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Bratton bumped to investigations chief, making department history / May 03, 2021
Under a departmental reorganization, the South Boston Police Department is adding a third division, a new investigations branch, to be led by newly promoted officer Tiffaney Bratton.

Bratton, who joined the town department in 2006 after working previously for the Halifax County’s Sheriff Office, was elevated Thursday from investigator to lieutenant and placed in charge of SBPD investigations. She is the first African American female lieutenant in the department’s history.

The SBPD will undergo more changes in August when Patrol Division Lt. Randy Redd retires after a 26-year career in law enforcement, three of those years with the Sheriff’s Office. Redd is a SBPD lieutenant along with longtime officer Freddie Edmunds, who leads the administrative division.

Police Chief Bryan Young has been working on a restructuring of the department since taking over after the retirement of former Chief Jim Binner. The move to add an investigations branch and place Bratton in charge arose out of conversations with Redd and Edmunds, said Young.

“The demands of investigation drove the need for a separate division,” he said.

Although still fairly new to South Boston, Young — who previously worked as chief of Virginia Game Police in Richmond, a division of the Virginia Wildlife Department — said he has long known Bratton and her career.

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Tiffaney for the past 20 years, she’s a wonderful addition to the command staff,” said Young.

The investigation division includes South Boston police officers who are members of the interagency Halifax County Narcotics and Gang Task Force. Young expressed that having three lieutenants will facilitate more cohesive communication among all divisions.

As Bratton accepted the promotion from Young, she looked at the plaque presented to her and said, “you spelled ‘Captain’ wrong,” drawing laughs from fellow officers and town officials assembled for the announcement.

“I’d like to thank all my co-workers for keeping me in check and I hope to make you proud,” said Bratton.

Bratton served as an officer in the patrol unit from 2006 to 2010 when she was promoted to corporal. In 2015, Bratton became a patrol sergeant which later led to her promotion to investigator in 2019.

As an investigator, Bratton and Sgt. Chris Carswell — who was recently transitioned as SBPD accreditation manager — will carry a heavy workload, said Young, expressing confidence in their ability.

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