Nearly a dozen Anchorage police officers ascended to leadership positions in the department Friday, as they were promoted to higher ranks within the muni’s expanding force.

APD Chief Justin Doll and Mayor Ethan Berkowitz both attended Friday’s ceremony at the Wilda Marston Theatre inside the Loussac Library. Each of the promoted officers – two captains, two lieutenants and six sergeants – had their new rank insignia pinned on their collars by their families and loved ones.

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The promotions occur as APD swells its ranks toward a target of 450 sworn officers, most recently swearing in 18 new officers from a police academy which concluded in November. Berkowitz, newly re-elected to a second term this month, has made expanding APD a priority as the city addresses back-to-back record numbers of homicides and a statewide surge in property crimes.

“When I look down the road at what’s coming for us, it all looks good to me,” Doll said during opening remarks to the promoted officers. “I’m very excited about 2018 – I’m excited about where the department’s headed, and I’m just thrilled to have 10 people step into new leadership roles to help us get there.”

Joshua Nolder and Michael Kerle were promoted from lieutenant to captain, each taking senior roles within APD. Nolder will head the department’s Detective Division, while Kerle will head the Crime Suppression Division.

The men, who have 15 and 21 years of experience respectively with APD, most recently headed several specialized groups. Nolder oversaw the Crimes Against Children, Special Victims and Cyber Crimes units, while Kerle commanded the Investigative Support Unit as well as APD’s SWAT and Crisis Negotiation teams, K-9 and Technical Support units and the Explosive Ordnance Division.

Shaun Henry and Gerard Asselin advanced from sergeant to lieutenant, taking over Nolder and Kerle’s previous commands. Henry, a longtime SWAT officer and training instructor, and Asselin, a former detective and previous president of the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association, have been with APD for 11 and 20 years respectively.

Officers Bryan Ranger, Kelly Huston, Bradley Clark, Jeffery Whitworth, David Noll and Cory Crane were all promoted to sergeant. Ranger and Whitworth have served as patrol officers, while Huston and Crane have been members of the Crisis Negotiation Team; Clark was a school resource officer, and Noll has served with the Traffic Unit.

Huston received her sergeant’s pins Friday from her husband, Officer Scott Huston.

Newly promoted APD Sgt. Kelly Huston receives rank pins from her husband, APD Officer Scott Huston, on Friday, April 20, 2018. (Credit: Ken Kulovany/KTVA)

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