Department News

Everyone, to include police officers, appreciate recognition for a job well done. If one of our officers did something for you and you would like to recognize him, please go to our Commendation and Complaint page for directions on where to send the commendation. Also, there may be a time when you feel that you were not treated fairly or witnessed an officer do something you believe is wrong. You may also go to our Commendation and Complaint page to get directions on how to file a complaint and the steps you may expect after the complaint is filed.

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 either hosting or involved in. We will place the notification here but most of the information on these events can be found on the Community Relations page.

If you feel that you are the victim of Domestic Abuse, visit our page on Domestic Abuse Procedures to see what help you can receive and who to call for help. We also lists steps that you can take to protect yourself and explain what we as Officers are allowed to do. Most importantly, if you need help please call.



August 22, 2014

On August 11, 2014, the Lawton Police Department graduated 9 new officers from Academy 2014-06. After 4 long months of training, they all completed their course work and are now CLEET Certified Officers for the State of Oklahoma. They will now begin their next phase of training, the Field Training Officer Program. Each recruit will be paired with various officers for the next 4 months, to learn the duties and functions of an officer's daily duties. Good luck to each of you.

Our newest Officers: Charles Thompson, Danny Smith, Justin Williams, Shawn Burroughs, David Folkert, David Kamont, Chadd Mendiola, Trenton Ulrich, and Patrick Zickenfoose.


May 12, 2014

Congratulations to Detective Tonya Criger for being selected as the Oklahoma Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year for 2014. She will be the Guest of Honor at this years Special Olympics and will be receiving her award.


April 18, 2014

Throughout the years, Officers, Supervisors and Civilian Employees of the department perform their jobs in extraordinary fashion. These employees show their commitment and dedication to the department but mostly to the citizens of Lawton by protecting citizens or supporting efforts of the department. We annually recognize personnel for going above and beyond their assigned duties or for putting their life in danger for the protection of others.

On Tuesday, April 15th, the Lawton Police Department held our annual Awards Ceremony to honor those deserving employees.

Those honored are (listed from left to right in the photograph):

Sergeant Craig Lyman - Medal of Valor
Officer Jeffrey McCoy - Uniform Officer of the Year
Sergeant Donald Pauley - Police Commendation Bar
Sergeant Eric Weatherly - Police Shield and Medal of Valor
Sergeant Curtis Underwood - Police Commendation Bar
Robert Johnson - Certificate of Merit
Lieutenant Jerry Ray - Civilian Employee of the Year
Lieutenant Tom Bailey - Supervisor of the Year
Seargeant Timothy Poff - Certificate of Merit
Lieutenant Mark Mason (not pictured) - Non-Uniform Officer of the Year


April 10, 2014

Lawton police officers and firefighters are lending a helping hand to a local substance abuse treatment program this week. The United Way of Southwest Oklahoma is partnering with the Lawton Police Department and Lawton Fire Department to launch “Giving Back and Volunteering Week” in conjunction with National Volunteer week. “Our members of the Lawton Fire Department have an opportunity to see what these organizations consist of, and are in need of, by spending a few hours during the National Volunteer Week helping the United Way partner agencies,” said Capt. Mike McDaniel from Fire Station No. 5.

The projects, for Roadback Inc. will include painting, yard work and maintenance at five locations. The first projects took place Monday and other projects are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging local people to seek creative ways to engage in the community. “We were very excited and happy that we were approached by both departments in order to help them find community projects to engage in,” said Tia Reed, community collaborations director at United Way. Reed said the volunteer commitment plays a significant role in promoting an altruistic community culture that centers on helping neighbors. “By taking action, working together and participating in this initiative, the Lawton Police and Fire Department volunteers are truly ‘Living United’ and making a difference in our community,” she said.


March 7, 2014

The Lawton Police Department started a new Academy on Monday, March 3rd. We have 9 new recruits attending the academy that will last 26 weeks. Good luck to all the recruits and congratulations. Welcome to the department.


