Orange City Police Sgt. Jason Ward was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, effective Sept. 30.
Lt. Ward has been with the Orange City Police Department for 20 years. He has worked in several capacities during his career, including the patrol division, field training officer/coordinator, traffic unit, criminal investigations division, traffic homicide, Special Response Team training and, for the past 12 years, in the patrol division as sergeant of the Bravo Shift.
Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course. He was the Orange City Police Officer of the Year in 2019, and has received numerous awards and accolades during his tenure as a law-enforcement officer.
Lt. Ward will assume the duties and command of the patrol division, animal control, traffic unit, community service unit, the volunteers and the park rangers as part of his newly assigned duties.
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— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews