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A 25-year veteran of the Broken Arrow Police Department (BAPD) is the force’s next Deputy Chief of Police. As of Sept. 1, Major Scott Bennett, will assume the role.
“We were blessed to have some great candidates for this very important position. We are very happy for Scott and his family and know that he’s going to do a great job and continue the tradition of outstanding Deputy Chiefs in the Broken Arrow Police Department," said City Manager Michael Spurgeon.
A native of Gore, Okla., Bennett has a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University. First hired by the BAPD in 1994, he has served in a wide variety of positions within the department, including Field Training Officer, Detective and Office of Professional Standards. In 2007, Bennett and several other members of his Special Operations Team received the Medal of Valor for actions taken during a hostage standoff/shootout and rescue mission. In 2014, Bennett graduated from the 256th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Bennett and his wife Stephanie reside in rural Rogers County and have one adult daughter, Sunny.
Bennett takes over for current Deputy Chief Mark Irwin who is retiring at the end of August. Irwin has been Deputy Chief since January 2018 and has also served Broken Arrow for 25 years.
“I want to commend Deputy Chief Mark Irwin for his decades of service to Broken Arrow. He has been an outstanding servant to this community,” Spurgeon said.