Columbus Police Department Police Chief Ricky Boren elevated 113 officers to the newly created "First Class" rank during private Thursday ceremonies.
The rank is offered to any department member who has served more than two years and has not received any kind of disciplinary action during their past year of service. Each officer eligible for the promotion will receive a decorative stripe for their uniform.
"It's no different than what you're wearing on your pocket cover, and that's a safe driving award or a years of service award," Boren said. "It tells the public that you've been here for 24 months or more and it shows you're in good standing with the police department."
No additional supervisory duties or pay increase will be issued as a result of the rank, Boren said during the ceremony.
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Boren said the rank was created to recognize the dedication of officers who are close to receiving the corporal rank, as well as those who have been serving for multiple years.
"You are the Columbus Police Department. It's not me sitting in my office," Boren told the officers. "It's you in the streets. It's your reactions and the way you react to these citizens complaints that will reflect how the city thinks of this department."
Boren said he hoped the rank would help raise department pride in the work officers do for Columbus citizens.
"When I'm passing through the town and I see a police car or see a police officer, I look at them. If they're sloppy or the car's dirty, I don't have a good feeling about that town," Boren said. "When I look at y'all going down the road, I look at you to make sure that you're sharp and that you're performing your jobs the way we want you to, or the way you should want to — treating citizens like family."