MANSFIELD -- Ryan Grimshaw helped to train Michael Haines when the latter joined the Mansfield Police Department six years ago.
On Thursday, the two of them were promoted to sergeant together.
"This is a proud and exciting moment for me," said police Chief Keith Porch, noting it's the first such promotions since he became chief in April. "I have full confidence the newly appointed sergeants will carry out the duties in a professional manner and guide our department in the correct direction."
Both of the new sergeants were honored in January as among the department's "top cops."
Haines said he was excited to take on a supervisor's role.
"Sergeants are the first supervisors," said Haines, who joined MPD in August of 2013. "They are the first ones to respond to calls on the road."
Grimshaw, who has served the MPD for the past 12 years as a patrol officer, said he was excited to be in a mentor position in the department.
"I've been a field training officer for six or seven years or so, and I think this is the next logical step in terms of supervision," Grimshaw said. "I am excited to be promoted with Ryan. He's sharp as a tack and I don't know of a better person to be promoted with."