By Sara Powers

(CBS DETROIT) – The Warren Police Department held its first promotions ceremony since the pandemic began.

During it, the commissioner had strong words for those wanting to defund the police.

READ MORE: Lighthouse Partners With Gleaners To Expand Food Relief

“I know this event is something the families of the officers have looked forward to because all of the officers have worked and studied hard for the promotions exams,” Dwyer told the Macomb Daily.

READ MORE: 3 Dead, 9 Hurt In Separate Weekend Shootings In Detroit

46 officers in total were recognized on July23.

All of them were hired or promoted during the pandemic.

MORE NEWS: Olivia Newton-John, Beloved Singer, Songwriter And Actress, Dies At 73

 © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.