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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Partners in crime

  • Chief Steve Olinger and Captain Jeff Brown started at the Macon Police Department 20 years ago.
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  • Twenty years ago, two men joined the Macon Police Department. Although both men agree the work has changed in that time, the reason they work has not.
    Captain Jeff Brown:
    Captain Jeff Brown joined the Macon Police Department on January 15, 1993. He started as a patrol officer, became a sergeant, and in 2000, he became captain. But this wasn't the first time Brown had stepped into a police station. In fact, Brown actually lived in the Sheriff's Department for a couple years while his father was Sheriff.
    "That was my big ticket right there," said Brown. "And I had the opportunity to do other things, but I chose not to."
    Brown considers having the opportunity to serve the community a huge accomplishment.
    "I grew up here," said Brown. "Being able to serve the community is a big honor… it really is. I take it to heart that we take care of our business and our people right."
    But taking care of his citizens isn't the only thing on Brown's mind. He also wants to hold his fathers legacy.
    "The one thing my dad told me after I became a patrol officer was to treat everybody fair no matter what their status in the community," said Brown. "I hope people say that I treated them fair and with respect whether I arrested them or helped them. That's a big deal to me."
    Chief Steve Olinger:
    On February 5, 1993, Steve Olinger joined the Macon Police Department as a patrolman. He then went to corporal, D.A.R.E. officer, K-9 handler, drug task force officer, undercover officer, and in 2002, he became chief.
    "Being the chief and being chief as long as I have has been one of my biggest accomplishments," said Olinger. "The timing was just perfect."
    Although being selected as chief was his number one accomplishment, being selected for the FBI National Academy was a close second.
    "Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get that opportunity," said Olinger while looking at his FBI diploma that is hung in his office. "I remember back in high school hearing about the Brookfield chief of police going through and only dreaming about that opportunity."
    And it was around that time Olinger realized his dream of becoming a police officer. "It has always been my nature to want to help people," said Olinger. "It was just always something that I wanted to do."
    Now after 20 years of service, both men plan on sticking with law enforcement. "Law enforcement is a family," said Brown. "Steve and I argue about things, but we both have what is best in mind for the citizens of Macon."
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