Lanier, Willis promoted at Salisbury Police Department

  • Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 11:17 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, March 7, 2013 11:18 a.m.
Lt. John Lanier
Lt. John Lanier

The Salisbury Police Department has announced the promotions of two officers.

John Lanier, a 23-year veteran of the department, has been promoted to lieutenant.


Lanier has spent most of his career in the Patrol Division, serving both as an officer and then as a patrol supervisor, a news release said. Upon his earlier promotion to the rank of sergeant, he was charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department’s Narcotics and Gang Unit. 

During the agency’s 2011 reorganization, he was assigned to supervise the newly created Street Crimes Unit, “a position at which he excelled,” the news release said.  It also said he has “significant experience in patrol techniques and tactics, which was further enhanced by his experience as a former member of the department’s Special Response Team.”

During his career, Lanier has been awarded the Medal of Valor and the Life Saving Award, and has earned the Advanced Law Enforcement Certification.  He is also actively pursuing a master’s degree from Fort Hayes State University.  Lanier has three daughters and one granddaughter.

Upon his promotion to the rank of lieutenant, Lanier was appointed to the position of patrol commander. He will serve as watch commander for one of the department’s four patrol teams. 

Bryant Willis, a 10-year veteran of the department, was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Willis has spent his career serving in the Patrol Division, first as an officer and then as an assistant team leader beginning in 2009.  As assistant team leader, Willis “performed as a first-line supervisor and learned to lead others with a servant leader mentality,” the news release said.   

Willis has earned hundreds of hours in specialized law enforcement training and has also been awarded professional certifications by the N.C. Law Enforcement Training and Standards.  He is currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice from Stanly County Community College.

Upon promotion to the rank of sergeant, Willis was appointed as the supervisor for the agency’s Street Crimes Unit, where he will oversee the unit’s daily operations.

In the news release, Police Chief Rory Collins said the promotions were made upon completion of a thorough selection process involving multiple phases, as well as evaluations by ranking law enforcement professionals employed with outside agencies.

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