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Two Amarillo police officers promoted to Lieutenant

Lt. Aric Howard (left) and Lt. Wade Pennington both received the rank of Lieutenant during a ceremony at the Amarillo Police Department today. (Courtesy: Amarillo Police Department)

Amarillo Police Department Chief of Police Ed Drain announced the promotion of two officers in a ceremony at the department on Thursday.

According to APD, Sergeants Wade Pennington and Aric Howard were both promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Pennington is a 17-year officer with APD and has served as a patrolman on Midnight's 1st Watch, the C.O.P.P.S Unit, Narcotics and the Motors Unit. After his promotion to Sergeant in 2014, he transferred to the Detective Division and worked in the Robbery Unit and Crimes Against Persons Unit.

Lieutenant Pennington then became supervisor of the P.A.C.E Unit and was most recently assigned as the Sergeant of the N.P.O Unit.

He is a Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Certified Firearms Instructor, a Taser Master Instructor and a Field Training Officer. Pennington has extensive training in Active Shooter/Rapid Response, Incident Command/Negotiations, Narcotics and Drug Smuggling, Police Bike/Motorcycle Operation, Motorcycle Firearms and Traffic Reconstruction.

During his 17 years at APD, Pennington has received 20 department and citizen commendations, including a Division Citation and Meritorious Service Citation.

Lieutenant Howard is a 10-year officer with APD that joined the 77th Amarillo Police Academy in June 2008 and was awarded the Carver Award as the top graduate of the academy. He has served as a patrolman on Midnight's 1st shift, Evenings 3rd shift and Narcotics.

After his promotion to Sergeant in 2015, he transferred to Detectives with the Special Victims Unit. Howard was most recently assigned as a 3rd Shift Field Supervisor.

Lieutenant Howard is a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Certified Instructor, a Field Training Officer and an Academy Instructor. He has training and certifications in Supervision, Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command, SWAT, Interrogations, Narcotics, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault and Family Violence.

During his 10 years at APD, Howard has received more than 15 department and citizen commendations, including a Division Citation.

APD Lieutenant promotions are based on scores in competitive written examinations and overall performance in an assessment center interview. The number of officers promoted is limited to the number of budgeted positions open.

The examination tests candidates based on study of approved material covering subjects including criminal investigation, police supervision and administration, Departmental rules and policies and state law.

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