February 18, 2014

Throughout last year the Lawton Police Department has been working on an idea to honor our officers who have worked for 30 years or more. The idea was reached to honor these individuals with a ring to signify their achievement. A committee was formed to design the rings and with the assistance Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association the rings were made available. On February 17th , 2014, the Lawton Police Department conducted a Ring Presentation Ceremony for five officers who reached this unique pinnacle of 30 years of service to the police department and the Lawton/Ft Sill community.

Captain (Ret) Wade Shaw, Detective (Ret) Scott Warren and Assistnat Chief James Apple were on hand to receive their rings. Sergeant Keith May and Lieutenant (Ret) Larry LaFrance were unable to attend.


February 17, 2014

The Lawton Police Department promoted 3 Sergeants to Lieutenant positions and 1 Lieutenant to Captain on Friday, February 14, 2014. This was the most promotions we have had at one time in quite some time. Congratulations to all the newly promoted Officers. The promotions were:

Lt. Ulysses Henderson, Captain Brian Morris, Lt. Mark Mason and Lt. John Schwenk


December 13, 2013

This afternoon our current Police Academy, 2013-05, graduated 9 new officers. After 4 long months of training, they all completed their course work and are now CLEET Certified Officers for the State of Oklahoma. They will now begin their next phase of training, the Field Training Officer Program. Each recruit will be paired with various officers for the next 4 months, to learn the duties and functions of an officer's daily duties. Good luck to each of you.

Our newest Officers: Girard Capps, Josh Dawson, Joshua Essex, Collin Ney, Alicia Redding, Brittany Schulte, Raymond Scott, Steven Taylor, and Hector Vallequinones.


December 9, 2013

About 30 police officers escorted 22 children — one from each of Lawton’s public schools — through the aisles at Target, 2030 NW 82nd, as part of the Shop With A Cop program. Each youngster was given a $100 budget, thanks to a golf scramble fundraiser earlier in the year and funds donated by the retailer, to buy whatever he or she desired, and the children’s choices reflected their own desires to give. LPD Detective Mark Mason said the Fraternal Order of Police, event organizer, has undergone some changes recently, and Shop With A Cop was one of the programs the FOP members wanted to bring back as a regular event. This is the first time since 2008 that LPD has participated in the holiday drive.

While the Shop With a Cop program is, at its core, a shopping spree for deserving children in the community, the event also helps foster relationships between young people and the men and women in blue. “(Police) are usually ‘the enemy’ just because of the nature of our jobs,” Mason said. “This is a way for young people to grow up with positive experiences with police and to understand we are people too ... Every positive experience between young people and police helps build better relationships for all of us.”

FOP members asked each school to nominate one student to participate, but did not limit their parameters for selection. Mason said children from less-fortunate families could be selected, but also children whose families have experienced tragedy this year or who are constantly choosing to help others instead of themselves at school. And the officers have a lot of fun, too. LPD Sgt. Daniel Harter said he did it in 2008 and had a great time. LPD Gang Unit Officers Brian Valdez and Jeff McCord were serious as they maneuvered to get the best price for their shopping partner, Joshua Stanton, 10, from Carriage Hills Elementary. In the end, the trio were all smiles.

With McGruff the Crime Dog padding through the aisles with the children, a real bond developed between the brothers and sisters in blue and the children for whom Christmas is starting to look a lot less blue this year.

September 30, 2013

The Lawton Police Department is proud to announce recent promotions within the Department. Lieutenant Bobby Dodd was promoted to the rank of Captain and Sergeant James Churchwell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. These two promotions were effective September 16th, 2013. Also, effective October 1, 2013, Detective Brenna Alvarez will assume the rank of Lieutenant. Congratulations to all three of you. There will be a promotion ceremony and reception on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in the City Hall Banquet Room at 3:00 PM.

August 13, 2013

The Lawton Police Department hosted our first National Night Out on August 6, 2013. The turnout was excellent and greater than we anticipated. It was good to see the citizens of Lawton come out and get to know members of the department and learn about what we do. The department believes that only through the support of Lawton citizens, community groups, and businesses and coordinated efforts of all parties concerned, can we work to combat some of the issues we are currently facing. We thank all the businesses and vendors that participated in the event, without your support, it would not have been as great of a time.

