Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes has been named the recipient of the 2017 Clara Luper Community Service Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast organization.
Clabes has served as Police Chief since 1999. Throughout his years as Chief, Clabes has had an emphasis on creating better community relations with all Midwest City citizens. Under his leadership, the department has a community based policing mission and strives each day to deliver the best police services available.
Since the most recent national unrest against police officers, Clabes has undertaken an even greater emphasis in reaching out to the minority community in and around Midwest City. Through door-to-door campaigns, neighborhood meetings, marches, church services and more, Clabes and his officers have increased their communications within the community in hopes that an even more positive relationship can be achieved and violence avoided.
Committee chairperson, Vivian Woodward stated that making the decision on who the recipient of the award would be was a simple one. Woodward said that Clabes was selected because he is not afraid to step-out and be active in the minority community. “Chief Clabes has demonstrated by being pro-active in neighborhoods that there are many approaches you can take in solving the problems that exist. He has been creative in problem solving and therefore, has helped to create trust in our minority neighborhoods,” Woodward said.
Clara Luper, for whom the award is named, was a was an Oklahoma City civic leader, retired school teacher, and a pioneering leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. She is best known for her leadership role in the 1958 Oklahoma City sit-in movement, as she, her young son and daughter, and numerous young members of the NAACP Youth Council successfully conducted nonviolent sit-in protests of downtown drugstore lunch-counters, which overturned their policies of segregation.