News Flash Home
The original item was published from 8/7/2017 3:38:44 PM to 10/3/2017 12:00:00 AM.

News Flash

Police Department News

Posted on: August 7, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Galbreaith Promoted to Lieutenant

The Idaho Falls Police Department is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Sgt. Galbreaith to the rank of lieutenant. The promotion went into effect on August 6, 2017. 

“Sgt Galbreaith’s drive, dedication and professionalism bring great credit upon himself and the Idaho Falls Police Department. I have no doubt that those attributes will continue to keep with the highest traditions of law enforcement as he leads his team and advances in his career within the department,” states Idaho Falls Police Chief Mark McBride.

Galbreaith began working for the Idaho Falls Police Department in 1998. He was promoted to detective in 2003. In 2009, he was promoted to sergeant where he was assigned to the Patrol Division, as well as serving as a Neighborhood Police Officer. As a field commander, he was tasked with executing strategies and tactics that keep the public, his team, and suspects safe, while protecting the integrity of the investigation and evidence. 

Galbreaith received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1997 from the University of Central Oklahoma. He received his Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in leadership from Tiffin University in 2012.

In March 2017, Sgt. Galbreaith was awarded the Commander’s Commendation for his leadership and support following a vehicle pursuit in October of 2016.  During that pursuit, two suspects tried to escape by jumping into the Idaho Canal where they attempted to swim away or hide along the canal bank.  The first suspect was located and removed from the water, but the second suspect pretended to be unconscious and quietly floated away attempting to go unnoticed. Sgt. Galbreaith not only kept command of the scene and gave great direction, but he was also the first one in the frigid water to the save the suspect when he was spotted.

Capt. Royce Clements stated, “The pursuit in October is just one example of how Sgt. Galbreaith is leading from the front with his fellow officers. There are several more examples of where he has stayed on top of incidents where his actions and control were spot on.”

Five individuals applied for the position. A Chief’s panel comprised of all of the lieutenants from the Idaho Falls Police Department, the Captain and the Chief reviewed and evaluated each application. Each candidate was considered equally under the merits of the City Policy IX which states, “All promotions or upgrading to an advanced classification will be made on the basis of qualifications, ability, attitude, aptitude, education, performance and work habits. Everything else being equal, employees of longest service will be given preference.” 

Media Note:  A photo of Lieutenant Galbreaith is not available. 

###

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Police Department News

Officer Involved Shooting - Eagles Lodge

Posted on: November 28, 2022

Fatality Vehicle Collision

Posted on: October 6, 2022
Facebook Press Release Header

Man in Custody Following Homicide

Posted on: September 4, 2022

Man Arrested After Attack with Knife

Posted on: June 15, 2022

Update - Jed Hall Investigation

Posted on: May 5, 2022

Man Arrested Following Homicide

Posted on: March 31, 2022

Man Arrested for Weekend Robbery

Posted on: March 21, 2022

Single Vehicle Rollover Fatality

Posted on: January 18, 2022

Man Arrested Following Police Pursuit

Posted on: October 21, 2020

Felony Heroin Trafficking Arrest

Posted on: February 6, 2020

Anniversary of Disappearance of Jed Hall

Posted on: January 23, 2020