At the same Council meeting, Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall announced the promotions of Lt. James Hudanick to the rank of Captain, Lt. Ken Jewson to the rank of Captain, and Capt. Henry Mansker to the rank of Major.
Over the years, the Hazelwood Police Department has established a strong reputation within the law enforcement community for its efforts in fighting crime, reducing the fear of crime and contributing to the quality of life for local residents. The department has received numerous awards and public recognition for increasing traffic safety through initiating effective traffic safety programs and launching a Youth Leadership Academy for at-risk young people in the Hazelwood School District.
The HPD also receives grants on a yearly basis to support seatbelt safety campaigns, DWI sobriety checkpoints, and specialized traffic safety operations. Additionally, the department works in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies to address illegal drug use and criminal and street gang violence.
“It is an honor and privilege for me to serve with such an impressive group of self-disciplined professionals. These fine men and women are the people who make this an exceptional organization and one of the most respected law enforcement agencies in Missouri. We strive on a daily basis to do an optimal job of fighting crime and keeping our citizens safe,” Chief Hall said.
Chief Hall is proud of the fact that not one incident of looting occurred from the time when the tornado hit until we started racheting down our security parameters. “Immediately following the tornado, we received assistance from the Florissant Police Department and the State Highway Patrol in securing key traffic intersections in the affected area. We also set up a 24-hour command center in the parking lot of a strip mall across the street from Lynn Haven Lane. In addition, we locked down the area by putting up physical barriers and stationing officers on key streets to prevent unnecessary traffic from going through,” Chief Hall noted.
He also pointed out that his police officers continued working 12-hour shifts for several days to ensure residents and their properties remained safe. Plus, HPD officers constantly patrolled the area with squad cars and on foot.
“We tip our hats to the Hazelwood Police Department for doing an excellent job of protecting our residents when they were at their most vulnerable state, and staying with them to help keep the riff-raff out. Our police department continues to carry on its tradition of providing outstanding service to our citizens under the leadership of a new police chief,” Hazelwood Matthew G. Robinson said.
Background information on the three HPD officers who received promotions is printed below:
Capt. James Hudanick – Hudanick’s 24-year career with the HPD started on August 21, 1989, when he was appointed as a police officer. His career with the HPD includes being a part of the Mobile Response Team (1993-1997) and the Youth Interaction Team (1995-1996). In April 1999, he was promoted to sergeant and later assigned as supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Team (2003). In July 2008, he was promoted to lieutenant and remained supervisor for the Neighborhood Support Unit. In 2011, he attended and graduated from the FBI National Academy (class 246) in Quantico, Va. In his new role as captain, Hudanick will be responsible for the Support Group.
Capt. Ken Jewson – In 1975, Jewson worked as an HPD intern during his senior year in high school. He was later appointed as an HPD police officer on February 4, 1980. His career with the HPD includes being assigned to the Detective Bureau (1983), as well as serving as an investigator and supervisor with the Major Case Squad from 1985 to 1999. In January 1998, he was promoted to sergeant and given the responsibility of supervising both the Patrol Team and Criminal Investigation Team. A year later, he attended and graduated from the FBI National Academy (class 198) in Quantico, Va. In January 2008, Jewson was promoted to the position of lieutenant where he was a watch commander before being assigned to the Professional Standards Unit. As a captain, he will be in charge of the department’s CALEA standards, quality control, administration and purchasing for the department.
Maj. Henry Mansker – On October 26, 1975, Mansker was employed by the HPD as a uniformed patrol officer and administrative officer. Four years later, he resigned to take a position as chief of police for the City of Edmundson. In 1981, he moved on to an administrative position with the St. Louis County Police Department. Three years later, he returned to service with the HPD as a uniformed patrolman and later as a detective. On October 25, 1987, Mansker was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Eleven years later, he became a captain and commanded both the Operations Group and Support Group. In his capacity as major, Mansker will be responsible for the uniformed officers.