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Dennis Craig (center) poses for a photo with Mustang Police Chief Chuck Foley and his daughter, Allie, at a ceremony on Thursday, July 12 after being promoted as Captain. Craig was a Lieutenant at the department since 1999. (Staff photo by Jon Watje)
 
By Jon Watje
Managing Editor 

The Mustang Police Department promoted one of their employees to the rank of Captain last week. A ceremony was held at the department on Thursday, July 12 to recognize the promotion of Lieutenant Dennis Craig. 

“We are here to promote Lieutenant Dennis Craig to the rank of captain,” Mustang Police Chief Chuck Foley said. 

Craig started his career with the Mustang Police Department as a patrolman on Dec. 21, 1992. He worked as an officer in gang intervention from 1995 to 1997 and also entered the Field Training Officer program (FTO).

He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on Nov. 29, 1997, functioning as a Field Training Officer, part of the Tactical Team and performed Public Information Officer (PIO) work. He was then promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on July 1, 1999 and initially signed as the Shift III Commander and still performed PIO duties. 

He was assigned as the supervisor of the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) in June of 2009. 
Craig’s daughter, Allie, was on hand to perform the tradition of pinning her father with his new badge. 

“I don’t have much to say other than I look forward to the opportunity to assist the chief on growing this department and to meet the needs of a growing community,” Craig said. “We have a few challenges but it is nothing we will not be able to overcome. We are going to need a lot of teamwork, a lot of cooperation, and I see that happening. Thank you all for taking your time to be here to be apart of this.”

Craig holds an Associates Degree in Computer Science from Community College of the Air Force and served in the Air Force for 11 years and worked aircraft maintenance and as a computer technician (AWACS). He had the honorable discharge at the rank of Staff Sergeant. 

Craig has been awarded the Officer of the Year in 2003, Citizen Appreciation 2000 and 2006, Dedication to Duty in 1995, and the Life Saving Award in 2002 for giving immediate medical aid to a prisoner and saving his life, among other awards. 

The promotion of Lt. Craig to Captain comes almost a year after the department’s pervious Captain, Willard James, retired from the department in July of 2011. 

“Captain Craig will be in command of all operational aspects of the Mustang Police Department, including but not limited to Patrol, Investigations, 911/Dispatch, Jail, Records and Public Information,” Foley said. “He will be of great assistance to me in helping with projects and assignments given to him.”


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