New police officer fulfills childhood dream


September 7, 2022

Benny Westcott

Allen Cripe, one of the Sweet Home Police Department's newest officers, is a former U.S. Marine. "I've been around the world to several places multiple times, so I think all the culture that I've absorbed and witnessed can help," he said.

At the age of 24, new Sweet Home Police Department Officer Allen Cripe has already fulfilled two of his biggest childhood dreams.

"As a kid, my two ideal jobs I always wanted to do was be a Marine or police officer," he said.

"It happened to work out. I became a Marine first, and then a police officer after. They both kind of stem from the same thought process and the way I was raised, with an emphasis on being as helpful as you can in this world. This world has enough not-so-nice people, so it's not going to hurt to be a nice person in this world, helping anyone any way you can. Because i...

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