Both Colton Clown, Jr. and Joe Condon grew up on Cheyenne River and come from law enforcement families. Both recently completed an intensive six-week Indian Correctional Officer Training program in Artesia, NM, to enhance their effectiveness at CRST Law Enforcement. According to Condon, the course included training to handle difficult, stressful situations that he and Clown might encounter as correctional officers. Approximately twenty-seven students started the course but only twenty completed it.
Clown, 21, has served as a Juvenile Detention Officer since March, 2020, and says the best part of the position is having the opportunity to help people who come to detention. He does his best to provide positive input. He often talks and listens to people who have no one to talk to outside of the correctional facility. Since serving as a detention officer, he has crossed paths with former detainees who told him that his counsel with them while they were in detention helped them and made a difference in their lives. Both Clown’s parents as well as his maternal grandfather served in law enforcement.
Condon, 20, says he has known since grade school that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of both his grandfathers and serve the community in law enforcement. Since he was a young child, he’s watched television reality shows about policing such as the original “COPS” and “Life PD” and saw himself in the role of the law enforcement officer. Condon’s uncle, Michael Condon, Jr., is a police sergeant and has encouraged Joe along the way. Condon has served as an Adult Detention Officer since June, 2020.
Condon agrees with Clown that the best part of his job is “being able to help others who can’t help themselves…helping people I’ve known all my life.” He stated that this career pathway is both demanding and rewarding.
Clown intends eventually to be a patrol officer. Condon sees himself one day becoming a police patrol officer, then a criminal investigator. He says that if in the future he has children who choose law enforcement as their career, he would give them his full support.
Both Clown and Condon say that the majority of detainees they encounter in their work are in detention because of alcohol- and drug-related offenses. It is clear that both these young men intend to be part of the solution to the community’s challenges with substance abuse and other criminal activities. The entire community can be proud of both Colton Clown, Jr. and Joe Condon and show them full support.