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Tallahassee Police swears in three new Deputy Chiefs

Maurice Holmes (left), Tonja Bryant-Smith (middle) and Jason Laursen (right) were selected as TPD's new deputy chiefs. (Photos: Tallahassee Police Department)
Maurice Holmes (left), Tonja Bryant-Smith (middle) and Jason Laursen (right) were selected as TPD's new deputy chiefs. (Photos: Tallahassee Police Department)(WCTV)
Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 11:41 AM EST
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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News

February 7, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department now has three new deputy chiefs.

Maurice Holmes, Jason Laursen and Tonja Bryant-Smith were sworn in Friday morning at a ceremony held in the Tallahassee City Commission Chamber at City Hall.

Police Chief Lawrence Revell announced the addition to the command staff last month, shortly after he was sworn in as chief.

Having three deputy chiefs is a new structure for TPD's command staff. The department says it is looking toward the possibility of separate precincts or sub-stations.

"It feels awesome to be home." Holmes said.

Tallahassee native Maurice Holmes is coming from the Thomasville Police Department after 15 years. He's bringing 28 years of experience in law enforcement.

"Innovative thinking, looking at issues and problems and addressing them head on, through dialogue, communication; building trust with our community. If we can build trust with our community and become one, there's nothing we can't do," he said.

Jason Laursen was a major of Tallahassee's Police force. He's been with the department for just over 20 years. During his time in Tallahassee, Laursen has supervised the patrol, special investigations and robbery and violent crimes units.

"I'm very excited. A new chapter. I'm ready to move on and move the police department forward. We got a brand new team here. A lot of new promotees, so the command staff is going to be great," Laursen said.

Tanya Bryant-Smith has 28 years of experience. She spent 11 years at TPD before working for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for 17 years, attaining the rank of special agent supervisor along the way.

"Give us a chance. All the problems and issues didn't happen overnight. So just give us a chance. We're going to have open dialogue. We need the help from the community because we can't do it by ourselves," Bryant-Smith said.

Bryant-Smith will be leading the new citizen advisory committee.

It's just one of the new plans Chief Revell has to lower the crime rate.

"Those numbers are continuing to go down. So we're excited about that. We want to keep that trend going. These are the men and women that are going to make sure that those positive steps that we're taking continue to go forward," Chief Revell said.

Four new TPD officers were promoted to major during Friday's swearing in ceremony: Rod Looney, David Odom, Shane Porter and Mike Suleski.


By: Pat Mueller | WCTV Eyewitness News

January 15, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell has revealed the new members of the department's command staff.

Revell selected Maurice Holmes, Tonja Bryant-Smith and Jason Laursen as deputy chiefs for the Tallahassee Police Department.

Having three deputy chiefs is a new structure for TPD's command staff. The department says it is looking toward the possibility of separate precincts or sub-stations.

Revell says it hasn't been decided yet which deputy chief will oversee which department.

Previously, Holmes worked for the Thomasville Police Department, reaching the rank of captain. He grew up in Tallahassee and is a Rickards High School graduate. In his 28 years of law enforcement experience, he has served as a deputy chief and worked in Herndon County, which is just outside of Atlanta.

Bryant-Smith is also from Tallahassee, and she was on the City's police force for 11 years. After her first stint as a Tallahassee police officer, she worked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for 17 years, attaining the rank of special agent supervisor along the way.

Additionally, she is the president of the North Florida chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement.

Finally, Jason Laursen was a major of Tallahassee's police force. He has been with the department for a little over 20 years. During his time in Tallahassee, Laursen has supervised the patrol, special investigations and robbery and violent crimes units.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 264. Although he is originally from the Tampa Bay area, Laursen has called Tallahassee his home since 1993.

Revell chose his command staff after an internal and external search for candidates. He received 15 applicants over a two-week process.

Revell interviewed five candidates, and ultimately chose Holmes, Bryant-Smith and Lauren.

The new command staff will be effective February 1, and they will be sworn in on February 3.

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