July 19th, 2013

The Lawton Police Department will be participating in our first annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013. The event will be from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at will be held at Shepler Park, 4th and West Gore (across fromt he Police Station). There will be various sections of the department represented so you can ask questions and we will also be conducting station tours for those wanting to see the station. There are going to be various businesses and organizations present to answer your questions concerning making your home or neighborhoods safer. Please come and see what we can do to help make our community safe. You may print out a flyer to post in your office or at home to remember.

July 9th, 2013

The Lawton Police Department will be holding a Firearms Auction July 16th-18th. This auction will be only for Class III Federal Firearms Dealers, general public will not be allowed. If you are a Class III Dealer and would like more information, please go to the Firearms Auction Information Page.

July 8th, 2013

The Lawton Police Department would like to announce that we started a new Recruit Academy today. We have 13 recruits that will be participating in the 23 week long Police Academy. This academy consists of training in every aspect of police work, to include legal, patrol functions, report writing, investigative techniques, self-defense, firearms, and emergency vehicle operation among others. Along with this training, they will also be required to participate in PT each morning. Once they complete and graduate, they will be CLEET Certified Police Officers and they will move to the Field Training Officer portion of their training. Good luck to each of you.

January 4th, 2013

The Lawton Police Department would like to announce and congratulate a couple recent promotions. Lieutenant William Blasengame was promoted to the rank of Captain and Sergeant Brad Davis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Captain Blasengame has been with the department since November 1999 and had been assigned to the Patrol Division, working as a supervisor on dayshift. Lieutenant Davis has been with the department since July 2001 and prior to his promotion was assigned to the departments Motor Unit. Their promotion ceremony will be held Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 3:00 PM in the Municipal Courtroom.


December 17, 2012

In the past 30 days The Lawton Police department has responded to 5 Fatality accidents, 51 accidents with injuries. The Police Department Traffic unit is working in different areas throughout town to enforce and educate drivers on the dangers and make them aware of this problem. During this holiday season please be cautious and aware of your driving, don’t text or use electronic devices while operating your vehicle. Be aware of vehicles and pedestrians around you and be a cautious and safe driver. The traffic officers will be enforcing all traffic ordinances with maximum effort on cache road, Gore Blvd and Lee Blvd throughout the holidays.

November 12, 2012

We would like to invite everyone to a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, November 15th at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be at the Lawton City Hall Auditorium. This meeting will be an open forum for you to ask questions of the department concerning you as a citizen. The meeting will last until your questions are answered.

November 12, 2012

On Friday November 9th, 2012, the Lawton Police Department graduated 8 new Officers from our Academy. The Officers have been in the Academy for approximately 6 months. They have now been divided up and sent to various shifts where they will undergo a lengthy Field Training Officer program. Once that program is completed, they will then hit the streets on their own. Congratulations to the following Officers:

Patrick Bellamy
William Bradshaw
Elijah Garcia
Mary Lile
Jackie Long
Cameron Paterson
Adam Rowland
Abraham Woelfel


October 31, 2012

Yesterday, the Lawton Police Department honored some of their own, along with community citizens, for outstanding service. The Officer of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Civilian Employee of the Year, and LCPAAA Member of the Year were named along other awards. Please visit our Meritorious Conduct Awards Page to see those that were honored.

October 19, 2012

We are in the process of redesigning our website, please be patient as we continue to add content and bring the site back together. Please visit this page often as we will post important information and events planned for the Department. You will also be able to visit other Specialty Team pages from here.

October 19, 2012

The Department is currently conducting a Police Recruit Academy, 2012-04. There are currently 8 recruits in the Academy and they are scheduled to graduate Friday, November 9th. After graduation, the recruits are classified as a Probationary Officer and will then begin a 16 week, Field Training Officer Program. During this program, the Officers are paired with Senior Officers on various shifts. Once the recruits have successfully completed the FTO Program, they are assigned to rotating shifts based on Seniority.

September 10, 2012

The Lawton Police Department is proud to introduce Chief of Police James T. Smith. Chief Smith assumed his duties in September 2012. Chief Smith came to Lawton from Louisville, Kentucky after serving there for 27 years. For more information on Chief Smith, please visit the Headquarters Division page.