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found the prospect of being in law enforcement a dream that could be achieved instead of a job that pays the bills. " I grew up wanting to be a police officer," He said.
Like any realistic dreamer , he
focused on the end result and started at the beginning.At the age of 16 he began working as a jailer for Tulsa County . He also worked in booking and various other aspects of the profession where he learned how to become what he respected most. He
pursued auto mechanics through Tulsa County
Vo-Tech after graduating high school in Owasso and remained working nights at the jail eventually working both occupations full time for five years.During those years, he completed CLEET (Council on Law Enforcement Education, and Training) certification and became a full time deputy for Tulsa County.
The rigorous schedule of two full time jobs finally forced Melton
to leave auto mechanics behind and walk on faith toward his
dream career.Not that it was difficult according to his
comment that he
was "tired of working on cars anyway."
" I have never regretted it, I love law enforcement," he
achieved some validation for that choice and his
dedication to that decision when he
was recently voted Officer of the Year by his
peers in Pawnee County after only two years of service.Before Pawnee County, Melton also worked for the Delaware County Sheriff's office for four years after leaving Tulsa County.
"I work a lot of crimes against children and overtime on cases, maybe that is why I was chosen.I don't really know , I just know I feel appreciated and validated."he
said.Those crimes against children and his
will to bring an end to their suffering seem to keep him grounded in a belief that drives him to walk on the darker edge of humanity and work cases that most officers don't even like to think about.
"I've seen a lot of bad situations in 18 years.I've seen some with children that make me wonder why I do this job but I do love the job and I feel strongly about crimes against children."he
said.Being a father himself, Melton
seems to taka a paternal instinct for all the children in the county who are victims of abuse and neglect.
..."Being a field deputy is about the greatest job one can have, Melton said about his current position.He didn't hesitate with his quiet response of "no" when asked about a future as sheriff but he did share an interest he fosters for eventually working for the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) or OSBI (Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation) after completing his degree in criminal justice which he is currently pursuing.
Melton's paternal instincts seem to dominate his
personal like as well.He
spends a great deal of his
time off with his
three children doing things from yard work to fishing.He
loves to spend much of that quality time with them out doors along with his
wife as they find it peaceful according to Melton
As for hobbies, he
finds himself intrigued by photography even trying his
hand at wildlife photography.He
also hunts, enjoys rounds at the firing range, working on his
house and collecting police patches.
It's an interesting question to ponder, what is your greatest contribution to humanity?Without fail, I have gotten the same awkward silence immediately following the question each time I've asked it until Melton
"Doing the best job I can in law enforcement , protecting the community and teaching my children right from wrong," he
said without hesitation and then he
added the golden rule.