In an early morning ceremony at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Court, Judge Phil Lujan swore in six new police officers that join the force with immediate effect. The additions of officers David Earls, Steve Saxton, John Turner, Matt Mclain, Raymond Joiner and Brent Stringer bring the force’s total strength to 26.
“These six will be assets to the tribe, both in the service they perform and in the professionalism they bring as officers of the law,” Police Chief Dr. Jim Collard told the assembled guests.
“As our tribe grows, so does the responsibilities this force is tasked with, but this is a good time to be in this department. In my opinion it will only get better.”
Two civilian members of the police department were also honored for their outstanding service. Dispatcher Tammy Horn was recognized for her work during the August 18 pursuit of a stolen vehicle by Officer Russell Ross as well a November 23 high speed pursuit by Officer Marian Harris. Due to her actions as a dispatcher in liaising with external law enforcement agencies like the Oklahoma City Police Department, Okla. Highway Patrol and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, both pursuits concluded with arrests.
“Her work speaks for itself,” said Dr. Jim Collard, CPN Police Chief. “It goes without saying that Tammy is an asset to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Police Department.”
Dispatcher Brian Scott was also honored for his work in helping secure federal funding that will pay for eight additional police cars for the department.
“Brian helped with the writing on the grant which got us more than $800,000 in funds that will go to the vehicles and other necessary material,” said Chief Collard. “What you did was important and we wanted to show how much we appreciate it.”
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Police Department was founded more than two decades ago to protect tribal assets and employees, increase public safety and enhance the general well-being of the community.