Today during a ceremony held at the Amarillo Police Department, Chief Ed Drain announced the promotion of two officers to the rank of corporal.
Department promotions are based on competitive written tests and the number of officers promoted depends on the number of positions available.
Officer Josh Slatten has been promoted to the rank of corporal. He has been with the Amarillo Police Department for 10 years.
Cpl. Slatten began his law enforcement career as a Corrections Officer at the Potter County Sheriff’s Office in 2003 before being hired by the police department in 2007. He moved to Flower Mound, Texas in 2010, where he worked as an officer before moving back to Amarillo.
Upon moving back, Cpl. Slatten worked at the AECC for a year as a Telecommunications Operator before going back to patrol in 2011. In May of 2014, Cpl. Slatten joined the APD School Liaison Program where he is currently assigned. Corporal Slatten attended criminal justice classes at Amarillo College and holds a Master’s Peace Officer License. Slatten has served at the department as a TCOLE certified instructor and a Field Training Officer. He is a certified as a Basic Hostage Negotiator and an ALERRT instructor. Slatten received the Amarillo Police Department Life Saving Award in 2010 and has many commendations through the department.
Officer Bryan Hughes has also been promoted to the rank of Corporal. He has been with the Amarillo Police Department for 4 years.
Cpl. Hughes earned his Bachelor’s Degree from West Texas A&M University. While attending WTAMU, he worked as a dispatcher at the campus police department. Cpl. Hughes joined the Amarillo Police Department in 2013. He holds an Intermediate Peace Officer’s License. He currently works on the Evening Shift Patrol Unit and is a Field Training Officer, a TCOLE certified Instructor, and a member of the APD Honor Guard.