THE CITY OF AUBURN
The Auburn Police Department is proud to announce the following promotions to the rank of sergeant, effective July 1, 2022.
Darrell Catchings has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. He served as a police officer with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Police Department from 2011 to 2017. He studied pre-engineering and mathematics at the University of Montevallo and received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice with a minor in mathematics from UAB in 2011. Sgt. Catchings has obtained the following certifications: Law Enforcement Bicycle Association (LEBA) Basic Class A, LEBA National Instructor Certificate, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Basic Physical Defense Instructor Certificate, RAD Replicating Adverse Dynamics Instructor, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Basic Certificate, OC and Less Lethal Instructor Certificate and LEBA Master Instructor Certificate. Sgt. Catchings was hired as a police officer with the Auburn Police Department in March 2017.
Patrick O’Hara has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. Prior to his career as a police officer, he served in the U.S. Army from 1992 to 2018, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He received numerous military awards and has military training in advanced leadership and development and specialized training in risk management, conflict resolution, combat operations, urban warfare, counterterrorism and unconventional warfare. He received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Auburn University in 1990, an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1991, a Master of Science in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2008 and a Master of Strategic Studies from Air University in 2016. Sgt. O’Hara joined the Auburn Police Department in July 2019 and has advanced training in peer counseling, mountain bike patrolling, field training, advanced active shooter response, community policing, conflict resolution and police tactics.
William Schallock has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. Sgt. Schallock received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Auburn University, cum laude in 1999. He served in the U.S. Army Military Police from 1992 to 1995. He started with the City of Auburn in 1998 as a student public safety specialist and joined the Auburn Police Division as a police officer in 1999. During his career with the Auburn Police Department, he has served as a patrol officer, a narcotics officer, a narcotics K9 handler and a school resource officer. Sgt. Schallock is currently a public safety diver, patrol officer and field training officer. He and his wife, Sasha, have two children; Emily, a rising senior at the University of Montevallo and Liam, a rising sophomore at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.