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LPD Sgt. Brian Allgire (left) and Det. Kenny Santee (right) 
received rank promotions from Chief Pat Burton (center).
By Christy Porter
Managing Editor       

Licking Chief of Police Pat Burton promoted Corporal Brian Allgire to the rank of Sergeant and Officer Kenny Santee to the rank of Detective on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at City Hall with City Clerk Renee Keaton performing the swearing-in ceremony.
Sgt. Allgire graduated from Licking High School in 2010 and started his law enforcement career with the LPD in March 2013. Sgt. Allgire graduated from Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In September 2013 he became the department’s first K9 handler and was promoted to Corporal in 2019.
"It’s been a great honor and privilege to serve in the community which I was raised in for so many years. I look forward for many more years of service and dedication to the citizens of our community," said Sgt. Allgire.
Sgt. Allgire will continue to be the full time and reserve officer's first-line supervisor on day to day operations. He will oversee all long-term narcotic investigations and narcotic search warrants which take place inside the city limits of Licking. Sgt. Allgire will be taking on additional responsibilities including, but not limited to, additional administration paperwork, applying for federal and state equipment grants and he will be involved in the hiring process of new and reserve officers.
  Chief Burton comments, “Sgt. Allgire continues to show, on a daily basis, his great leadership skills. He shows a passion for law enforcement and serving our community. He remains a key employee in this department and I am thankful to have an officer with his caliber of character working beside me.” 
Det. Kenny Santee has been a Licking resident since 2011. His prior experience includes six years active duty in the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) conducting felony investigations. He also served five years with the Military Police in the Missouri Army National Guard and over four years as an instructor at the U.S. Army Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood. Det. Santee started with the LPD as a Reserve Officer in November 2018 and became a full-time officer in September 2019.
"I have always had a passion for service, particularly in the area of criminal investigations. After serving at the federal and state levels, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to apply that experience while serving our local Licking community in the capacity of police detective," said Det. Santee.
Det. Santee will be the department's evidence officer and oversee all major crimes which take place inside the city of Licking. These crimes include sexual related investigations, crimes where serious physical injury or death occurs, major thefts and crimes which occur in a series of events such as multiple car break-ins, multiple home or business burglaries, etc.
Remarks Chief Burton, “Det. Santee possesses a level of skill for criminal investigations that is second to none. He has the advanced training and experience to oversee any and all investigations our department may encounter. He sets the department standards high for professionalism, integrity and work ethic. Det. Santee is always a team player and shows great leadership skills within the department as well as with our citizens. The Licking Police Department and our citizens are very fortunate to have Det. Santee working with us and for us."
Chief Burton continues, "Since being appointed as Chief of Police, this department has taken on several changes, from new officers to new equipment. It is my goal and responsibility to continue to improve the Licking Police Department and ensure the citizens of Licking are being provided with the best law enforcement agency possible. Out of all the decisions I've made in my law enforcement career, these promotions have been some of the easiest.”

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