Four Idaho Falls Police Department officers received early Christmas gifts this year in the form of promotions to sergeant. One of the promotions includes the first woman officer to become a sergeant in the department’s history.
Sgt. Jessica Marley will join Sgt. Tim Downs, Sgt. Jed Lewis and Lt. Scott Killian in a promotions ceremony on Dec. 28.
Marley has been with the department for 16 years and has worked on the department’s SWAT team for nine years. She has also has worked in warrants and as a detective.
According to the Post Register, as part of the promotion process, the candidates had to find areas of improvement for the police department that can be solved with community policing. Marley identified high-crime areas where officers could develop relationships with residents to help build trust.
“You’re getting to know the people; you’re getting out of your car and getting to know them before you’re responding to a crime. You develop relationships so that they’ll tell you what’s going on in their particular neighborhood,” Marley said in the Post Register article.
Three other women officers are employed by the Idaho Falls Police Department. This number is below the national average for police departments comparable in size to Idaho Falls.