Frank Team

Frank Team is a evening shift team that works from 1600 hours (4:00PM) to 0200 hours (2:00AM). Their scheduled days off are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Frank Team's Watch Commander is Captain Rick Franz and his Lieutenants are Lt. Larry Cochran and Lt. James Johnson.




Captain Richard Franz started his law enforcement career with the Lawton Police Department in February of 1989. Capt. Franz spent many years in patrol before moving to training division where he was a Crime Prevention Officer and one of the department’s first Community Oriented Police Officers. Capt. Franz was promoted to Lieutenant in 2003 and served as a patrol supervisor.

Capt. Franz was again promoted in January of 2010 to the rank of Captain, where he now serves as a Watch Commander. Capt Franz has previously served as Chairman of the Meritorious Conduct Board and is the current Commander of the Crisis Negotiation Team.

Prior to becoming the Frank Team Watch Commander, Capt Franz was assigned as the Commander of the Technical Service Division.

In May of 2016, Capt. Franz graduated from the Command Leadership School at the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.

Captain Franz can be reached at (580) 581-3230 or


Lt. Larry Cochran began his career with the Lawton Police Department on May 6th 1998. He has served within the Uniform Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Professional Standards unit and the Special Operations unit. Lt. Cochran has also served on the departments Honor Guard and is currently serving as supervisor of the Crisis Negotiation Team.

Lt. Cochran has received numerous hours of continuing education to include Advanced Hostage Negotiations and Major Crime Scene Investigations. He has earned his advanced certification though the Council of Law Enforcement, Education and Training (CLEET) and numerous letters of commendations.

Lieutenant Cochran can be reached at (580) 581-3225 or


Lieutenant James Churchwell began his career with the Lawton Police Department in September 2002. Lt. Churchwell spent several years working within the Patrol Division. In January 2009 Lt. Churchwell transferred to the Special Operations Division. He then transferred to the Traffic Division in November 2010. In September 2013 Lt. Churchwell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Currently Lt. Churchwell is assigned to the Patrol Division as a Patrol Supervisor.

Lt. Churchwell graduated from Denton High School, Denton TX. Since joining the department he has earned his Advanced CLEET Certification. During Lt. Churchwell’s career with the Lawton Police Department he has served on the department’s bicycle team, Community Oriented Policing, Tactical Team, Motor Unit and was used as a Field Training Officer. Lt. Churchwell is also a department instructor in Law Enforcement Drivers Training and a Harley Davidson Police Motorcycle Operator Instructor.

Lt. Churchwell can be reached at (580) 581-3227 or