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Posted on: September 4, 2018

East Lansing Police Chief Announces Newly Promoted Captain


EAST LANSING, Mich. – East Lansing Police Chief Larry Sparkes has announced that East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) Lt. Chad Connelly has been promoted to the rank of captain.

Capt. Connelly has served with ELPD for 20 years. He was sworn-in as an ELPD officer in September 1998 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2012 and lieutenant in 2016. During his tenure, he has served as an ELPD K9 Unit handler/supervisor, an Ingham Regional Special Response Team supervisor, a sergeant in the ELPD Detective Bureau and an administrative lieutenant.

Capt. Connelly holds a master’s degree in public administration and he currently serves as a facilitator for the Michigan State University School of Staff and Command. Capt. Connelly has an extensive background in community outreach, including serving as the president of the East Lansing Police Athletic League, and he is ELPD’s lead active violence intervention instructor.

In his new role, Capt. Connelly will be responsible for police operations, which includes oversight of the Patrol Division and Detective Bureau.

“Capt. Connelly has proven to be a great leader and consummate professional during his 20 years with the East Lansing Police Department,” said Chief Sparkes. “We know he will continue to provide exceptional service to the East Lansing community in this new leadership role.”

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