Badges, BBQ, laughs and competition

Badges, BBQ, laughs and competition
(Darren DeLaune/Reporter) (Front to back) Lighthorse Tribal Police Department Captain of Investigations Jere Smith, Sergeant of Investigations Done Feather and Chief of Police Robert Hawkins get ready for the eight annual Badges N’ BBQ competition Oct. 25 at the Richard L. Jones Jr. Airport in Jenks, Oklahoma.

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

Friendly competition held with proceeds towards Tulsa Crime Stoppers

JENKS, Oklahoma — Rain and cold weather could not keep law enforcement agencies and fire departments from Richard L. Jones Jr. Airport in Jenks Oct. 25 for the eighth annual Badges ‘N BBQ contest sponsored by Tulsa Crime Stoppers.

BNB brings together these agencies to battle it out on the grill for bragging rights.

Executive Director for TCS Karen Gilbert said it is fun watching the different fire and police departments talk it up on who has the best BBQ.

“We get to know our officers and fire fighters on a totally different level,” she said. “We get to know who they are away from work.”

In their fourth year to compete, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police Department was ready for the challenge and brought as much as they could to the competition.

“We got it all,” he said. “We got 13 slabs of ribs, brisket, pork shoulders and chicken.”

LTPD Chief of Police Robert Hawkins said it is great to see other agencies that wear the badge relax and enjoy the friendly competition among one another.

“This is good camaraderie and it is all of us taking a break from our everyday duties in law enforcement and fire fighting,” he said. “We have a good time with it.”

Hawkins said Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Bixby Fire Department and Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police were among some of the agencies participating.

LTPD was in another friendly competition with TCSO for this event.

Each year they have a championship belt on who scored the highest between the two and LTPD came out ahead for the second year while placing sixth in the overall competition.

That wish came true. Although LTPD scored sixth overall in the BNB competition, they do have the bragging rights of keeping the belt, which makes it two years in a row for them.

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