Kevin Hammond is a 2018 Democratic Party Candidate for Cleveland County Sheriff. He has been endorsed by Our Revolution Oklahoma.
Bio from campaign website (captured 7/30/2018):
Kevin Hammond is a fourth-generation Oklahoman and a Democrat. He was born in Bartlesville, OK and attended school in the small town of Dewey, OK. After graduating high school, Hammond moved to the Oklahoma City area to attend college. In his first semester of college, Hammond was inspired by the courage displayed by first responders on September 11, 2001 and he declared his major as criminal justice. He went on to earn a BA in criminal justice from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MA in business and organizational security management from Webster University.
After completing an internship in loss prevention management, Hammond began working as a Loss Prevention Manager, where he was promoted to become responsible for investigating embezzlement in a region spanning 7 states. He then took on the challenging role of developing a new loss prevention and security department for a grocery store chain based in Oklahoma City. Later, Hammond was recruited to join the newly formed Rose State College Police Department, and attended the police academy in Ada, OK. As a rookie police officer, Hammond had a front row seat in seeing what can result from poor leadership and fiscal mismanagement. After only about a year, the police department closed and laid off all of its employees. This experience impressed upon him the importance of a police department engaging in a dialogue with the community it serves in order to find out what they need, instead of telling them what they need. It also ingrained in him the vital role a balanced budget can play in the success of an agency.
Fortunately, Hammond obtained a position at the new Oklahoma City Community College Police Department, where he could use the lessons learned in his previous position to help the department avoid those mistakes and flourish. While at OCCC, Hammond had the opportunity to help build the department from the ground up by developing the police field training program from scratch and helping establish the police department’s policies and procedures. Hammond was soon promoted to serve as the supervisor of the police, security, dispatch and support divisions, reporting directly to the Chief and completing the Chief’s duties in his absence. Hammond also gained experience in event and crisis management, having served as the Law Enforcement Branch Director for Arts Festival Oklahoma and the Operations Section Chief during the May 2013 tornado.
Hammond knows that training is the key to effective and professional law enforcement, which is why he has attended the Police Chief Administrative and Command Staff Training with the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police and the Command Leadership Institute with the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He has also earned his Advanced Peace Officer Certification, Peace Officer Instructor Certification and Certified Protection Professional designation.
In addition to his education, experience, and training in the field, Hammond has served with several professional organizations. In college, he became a Charter Member of the UCO Criminal Justice Club. Later, he became a Charter Member and Board Member of the Oklahoma Association of School Resource Officers, where he helped organize the first three annual school security conferences in the state and served as the Southern Region Representative, assisting law enforcement and school administrators with school security concerns.
In 2015, Hammond found his current position in the private sector as a Security Manager for a technology company with a campus in Oklahoma City. After writing the Oklahoma City campus’ security operations and emergency procedures, Hammond was assigned global responsibility for leading physical security procedure administration as well as writing the global site security operations procedures. Hammond lives in northeastern Cleveland County, where he has made his home with his wife and two children.