By Alton Mitchell
The ranks of the LaFayette police department have gotten a little bit shinier in the past days. This comes on the heels of Chief Ben Hill making well deserved promotions within the department’s ranks. Two faithful officers from the department received promotions in rank officially before the LaFayette City Council Monday night and mountains of praise from those in attendance.
The Monday night city council meeting was standing room only as Chief Hill took center stage and offered words of praise for two hard working police officers before the Council. The first officer was Sgt. Christopher Trice. Sergeant Trice received the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant on Monday night.
“Faithful, reliable, worthy, and an asset to the department,” these were the words Chief Hill used to describe Sgt. Trice before presenting him before the City Council. Chief Hill also highlighted the career and the evidence to show how valuable Lt. Trice is to the department and the citizens of LaFayette.
Lt. Trice is a 10 year veteran of the department who since October of 2015 has been the departments lead investigator. “He has embraced the job and done an outstanding job,” expressed Chief Hill before Council. Lt. Trice spoke humbly before the Council after being recognized for his promotion. “I appreciate everything you’ve done for me over these ten years,” Lt. Trice expressed to Council.
Shortly thereafter, Chief Hill was happy to announce the department’s second promotion and that promotion went to Officer Eric Laney. Officer Laney was promoted to the rank of Sergeant Chief Hill again expressed his support and deep confidence in his promotion. .
Upon his announcement of being promoted Sgt. Laney’s history became the highlight of the meeting. The root of his police career dated back to when Sgt. Laney started with the department several years ago serving as a reserve officer. The reserved nature of his career soon came to Front Street as Sgt. Laney became a fulltime LaFayette police officer.
The history of Sgt. Laney’s law enforcement career took an even more humorous turn as members of the City Council shared their memories of a younger version of Sgt. Laney. “I knew he was going to be a good officer as a juvenile at 12-years-old when he was patrolling his neighborhood,” Explained Councilman Michael Ellis. Mayor Moody also brought up a similar recollection. “ When he was 12-years-old he was the first person to arrest me, even with a pair of handcuffs being involved,” joked Mayor Moody as he recalled his early run-ins with the young man who demonstrated from his youth years that he had law enforcement in his blood.
Both newly promoted officers received high remarks from the City Council as they recognized the new promotions of the hard working LaFayette officers. Family and friends of the officers crowded City Hall to embrace and offer their support to the two officers for their efforts in keeping LaFayette safe.