PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Eleven Pittsburgh police officers were promoted today.
It was a day to reward their hard work for keeping the city safe and it was 15 years in the making for Wanda Duncan.
She started in 2001 as an officer in Pittsburgh’s Zone Four, but she has a new rank.
“I am now Sgt. Wanda Duncan,” she said. “You know, it’s a chance to advance in rank, but it’s a chance to serve the citizens of Pittsburgh.”
Each of the officers have family and friends who make a sacrifice too – not knowing what their loved one will face on the job.
“When she goes out on the streets with everything going on in today’s society, it’s hard to make sure my mom’s safe – like is she coming home every night and that’s something I do think about, like is she coming home?” Sgt. Duncan’s daughter, Olivia, said.
“Police are going through a trying time right now, but to me, it means again, a chance to help fellow citizens and help fellow officers. We’re all people here. We just want to do a great job and give people the service they deserve when they call 911,” Sgt. Duncan said.
Mayor Bill Peduto said he believes it’s more difficult to be an officer nowadays, but it’s also a great time to be one because of advances in technology.
“Technology is changing the field of policing to a professional level that we have not seen ever. The amount of training officers are getting, the amount of tools that they’re getting,” Mayor Peduto said.
While the bosses believe this group is deserving of promotions, the approval of those closest to you is pretty important too.
“I’m proud of her and I think she’s like strong and heroic for what she does,” Olivia said.
Five officers became sergeants, five sergeants became lieutenants and one lieutenant became a commander today.