Three veteran White Plains police officers were promoted Monday in ceremonies at Public Safety Headquarters.
From left: Sgt. Vincenzo Battaglia, Lt. Anthony Drago and Sgt. John Emhardt.
Anthony Drago, who joined the department in 1994, and is in charge of the records division and license unit, received his lieutenant’s bars and praise from Public Safety Commissioner David Chong, who described him as “an example of someone who could probably make a lot more money in the private sector, but has chosen a career in public safety.”
Two officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant.
John Emhardt was hired in 1994 and has served as a patrolman, school resource officer, motorcycle officer and traffic officer.
Vincenzo Battaglia, hired in 1996, has also served in the patrol division and in assignments in the neighborhood conditions unit and as a recruit instructor.
“They’ve earned their promotions and have had great careers,” Chong said during the ceremony, which was attended by family members and friends.
Drago said becoming a lieutenant “is a goal I made the day I was promoted to sergeant. I wanted to achieve it before I had 20 years in the department, and I’m very proud to share it with my family.”
The department also hired two new civilian dispatchers, Melissa Schmelmer and Victor Barrios. Chong said dispatchers are vitally important and “serve as the lifeline of the department.”
From left: Dispatchers Victor Barrios and Melissa Schmelmer.