"Midwest City police Chief Clabes prepares for retirement, stepping into new role"

Anchor Alejandra Briones - May 11, 2021 6:55 PM

MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma —
A pillar of the local law enforcement community is stepping down as Midwest City police Chief Brandon Clabes is retiring and stepping into a new role.

Clabes will become the director of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for CLEET.

"Honored to serve Midwest City for many, many years, and it's bittersweet," said Clabes, who has 40 years of service to the Midwest City Police Department and served as chief since 1999.

He credits his success as police chief not based on what he's done as an individual but instead on the work done with his partners. Over the last 40 years, he said the department and community have evolved.

"I've seen Midwest City grow. We've embraced community-based policing. We have made a lot of outreach. We've made relationships to make our community better," Clabes said.

KOCO 5 asked Clabes which case stood out the most of all the cases he's worked in Midwest City.

"Obviously, the Kirsten Hatfield case that we solved almost two years ago with the arrest of Anthony Palma. That's one I was grateful we were able to solve," Clabes said.

That's just one of many. Now, Clabes will take over as CLEET director, where he hopes to assist in better police training.

"Training for law enforcement is obviously the biggest issue across the United States. So, we need to do a better job not only in Oklahoma but across the nation," he said.

Preparing for his final days as police chief, Clabes said his retirement is also about his family.

"I get emotional talking about it, but I'm blessed to be where I am and blessed to be where I'm going to go," Clabes said.

Clabes' last day is Friday. Assistant police Chief Sid Porter will step in as acting chief.