Folsom PD promotes two commandersBy: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, two Folsom police officers, Jason Browning and Mark Schanrock, were promoted during a ceremony held Friday, May 18.
Commander Browning will head the Operations Bureau, consisting of Patrol Services, Traffic and the Neighborhood Services Division.
Browning began his career in Folsom as a reserve police officer in 1995. Amongst his many assignments during his 23-year career, he has served the community as a field training officer, SWAT operator, narcotic K9 handler, public information officer and detective. As a detective, Commander Browning was assigned to the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force where he investigated and managed significant narcotics trafficking organizations.
In 2011, he was promoted to sergeant and lieutenant in 2015, leading both patrol and investigations division teams.
Browning has served the community as a youth sports coach, as well as having raised his family in Folsom.
Commander Schanrock will head the Administration Bureau, consisting of the Investigations Division, Training, Communications and Records.
Schanrock began his career with the Folsom Police Department in 1997 and has experience as a Field Training officer, K9 handler, detective and SWAT operator. Commander Schanrock was promoted to Sergeant in 2006 and lieutenant in 2015.
Throughout his career, Schanrock has focused his efforts towards SWAT.
Commander Schanrock is a 2015 graduate of the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, session 262.
During the promotion ceremony Vice Mayor Ernie Sheldon spoke to the two men.
“It’s always a great day for promotions,” he said. “You don’t get them if you aren’t working hard.”
Both commanders are second in command at the Folsom Police Department, and in the absence of Police Chief Rick Hillman, they will step in as acting chief.
“The commanders plan, direct and coordinate the operations and activities of a bureau of the department,” Hillman said. “They assume a high level of responsibility and visibility of the bureaus and are expected to provide highly complex administrative support to me.”
Hillman said the department holds promotion ceremonies to showcase their personnel.
“We have these ceremonies so we can showcase our personnel, and these gentlemen deserve to be shown off. They have been great members of this department and will do great things as commanders,” he said. “I have had the fortune of working with these two since the beginning of their careers here. I know both these men possess the skills and qualities that our department needs and demands of its commanders.”