LYNCHBURG, Va. -

Some Lynchburg police officers are taking on a new role.

18 people are being promoted to the title of "Master Police Officer." It's a new rank being created within the Lynchburg Police Department.

Family and friends helped the officers pin on their new insignia at a ceremony Friday afternoon.

Master officers will help supervise and lead the force. Chief Parks Snead says this is the first time a new rank has been created in his 29 years with the department.