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Amarillo PD promotes first woman ever to rank of captain

Amarillo police have promoted Lt. Elizabeth Brown to the rank of captain. Brown is the first female officer in Amarillo to reach the rank of Captain. (Photo: Amarillo Police Department)

Amarillo police have promoted Lt. Elizabeth Brown to the rank of captain. Brown is the first female officer in Amarillo to reach the rank of captain.

Brown received the promotion following her high score on the promotional exam last week, according to APD. The exam was taken by five lieutenants competing for the single captain's opening.

APD said police promotions below the rank of Assistant Chief are based on written test scores, with one point added for each year of seniority, up to ten. Brown will not take over as the Uniform Division Commander, over patrol operations. Captains in the police department also oversee each of the other divisions.

Brown began her journey with APD when she was hired in 2000 as a civilian dispatcher before applying for a position as an officer. She became a sworn officer in 2002. Brown worked as a patrol officer in the Uniform Division, then as corporal. She was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and was assigned as a supervisor in the Service Division and was then assigned to the Detective Division, investigating White Collar Crimes first, then Crimes Against Persons until 2013.

In 2013, Brown became the third female to reach the rank of lieutenant and began supervising the Crimes Against Persons Unit, which investigates sex crimes, child abuse and technical violations by registered sex offenders. Last year, Brown transferred to the First Shift, becomming the first female shift commander.

APD said Brown has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from WTAMU and is currently pursuing a Master's in Communication there.

"The Amarillo Police Department is an exciting place to work," Brown said. "Being a police officer is a grand adventure. Every day you come to work and what you do matters; you get to change lives and make Amarillo a safe place to call home. I'm so proud of our officers and the work they do. I am honored to serve them and the citizens of Amarillo as a captain."

Brown is married to APD Corporal Wesley Brown. They have two young children and, although she is proud to receive the title of "captain," Brown said the most prestigious titles she holds are "wife" and "mother."


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