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Winston-Salem Police Department - Dec. 30, 2015

Police Chief Barry Rountree has announced several promotions. On January 8, 2016 (Friday) at 4 p.m., a promotional ceremony is scheduled in the Home and Garden Building of the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. The highest level promotion is Captain Catrina Thompson who will advance to Assistant Police Chief.

Captain Thompson is a 22-year veteran of the Winston-Salem Police Department. She currently serves as the commander of Criminal Investigations Division of the Investigative Services Bureau. In 1994, Thompson graduated with Winston-Salem Police Department Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) class 34. Four years later, she was promoted to the rank of Senior Police Officer. In 2003, she advanced to the rank of Sergeant, then to the rank of Lieutenant in 2006 and in 2014, progressed to the rank of Captain. During her tenure, Captain Thompson has served in the Patrol Division, Recruiting, Training Division and Criminal Investigations Division.

Captain Thompson, 47, earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Later, she earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University. Thompson has completed numerous courses in management and leadership including FBI-LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association) where she earned a Trilogy Award. She is also a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy. In 2004, she was selected to represent the Winston-Salem Police Department in a group study exchange program in Mexico. Thompson is currently a member of Leadership Winston-Salem Class of 2016. Thompson is currently the President of the Mental Health Association of Forsyth County. Captain Thompson is married to Alonzo and they have two children, Alyson and Christopher.

“I’m humbled by my promotion to the rank of Assistant Police Chief,” says Captain Thompson. “I’m also honored to serve the citizens of Winston-Salem in this capacity and I feel blessed to work with some of the most professional law enforcement officers in the nation.” Thompson will assume her new duties on January 4, 2016, and she will oversee the Investigative Services Bureau.

Lieutenant Danny Watts is promoted to Captain. He is a 26-year veteran of the Winston-Salem Police Department. He currently serves as the Training and Recruiting Lieutenant in the Operations Support Division. Watts started his career with the Winston-Salem Police Department in September of 1989. He was promoted to the rank of Senior Police Officer in 1994, then to the rank of Sergeant in 1999, and to the rank of Lieutenant in 2010. During his tenure, he served in various areas to include the Patrol Division, Recruiting Unit, Planning and Accreditation Unit, as well as, the Downtown Bike Patrol Unit.

Watts earned an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from the Guilford Community College and holds a General Instructor certification. Watts also earned a Private Pilot Certificate from Piedmont Aviation Flight School. Watts is a graduate of the Leadership Development Institute and holds the FBI-LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association) Leadership Trilogy Award.

Watts is active in his church, Enon Baptist Church in East Bend, where he serves as a Sunday School teacher and a choir member. He is married to Heidi, and together they have seven children, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. Lieutenant Watts will assume his new duties on January 4, 2016, and will serve in the Professional Standards Division.

Additional promotions from Sergeant to Lieutenant include, Sergeant Renee Melly and Sergeant Robert Peterson. Peterson’s promotion goes into effect on January 4, 2016, and Melly’s will be active on February 1, 2016.

Promotions from Corporal to Sergeant include Corporals Greg Dorn and Rudy Richardson who will assume their new duties effective January 4, 2016. Corporal Verron Chue’s promotion to Sergeant will take effect February 1, 2016.

Promotions from Police Officer to Corporal include; Officers Thomas Albert, Curtis Dawkins, James Gerald and David Swayney, Jr. Their promotion takes effective January 4, 2016, and Officer Shena Nelson’s promotion to Corporal goes into effect February 1, 2016.


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