By Alyssa Dalley-Schofield
Midwest City Beacon
Three officers were promoted after years and years of hard work and dedication to the city of Midwest City.
Police Chief Sid Porter announced the officers being promoted and read a short biography written by each officer to share their experiences. This ceremony was held June 21 at the Midwest City Council Chambers.
The first officer recognized was Cpt. Frank Valley.
Valley’s family moved to Tuttle where he was raised. He then joined the army at 17 years old, was listed as an infantry soldier in 1985 and then transferred into the air force in 1986.
Valley spent 35 1/2 years in the military and retired in October of 2020. His career at the Midwest City Police Department started in 2007.
The second officer recognized was Lt. Bruce Glover who was hired at the Midwest City Police Department in July of 2007. He then joined the SWAT team in 2009.
Glover has been an instructor and is cross trained in all positions in the SWAT team. His latest assignment was a field training officer before being promoted to lieutenant.
The last officer recognized was Lt. Carissa Southern. She started in the communications center in 1996 and was hired as a police officer in September of 1997.
Southern worked in patrol and became a field training officer in 2003 and she was awarded officer of the year in 2004 and again in 2019. Southern is the second female lieutenant at the Midwest City Police Department.
“I will say I’ve known Carissa since she started in dispatch back in the day and Carissa is one of those that perseveres through a lot of things and never gives up, never makes excuses and she’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet,” said Porter.
Assistant Police Chief Greg Wipfli read an oath to the three officers which was followed by the presentation of their badges.
Each officer chose someone from their family to present their badge. Valley chose his father, Glover chose his wife and Southern chose her fiancé.