MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It was an exciting day for 24 Minneapolis police officers who received promotions Thursday.

Chief Janee Harteau recognized a new commander, four new lieutenants and 19 new sergeants in a ceremony Thursday afternoon. Mayor Betsy Hodges congratulated the officers and offered thanks from the public.

“Every single day, you all are out there going through this and I appreciate it a lot,” Hodges said.

One officer, Abdiwahab Ali, became the second Somali officer promoted to sergeant.