WATERTOWN, NY — The following are recent promotions within the Watertown Police Department:
Sergeant James A. Romano was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and has taken command of the “C” Platoon on the 6 pm to 6 am shift. The promotion was effective Feb. 24, 2019. Lt. Romano was hired by our department on February 9, 2000 and was assigned to the patrol division. His past duties include field training officer, special response team officer, evidence technician, police academy instructor and warrants officer. On Au. 31, 2009, he was promoted to Detective and was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, where he served until his promotion to Sergeant on June 30, 2014. He served as a patrol supervisor until he was selected as the department’s Training Director on June 23, 2015. On Sept. 3, 2017, he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division as the Detective Sergeant. He served in that position until his promotion to Lieutenant.
Patrol Officer George A. Cummings was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and will be assigned to the “D” Platoon on the 6 pm to 6 am shift. The promotion was effective Feb. 25, 2019. Sgt. Cummings was hired as patrol officer on Oct. 1, 2007. He is a police training instructor and former field training officer. He is one of the department’s drug recognition experts.
Patrol Officer Christopher J. Kamide was promoted to Detective and was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. The promotion was effective January 14, 2019. Det. Kamide started his police career as a deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in January 2011. He was hired as patrol officer for our department on Nov. 20, 2014. He is a police training instructor and former field training officer.