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29 members of Buffalo Police Department receive promotions

Twenty-nine members of the Buffalo Police Department were promoted Tuesday at one of the biggest promotion ceremonies in department history.

Capts. Ronald E. Jentz and Robert V. Rosenswie were elevated to the top civil service supervisory rank of police inspector.

Rosenswie will take over as the inspector of Internal Affairs in an appointment made by Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

Unlike other commands, which are assigned by seniority under the police union contract, the internal affairs post is exempt from the contract. That allows the commissioner to hand pick the person he wants to serve in that sensitive job. The inspector oversees investigations into alleged police misconduct.

"He has worked in Internal Affairs before and has knowledge of the operations," the commissioner said of Rosenswie.

Rosenswie had served as the staff inspections captain overseeing the department's random drug testing of police officers.

Jentz served as the captain in charge of the homicide bureau, but is now expected to be assigned to one of the department's five police districts.

Promoted to captain were Lts. Scott A. Blesy and Joseph M. Langdon. Detectives Patrick O. Overdorf and Michael J. Palizay were promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Police officers who were promoted to lieutenant were: Elizabeth A. Baker, Patrick J. Baker, Ronny A. Blatchford, Thelma E. Jones, William C. Macy, Todd C. McAlister, Donald J. Myers, Marcus A. Rogowski, Sharese L. Saleh, Nicole M. Santiago, Joseph J. Szafranski and Karin F. Turello.

Detectives Cedric R. Holloway, Christopher M. Mordino and Marvin V. Sanford were elevated to the rank of detective sergeant.

Promoted from police officer to detective were Michael J. Acquino, Michael J. Anderson, Tommy L. Champion, Anthony C. Fanara, Erin E. Heidinger, Eric D. Quintana, Lucia C. Schultz, and Regina E. Weeks.

"By number and the ranks represented, this was one of the largest ceremonies we've ever had," said Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards, who supervised the ceremony. Richards explained that retirements and vacancies were among the reasons for the large number of advancements.

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