MPD holds promotion, recognition ceremony
The Mustang Police Department came together Monday for an overdue celebration for multiple awards and a promotion.
“We’re here today to celebrate lots of things that have happened here at the Mustang Police Department in the past few months,” Police Chief Chuck Foley said as he began the ceremony. “We haven’t really had a chance to come together as a group and as a city family to recognize some of the good things that happened at the police department.”
The department celebrated their Special Awards for Speed Awareness from the 2014 and 2016 Oklahoma Law Enforcement Challenges, Lieutenant Jeff Collins’s Project Director Award of Excellence from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, and Corporal Will Carpenter’s recent promotion.
Lt. Collins received the Project Director Award of Excellence in April.
“It was time that we recognized him,” Foley said.
Foley and Carpenter were the only two department members who spoke at the ceremony, but they were joined by other officers, friends, family and employees of the City of Mustang.
Carpenter was presented with his badge at the ceremony, which was ceremoniously pinned by his wife Brenda Carpenter.
“I’m very proud of him, he achieves anything he puts his mind to,” Brenda said. “I’m really happy that he chose this department. We like everybody that works here, it’s like a family.”
During Carpenter’s speech, he said he’s enjoyed his three years with the department.
“I plan to retire from here,” Carpenter said. “I’ve got 19 more years, but I’m not counting.”
Foley added words of endearment for Carpenter at the end of his speech.
“He’s done a lot here in the Mustang community in the three years he’s been here. He’s become very active and has done many good things in the department,” Foley said. “He’s one of the best producing officers we have in our department.”
After the ceremony Carpenter added how grateful he is for the community.
“Especially with all the recent events happening,” Carpenter said. “I enjoy working for a great community that supports their law enforcement.”