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Three State College Police Officers Promoted

by on August 18, 2012 3:46 PM

Three State College Police Dept. staff were promoted on Aug. 8 during a special ceremony inside council chambers at the State College Borough Municipal Building on Allen Street.

Sergeant Barrett C. Smith was promoted to Lieutenant, and Officers Charles Hamilton and Todd A. Scholton were promoted to Sergeant. Smith, Hamilton and Scholton were honored by police chief Tom King, and joined by family and friends, as well as various members of the community, including State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham.

State College Borough Manager Tom Fontaine opened the ceremony by saying the event is a “tremendous opportunity to recognize our outstanding police officers.”

King then introduced Hamilton, who was hired by the State College Police Dept. in March 2006. Hamilton, King said, was assigned to the university patrol division, as well as other divisions.

“(He) performed exceptionally well,” at his various tasks, King said.

Hamilton also has been trained in crisis intervention, and has been active with the youthful offenders program, King said.

Hamilton has an “outstanding attendance record,” King said, and in 2011 received a lifesaving award.

“(He’s) very capable, pleasant and a professional officer,” King said, and he has a “strong work ethic.”

Hamilton then took some time to address the audience. He said he thanks his wife and two daughters, as well as the State College Police Dept.

King then introduced Scholton, who has experience as a field training officer, was part of a crisis intervention team, and in 1998 helped establish a canine program.

King said through his “many trainings,” Scholton has received “excellent performance evaluations,” and over the past six years has received recognition for his traffic enforcement activities. Scholton also received two lifesaving awards, King said; one in 2008 and one in 2012.

Scholton is a “team player,” King said, who is not afraid to take charge when appropriate, and holds “strong ethical values.”

Scholton then addressed the attendees.

“(There are) too many people to thank,” he said.

The people he works with, Scholton said, are his “No. 1 driving force in my career.”

He isn’t able to do his job without the support of his family, he said.

Scholton said he’s been doing police work for 20 or 21 years.

“I look forward to what the next 10 or so years bring,” he said.

Next, King introduced Smith, who he described as someone who has continuously performed “exceptionally well” in his career.

Smith has been involved in many assignments, including the Centre County Drug task force and fire investigation. Smith was even appointed as a Centre Region fire marshal, King said.

Smith has completed “countless trainings,” King said, such as FEMA.

He could also be recognized for his attendance, King said, in which he has averaged about one sick day a year in more than 14 years.

Smith has held various volunteer positions with the Alpha Fire Co., including president and treasurer, King said.

“(He’s) very organized (and has) great communication skills,” King said.

Smith understands the goals of the administration, and makes great “day-to-day judgment,” as well as motivates others, King said.

Smith then addressed the crowd by thanking everyone, including his family, the police department, friends and co-workers.

“I’m only up here because everyone around me has been here to help me out,” Smith said, “so thank you.”

Also during the ceremony, retired Lieutenant John S. Wilson was recognized for his 28 years of service to the police department.

King said over the years, Wilson has received many promotions and has been a part of many assignments. In 1991 he was promoted to arson investigator, and in 1997 helped develop a domestic violence and sexual assault unit. He implemented a school resource officer program in 1998, King said, and in 2004 was assigned to the patrol division.

Through his work investigating suspicious fires as a fire marshal, Wilson was named an expert in the cause and origin of fire by the Centre County Court of Common Pleas, King said.

King described Wilson as “very sensitive to victims and their well-being.”

King also said Wilson is “fair, friendly, considerate and caring towards everyone,” and “though it’s belated, it can’t please me more to recognize you (Wilson) in front of family and friends.”

Wilson addressed the crowd, and said it has been an “honor and privilege” to work with everyone.

After the ceremony, the officers were given plaques, and refreshments were served.

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Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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