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Hialeah PD gets first Black commander

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It’s a first for Hialeah Police: Raleigh Flowers Jr. was promoted Wednesday to the position of commander.

Raleigh Flowers Jr. has become the city’s first African-American police commander. Mayor Julio Robaina shook his hand, and gave him a hug at Wednesday’s ceremony. His wife Ramona pinned a shiny new badge on his chest.

“I’m excited,” said Commander Flowers. “I’m overjoyed. I’m proud of the confidence that this administration has in me right now.”

The police department promoted Flowers and 13 other officers at the ceremony. Flowers is the highest ranking black police officer in the history of the department. He’s been with them for 12 years. Hialeah’s new police chief, Mark Overton, says Flowers is a passionate leader.

“We share many of the values and vision for this department,” said Overton. “I can’t tell you how important it is to have good leaders, but to have passion for their job and they have a commitment to the community. And Sgt. Flowers, now Commander Flowers, has all those qualities.”

His wife and four children are proud of his accomplishments.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for my family, said Flowers. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for people in my community to see that if you take the right roads in life–make the right choices in life–you can excel regardless of what background you come from.”

Commander Flowers has planned to celebrate with his family and friends Thursday night.

SOURCE: CBS4

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Written by Symphony

April 17, 2008 at 8:10 pm

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