Three Minden Police Officers have new ranks following promotion approvals from the Minden City Council on Monday.
With only District A councilman Joe Cornelius absent, council members voted unanimously to promote Ofc. Tokia Whiting to the rank of sergeant and officers Chase Wimberly and Shawn Jenkins to Officers First Class.
"I am very, very proud of all three of these officers," said Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper. "Sgt. Whiting has worked very hard to get to this point and the two officers first class were two I hired since I took office."
All were required to take Fire and Police Civil Service examinations before being considered.
A recently-formed church in Minden will have a new home providing construction meets all city and state codes and regulations.
Council members voted unanimously to allow Minden Baptist Church to construct a new building at the corner of Industrial Drive and Ryan's Way.
According to a letter from Josh Beshea, pastor, the church is currently located at 800 Yale Street.
The members have purchased 3.29 acres for $45,000 with building contingent on the church's ability to obtain financing from a banking institution and permission to build from the council.
A resolution was approved authorizing the mayor to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the state through the office of Facility and Planning Control and execute documents pertaining to Capital Outlay funds for the planning and construction of a potable water ground storage tank.
Training is high on the priority list at the Minden Police Department, and Chief Cropper told council members the entire police department took "Criminal Justice Information System Security and Awareness Training" recently.
"It's a one-hour class, mandated by the state, that we took online," Cropper said. "Once that session was over, it concluded with 25 questions, and we all passed it."
Cropper said in January, Ofc. Chris Hammontree attended an eight-hour training session on state and local anti-terrorism.
In February, the newly-promoted officers first class and officer Tina Douglas will attend a training class titled "Prescription Drugs – the New Crack Cocaine."
"This will be held at the Shreveport Police and Fire Training academy," Cropper said.