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Abilene police chief speaks at Brown Co. law enforcement luncheon

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BROWNWOOD, Texas - A native of Brownwood returned to his roots on Friday as the guest speaker at the Brown County Law Enforcement appreciation luncheon.

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge spoke to a sold-out crowd to share the insight he's learned in his time as chief.

"I found out very quickly you need to surround yourself with very capable men and women," Standridge said. "And the trials and challenges have been very significant."

Standridge graduated from Brownwood High School in 1989 and joined the U.S. Air Force after that. He said he only had 13 years of law enforcement experience when he was appointed as Abilene's chief - the youngest in the city's history.

The luncheon, held at the Coggin Ave. Baptist Church connection center, honored those in law enforcement. Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ray Tipton helped organize this event and said community participation continued to increase for the luncheon's eight year.

"They don't see the positive side a lot of times just because they're on the ground working every day," Tipton said. "So for us as a community to take out an hour, buy them lunch, and clap for them and say, ‘you guys are doing a good job' is nothing really."

Game wardens, city police departments, deputies, constables, and many other Brown County officials were recognized with awards. The Brown County Republican Women's Club also gave out special dog tags to 141 members.

"We are very thankful for law enforcement and we all need to keep them in our prayers, and tell them when we see them how much we appreciate what they do for us," BCRWC President Cheryl Jones said.

The luncheon was held jointly with the Early Chamber of Commerce.

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