Briefly Noted: Merriam Police Department promotes two officers to corporals

The Merriam Police Department promoted Aaron Simmons from master police officer to corporal. Photo via Twitter

Merriam Police Department promotes two officers to corporals. The Merriam Police Department has promoted two of its master police officers to corporals. Corporals Wes Waller and Aaron Simmons received their new badges at the Nov. 11 city council meeting. Simmons first started at the police department in 2012 and was promoted to master police officer in 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. Waller started at the department in 2005 and was promoted to master police officer three years later.

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