Stan Brown has been Claremore Chief of Police since Jan. 18, 2011. Brown discusses the police department, including how residents can prevent crime and what programs the department offers.
1. What can residents do to prevent crime within their neighborhood?
The most straightforward way to prevent crime in your neighborhood is to simply be a good and observant neighbor. Positive relationships with others in your neighborhood lead to good communication and sharing of others routines, vacation plans, and recognition of activities by persons in the neighborhood who may be there with illegal intent. Persons should also take the initiative to call law enforcement when they observe activities that appear unlawful.
2. What kind of programs do you offer for residents regarding safety?
The department offers several programs to enhance safety. I would encourage everyone to visit our website https://www.claremorecity.com/183/Police-Department and explore the programs listed below.
House watch; Neighborhood watch; Common Elderly Scams; Senior citizens safety; Visits and tours; Women’s safety.
3. What changes would you like to see happen at the police department in 2021?
It is part of our stated mission to seek excellence. As law enforcement professionals we pride ourselves on striving to constantly improve ourselves and our organization through training and continuing education. In 2020 we exceeded statutorily mandated annual training requirements by 100% per individual officer. In this upcoming year I would like to surpass that benchmark again and to also move forward in our long-range plans to provide a training facility for our officers.
4. How can residents have a positive impact on the police department?
The Claremore Police Department mission stated is this: “To promote safety, security, and an improved quality of life in and for the City of Claremore through our personal and organizational commitment to excellence and accountability.” Citizens of Claremore can have positive impact on our department and also on the city as a whole by committing to being their best self, become informed, to be accountable to law, morals, and each other, and by seeking to support law enforcement officers in their day to day roles.
5. What is something you would like the community to know about a police officer’s job?
After 31 years as a certified police officer I think I can speak with some authority to this question. I can honestly say that after this all this time I don’t feel as if I have ever “worked” a day in my life. I see law enforcement as a calling and a necessity in civilized societies.
For our men and women to daily respond to the myriad of human conditions is an act of selflessness that is inexplicable. We are seldom called to anything that is not a crisis for one or more of the involved parties. We see death, despondency, anger, fear, dependency, rejection, and hopelessness or a combination of all at a large majority of our calls. Only occasionally are we blessed with joy and levity at the calls.
Yet we are able to deal with the negatives because we get to hear from those we have helped over the duration of our service. The child now a teenager, or the young single mother who is now flourishing in her self-worth and independence from an abusive relationship. The young person that is now drug free because we arrested him and he was held accountable in the courts and was able to attend rehabilitation services. The vehicle accident victim whom we comforted on the roadside in a tangle mass of wreckage and carnage. The murder victim’s family after the offender was brought to justice because of the long hours and hard work we have done.
We do these activities, often underpaid and underappreciated, because I think that every officer you may have the privilege to truly talk to about why they are an officer would tell you because they have an inherent desire and calling to serve their fellow man.