For Immediate Release
Feb. 4, 2020
Muscogee (Creek) citizen fulfills dream, becomes a Tribal Police Officer
Morgan said she wants to give back to citizens, feels law enforcement is way to do it
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Muscogee (Creek) citizen Rachel Morgan has been interested in law enforcement for as long as she could remember.
“You see them around helping our citizens and I wanted to do that,” she said. “I want to help our citizens.”
Morgan now has that opportunity to help her citizens as she is one of the newest officers hired by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police Department (LTPD).
“This is a dream come true for me,” she said.
Morgan said she went in that direction when she started working at a jail in Hughes County.
“That was how I got my foot in the door,” she said.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation LTPD Deputy Chief Daniel Wind said the applicants go through a process when called in for an interview.
“Part of the hiring process is that the candidate goes for two interviews,” Wind said. “First interview is before a board and the second interview is before myself and Chief (Robert Hawkins).”
Wind said Morgan showed the enthusiasm and willingness to learn and continue learning even after she becomes an officer.
“Most importantly, she wants to give back to the Tribe and help everyone that she comes across while on duty,” he said.
Morgan grew up in Holdenville, Okla., and she said she could not recall seeing a lot of female police officers where she lived.
“I want to be that role model for someone, and young lady or young man that they can look up to,” she said. “I want them to know that both men and women can be police officers.”
Morgan said she will begin her career as an officer on duty with a field training officer (FTO).
LTPD will train her before she goes to the academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia, New Mexico.
“Actually that is the paperwork I am filling out right now,” she said. “We are getting everything ready for training there.”
She said she will be in New Mexico for three months.
“The next academy for me will be in April,” Morgan said.
Morgan is from the Sweet Potato clan and her Tribal Town is Tukvpvtce.