With his wife and other members of their families looking on, Joel Robinson was sworn in as the Portsmouth Police Department’s newest sergeant Thursday morning at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) headquarters on Front Street in Portsmouth.
“It’s a big deal career-wise,” Robinson said. “I’ve been here almost nine years and you always strive to do better and do better for the citizens of Portsmouth.”
Portsmouth City Manager Derek K. Allen performed the ceremony as fellow police officers and family members witnessed the event. The highlight was the pinning of the sergeant’s badge on his uniform by his wife, Heather.
The two are parents of four children ranging in age from 14 to 4.
“I will be in more of a supervisory role under the lieutenant on the shift,” Robinson said. “Still answering calls and more or less helping officers with their paperwork.”
Another person on hand for the event was Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware. He said the promotion of an officer is a “big deal” for the family which is why he said he appreciated the members of Robinson’s family being in attendance.
“Joel is a great officer. He comes from the corrections system originally,” Ware said. “He’s going to make a fine sergeant. As we prepare these guys and girls for promotion at the different ranks, the hope is that through the increased education and training, that they’re going to be well prepared for the next step, and we want everybody to advance as far as possible – as far as they want to go. We want to prepare them for that next step.”
Just prior to swearing Robinson in, Allen spoke to those present.
“This is a defining moment in your career,” Allen said. “And it’s a pleasure to be able to participate in promoting an officer into the department. You guys are a great quality group of men and women.”
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