APD Announces Lieutenant and Sergeant Promotions

Posted on September 2, 2013 

Photo (from Left to Right): APD Chief Mark Mew, Lt. Jared Tuia, Lt. Justin Doll, Lt. Kevin Vandegriff, Sgt. Gina Burington, Sgt. Mark Huelskoetter, Sgt. Ryan Rockom, Deputy Chief Stephen Smith, Deputy Chief Steven Hebbe.


Subject: APD Announces Lieutenant and Sergeant Promotions



The Anchorage Police Department is pleased to announce the promotions of six officers. APD has promoted Officers Justin Doll, Jared Tuia and Kevin Vandegriff to Lieutenants. All were previously serving as Sergeants. APD Officers Gina Burington, Mark Huelskoetter and Ryan Rockom have been promoted to Sergeants.


“I look forward to the energy, leadership and innovation our newly promoted officers will bring to the Anchorage Police Department,” APD Chief Mark Mew said.


Each promoted officer had to take an extensive written test as well as go through a command review and formal police interview before getting selected. 


APD Promoted Lieutenants

Lieutenant Justin Doll has been with the Anchorage Police Department for almost 17 years. He most recently served as the Sergeant and Supervisor of APD’s Traffic Division and will now be the Lieutenant of Midshift Patrol.


Lieutenant Jared Tuia has been an officer at the Anchorage Police Department for 14 years, working on all three patrol shifts and with the Sexual Assault Unit. Most recently, Lt. Tuia helped form the new mentorship program for newly promoted Sergeants at APD.


“My favorite thing about being an officer is working with our excellent officers and sergeants who are focused on improving our community, keeping it safe, and their desire to truly make a difference in the lives of each person they meet each shift,” Lt. Tuia said.


Lieutenant Kevin Vandegriff has worked for the Anchorage Police Department for 16 years in a variety of units including Cyber Crimes, Burglary, and Crimes Against Children. He has also served as a patrol shift supervisor and an Internal Affairs Investigator. Lt. Vandegriff enjoys engaging with the community as an officer and being able to assist citizens when they are in need.


APD Promoted Sergeants


Sergeant Ryan Rockom has served 16 years with the Anchorage Police Department on patrol, in the Special Assignment Unit, SWAT, background investigations, and as a School Resource Officer.  He has also been a Field Training Officer for 10 years and is a department firearms instructor.


“I look forward to helping build a productive, positive relationship between our police department and the community we serve,” Sgt. Rockom said.  “APD has provided me with outstanding training and leadership and this promotion is an excellent opportunity to return the favor.”


Sergeant Gina Burington has been a patrol officer with the Anchorage Police Department for 20 years, mostly on the swing shift. She has been a Field Training Officer for 16 years and also worked with the original Community Action Police team in Mountain View.


“Being a new sergeant I mostly look forward to supporting the officers so they can do their best work,” Sgt. Burington said. “I also hope to act as a liaison between the public and the officers to better communicate the reasons why we do the things we do.”


Sergeant Mark Huelskoetter has been with APD for almost 19 years. Since 2000 he has worked as a detective, starting in major crimes and was reassigned to the Homicide Unit in 2001. Sgt. Huelskoetter will now serve as a Patrol Sergeant.


“Getting back in patrol will be a fun challenge for me,” Sgt. Huelskoetter said. “I’ve enjoyed working with detectives at APD and look forward to leading our patrol officers.”



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