Lawton Police Department

Chief James T Smith

It is the mission of the Lawton Police Department to deliver professional, effective services, fairly and ethically, in a respectful manner, to all people, to prevent crime, and enhance the overall quality of life for our citizens and visitors; to encourage and promote community involvement on all levels to achieve these goals ~ Chief James T Smith


The Lawton Police Department currently employs 178 sworn Officers and 65 civilian personnel. We are located in Southwest Oklahoma bordering Fort Sill Army Base. We are also just south of the Historic Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Reservation.

Lawton was founded in 1901 and unlike other parts of the Territory that used land runs, Lawton was established using a lottery system for 160 acre plots. Lawton struggled to grow through its early years but eventually began to grow, from 35,000 people in 1950 to 80,000 in 1990. Currently Lawton has approximately 99,000 residents, not including Ft. Sill Military Installation, home of the Fires Center of Excellence for the US Army.

Lawton is home to two lakes; Lake Lawtonka and Lake Ellsworth. You can read about the lakes and regulations on our Lake Patrol page.


Online Incident Reporting

Have you been the victim of a crime? It is now possible for you to file a police report online using your computer at home. Our Online Reporting System is now up and running and can be accessed from any computer that has internet access. You now have the ability to complete an Offense Report for certain crimes online. Once you go to the Main page, you will be given a set of instructions for the reports and a link at the bottom of the main page will take you to the definitions of each crime. You also have the ability to print a Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Report to fill out and submit through the mail.

You can click on the below buttons to take you to either page.



Lawton Police Department Community Crime Prevention Surveillance Information Form


Please come and visit our Kids Safety pages. You, and your children can visit the pages by clicking on the Kids Pages above or through the Community Involvement Section below.

We have rearranged our website, added a few new pages, and changed the format. You will find links to the major divisions within the department at the top of each page. You will also find other links at the bottom of pages that will take you various areas, one of which will be our Current Crimes page. This page was added to update you on current, major crimes in the City, as well as notifying you if we are having a large amount of activity, such as burglaries, in a specific area. As you can see, we are divided into three main areas; Community Involvement, Crime Statistics, and Department News. Please feel free to browse the site and contact Webmaster if you see a broken link or want to comment on the site. We are actively updating, so please be patient while our website is undergoing redesign.

If you would like to commend an officer or file a complaint against an officer, please go to our Commendation and Complaint page to see the proceedures.

Community Involvement


The Lawton Police Department prides itself on being involved in the community through various programs such as Community Orientated Policing, Crime Stoppers, and the Citizens Police Academy. Read more here …

Crime Statistics


The Lawton Police Department keeps track of crimes reported within our city and configures a monthly statistical report. You may view what crimes are ocurring within Lawton, as well as check on Sex Offenders by following to this page …

Department Events/News

Department News

We will be giving you updates on happenings within the Department, whether that may be a special event coming up, announcements of promotions or transfers, or a special achievement by an Officer. Throughout the year events are held that the department is involved in. Read more …