Two Ottawa police officers have earned the rank of sergeant.
The department recently announced the promotions of Det. Casey Crane and officer Abe Schmidt.
Sgt. Crane was reassigned from the detective unit to the patrol division, where he will lead a group of patrol officers, according to an Ottawa Police Department news release. Sgt. Schmidt will remain assigned to patrol where he also will lead a group of patrol officers, the release said.
Both officers competed in a promotional process consisting of the following components: a writing exercise, peer panel interview, verbal presentation, performance review and an interview with the chief of police, the release said. Assessors for the process included professionals from various law enforcement entities separate from the police department.
“I am very pleased with the results of this promotional process,” Dennis Butler, Ottawa police chief, said. “The process was conducted in a fair, impartial manner. Because of the long-term impact any promotion has on the police department, both sergeants and I had lengthy discussions about our vision and mission, the importance of excellent leadership and my overall philosophy regarding public service.”
Butler said he thought the promotions would result in continued improvement regarding the professional development for the agency.
“As part of this ongoing process to providing excellent service, both sergeants are scheduled next month to attend a week-long leadership school hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Butler said.
Crane grew up in Ottawa, graduating from Ottawa High School and Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
He began his law enforcement career with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office before joining the police department in 2000. He is a member of the Special Tactics and Rescue Team and “possesses extensive knowledge related to computer and cell phone forensics and radio management,” the release said
He is married and said he enjoys several hobbies related to the outdoors and anything related to technology.
Schmidt also began his career with the police department in 2000 and worked as a general crimes detective in 2001 and in the narcotics unit from 2001 to 2004. He also worked in the domestic violence unit from 2005 to 2009 as the department’s first designated domestic violence detective, the release said. He has worked in the patrol division since 2010.
Schmidt has completed specialized training in adult and child interview and interrogations, both basic and advanced; the Drug Enforcement Administration’s narcotic investigator school; Kansas Bureau of Investigation and DEA clandestine laboratory protocols, as a less-lethal instructor, baton instructor and domestic violence instructor; and radar instructor school, the release said.
Before joining the police department, Schmidt worked for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in juvenile detention, dispatch and corrections, as well as serving as a reserve deputy. He is married with grown children and has attended some college. Aside from spending time with his family, Schmidt said, he enjoys hunting, fishing and metal detecting.