commendation bar in 2007, and a Lifesaving award in 2009. Biffle holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Organizational Communications from Guilford College. Additionally, she graduated with honors from the Administrative Officers Course in 2008.
Larry Thompson, the most senior of the promotees, will assume command of Patrol Division 3 upon promotion to captain. He replaces Capt. Hope Newkirk who will be retiring with 30 years of service this month. Thompson joined GPD in 1991 as a member of the 68th PBIC where he earned the Michael J. Winslow award for most outstanding recruit. He most recently served as Executive Officer for Patrol Division 2. Thompson holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Religion from Gardner Webb University, and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Theological Seminary.
Two officers will attain the rank of lieutenant. Terence K. Brown joined GPD in 1994 as a member of the 70th PBIC. In addition to serving as a patrol officer, he also served as a member of the Robbery Suppression Team. His most recent assignment was on the Crimes Against Persons Squad. Brown received the Guilford Merchants’ Association’s Crime Prevention and in Business Award. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Upon promotion, he will be assigned as a Watch Commander. Stephanie Mardis graduated from the 80th PBIC in 2002. Prior to this promotion, she was an investigator in the Professional Standards Division. She is also a member of the Honor Guard. Mardis earned Rookie of the Year in 2004. She is also involved in several community outreach programs including the African American Male Initiative and Junior Achievement. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Bennett College. She will also be assigned as a Watch Commander upon
Six officers are advancing to the rank of sergeant. Matthew S. Allred joined GPD in 1997 as a member of the 73rd PBIC. In addition to assignments in the Patrol Bureau and Special Operations Division, he served multiple assignments in Vice/Narcotics Division. Allred obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science from UNC Chapel Hill in 1996. He is a member of the Peer Support Team. Demorrise Anderson joined GPD as a member of the 80 PBIC in 2002. In addition to his assignments in the Patrol Bureau, he served in the Criminal Investigations Division. Thomas J. Miller, Jr. joined GPD in 1999 as a member of the 76 PBIC. He has served in both the Patrol Bureau and the Criminal Investigations Division. William Symmes is another graduate of the 80 PBIC. His most recent assignment was as a K9 handler for Amber, a narcotics detection dog. Symmes twice earned Officer of the Month, and was awarded the Medal of Valor in 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Criminology/Sociology from UNC Greensboro. He will be assigned to the Center City Resource Tem upon promotion. Ryan Todd joined GPD in 2004 as a member of the 82 PBIC. He has been assigned to the Patrol Bureau and the Research and Planning Division. Most recently, he served in the Fraud and Financial Crimes Unit in the Criminal Investigations Division. Additionally, her serves on the Board of Directors for the Sanctuary House, a mental health and wellness facility in Greensboro. Todd has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology from UNC Greensboro. He will be assigned to the Police Neighborhood Resource Center upon promotion. Eric Tuck graduated from eth 77 PBIC in 2000. He has spent his tenure in the Patrol Bureau, and received a Lifesaving Award in 2012. Tuck holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Rockingham Community College.
Nine officers obtain the rank of corporal. Frances R. Banks is another member of the 80 PBIC. She has been assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Criminal Investigations Division, and most recently as a Background Investigator and Recruiter. Banks is member of the Peer Support Team. She earned a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Liberty University. Christopher S. Bradshaw is a graduate of the 82 PBIC. He has been assigned to the Patrol Bureau and the Vice/Narcotics Division. He most served as a Community Resource Officer in Patrol Division 3. Bradshaw earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from UNC Wilmington in 2003. Dwayne Diaz joined GPD in 2007 and graduated from the 87 PBIC. He most recently served as a K9 handler, and will remain a handler upon promotion. Diaz was selected as Rookie of the Year in 2008. He was selected as Officer of the Month in 2009, 2010, and 2013. Shawn R. Johnson joined GPD in 2003 as a member of the 81 PBIC. He has served in both the Patrol Bureau and the Vice/Narcotics Division. Upon promotion, he will be a Community Resource Team officer in Patrol District 3. Marcus R. McPhatter graduated from the 87 PBIC in 2007. He most recently served in the Vice/Narcotics Division, and is a member of the Special Response Team. McPhatter earned a Master’s degree in Administrative and Justice Securities from University of Phoenix in 2010, and his Advanced law Enforcement Certificate in 2012.
Jonathan A. Sink joined GPD in 2002 and graduated from the 80 PBIC. He has served in the Patrol Bureau throughout his tenure, and is an Assistant Team Leader for the Mobile Command Center. He earned Officer of the Month in 2014, and a Certificate of Merit in 2015. Sink has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University. Cody St. Pierre joined GPD in 2008 and graduated from the 89th PBIC. He served four years in Patrol and has served as a Detective in CID since 2012. He is currently assigned to the Family Victims Unit. He has been awarded the departmental life saving award on two occasions, the Superior Service Bar and he was the 2015 Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year. St. Pierre earned an AA Degree from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. Jeanna G. Thomas is a graduate of the 74 PBIC. She joined GPD in 1998 and has served in the Patrol Bureau and Research and Planning Division. Hector J. Velez became a GPD employee in 2008 and graduated from the 89 PBIC. He has served as a patrol officer and Community Resource Team officer. He is also a member of the Underwater Recovery Team. Velez has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography form UN Greensboro. He served in the US Navy from 2000-2004."
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