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By Marlana Smith
Shelby County Sheriff Arron Fredrickson looks forward to working with and training his two new deputies to serve the county with fairness and common sense.
Caleb Barton and Caleb Brown graduated from Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) on Friday, August 20. Fredrickson attended the ceremony in Fulton at LETI where he pinned their badges on them.
Both deputies began police academy at LETI, an extension of Mizzou in May 2021.
Fredrickson wants to congratulate the new graduates for graduating in the top 10 of their class academically and with other individual awards. There were 33 in the class.
Fredrick Paul Tucker, 41st Circuit Court Judge, swore in the deputies Monday, August 23.
Deputy Caleb Barton #515
Being a police office has been a dream of Barton’s since he was little.
“That desire became the center of my focus with each time I was able to help those around me,” Barton said.
Barton graduated from Liberty University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Education and spent two years prior to beginning police academy teaching high school students.
“I have always been passionate about serving my community in any way possible,” Barton said. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve and protect Shelby County.”
He married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie, in 2013 and they have been blessed with two boys and two girls. Barton has lived in Shelby County for almost 20 years.
Barton loves to spend time with his family, shoot guns, building anything he can figure out how to and hunt. He spent most of his adult life working on the farm.
Deputy Caleb Brown #519
Brown said he has wanted to become a law enforcement officer ever since he was a little kid.
Brown’s grandfather, Keith Brown, was Sheriff of Macon County for 15 years and his father, Jeff Brown, is serving as City Marshal of Shelbina.
“It is kind of in my blood to be a law enforcement officer,” Brown said.
The most important reason Brown wants to be in law enforcement is to help people and be sure they are safe and sound during their daily activities.
“I look forward to getting to work and help the citizens of Shelby County and becoming involved in the community,” Brown said.
In his free time, he likes to spend time with his dog and generally just be outdoors. Brown currently lives in Macon but will be moving to Shelby County within the next couple of months.