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May 15, 2014

Meet Claremore’s newest police recruits

CLAREMORE — Two newly-recruited Claremore police officers are working to complete phases of training with the department following graduation from the law enforcement academy. The officers were officially welcomed to the force during an oath of office at the May 5 Claremore City Council meeting.

Patrol Officer Cassandra Grettner is a former CPD dispatcher and has worked with members of the agency for nearly five years.

“Working in dispatch prior to joining the force was an advantage for me. I know everybody,” Grettner said. “It’s a great organization and everyone’s very professional.

She said becoming a police officer was a “dream come true.”

“One of my goals as a dispatcher was to one day become a police officer — I thought that would be a good way to get my foot in the door. The journey has been a long time coming, but working on the force is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Grettner is originally from Las Vegas and moved to Claremore in 2005. She has two sons who attend Claremore schools.

“Claremore is the community I live in, and that is one reason why I wanted to work for this agency. I get to work with a great group of people through a well-organized training program,” Grettner said. “When you’re starting a new career, it’s nice to have people behind you to make sure you’re as prepared as can be.”

She said her short-term and long-term goals are to hone her skills and become a well-rounded officer.

Patrol Officer Greg Stone graduated from the law enforcement academy last summer as a Rogers County deputy.

He said he originally worked in the Rogers County Jail for about a year-and-a-half.

Stone patrolled as a deputy for about eight months before transferring to the CPD in February.

Having played nine years in Minor League Baseball, Stone originally wanted to become a professional baseball player.

After he decided to retire, he helped his family run a lumber yard near the Claremore area.

“I realized the lumber yard was not where I wanted to work for the rest of my life,” Stone said. “I had a buddy who mentioned that the jail needed some help, and that’s when I began to demonstrate interest in law enforcement.”

Currently in phase one training, Stone said there is so much knowledge he has been able to learn from.

“I don’t know how many guys are on their 10-year or passed their 20-year mark,” he said. “I learn something new everyday — even from guys who are new to the force. In this job, you’re dealing with so many different classes of people on a daily basis, and that’s the fun part too because you’re getting to interact with everybody.”

Stone said he was glad to be able to work for the sheriff’s office, and is now glad to be a part of the Claremore department.

“The two agencies do work hand-in-hand,” he said. “I have friends there and I have friends here. It’s important for both offices to have a commutative relationship to be able to accomplish goals on each end.”

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