As the city of Dothan continues to grow so too does the need for more police protection.
Friday, a ceremony was held to promote 12 Dothan police officers.
Promotions help retain experienced officers in the Dothan area.
The newly promoted officers will allow the department to have more leadership roles in the department to deal with the recent influx in crime.
Five new officers will join the Dothan Police Department in November and an anticipated five more will join in January.