Claremore Police Department gained two new police officers during Monday's regular city council meeting.
Officers Logan Reed and Logan Mitchell were sworn in by Police Chief Stan Brown.
“I am optimistic in this new group of folks that we hired,” Brown said. “They have very positive attitudes. They came to us and expressed a servant's heart and that is very important to me. I think that is very important to the community.”
Reed, 21, is from Inola and said he always knew he wanted to be a police officer.
“I always knew I wanted to serve,” Reed said. “I wanted to serve because I wanted to do more community policing.”
Reed graduated from Tulsa Community College with a degree in criminal justice. He said his goal as a police officer is to bring his religion back to policing.
“God is the center of my passion for serving,” Reed said. “I feel like I can bring God back into law enforcement so that is my main goal.”
Mitchell, 28, is from Humboldt County, California and moved to Claremore in November 2021. Mitchell said he used to do search and rescue and enjoyed the sense of service that went with it. He said he chose to become a police officer because he wants to continue his pursuit of service.
“I love interacting with people,” Mitchell said. “I love the characters and the nuances of people, what they say and what they do. I look forward to meeting the community.”
Mitchell said CPD stuck out to him because of the size of the department and the training it offers. As Mitchell learns more about the community, he said he hopes to belong and fit in with Claremore.
“Don't treat me too harshly just because I'm from California,” Mitchell said.
City Manager John Feary welcomed the police officer to the community. He said since 2000, CPD has maintained about the same level of officers while having a 27% increase in call volume.
“Your dedication, your commitment, we all understand the dangers that come with it,” Feary said. “We are appreciative of you... Like I always say you do the right thing. We're always going to take care of you and have your back.”
Reed and Mitchell bring the city's police force to 39 officers. The hiring of two more police officers was also approved during the council's acceptance of the 2022-2023 city budget.