The Lawton Police Department is proud to have been the first Municipal Police Department in Oklahoma on the web. The Department currently employees over 170 sworn Officers and 65 civilian personnel. We are located in Southwest Oklahoma bordering Fort Sill Army Base. We are also just south of the 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 also home to two lakes; Lake Lawtonka and Lake Ellsworth. You can read aobut the lakes and regulations on our Lake Patrol page.
The Police Department is currently accepting applications for our next Citizen's Police Academy. The application may be picked up at our Training building, building 900 at the Great Plains Technology Center. Applications must be turned back in by December 20th, 2013 and the Academy is scheduled to start on January 9th, 2014. For more information visit our Citizen's Police Academy page.
December 9, 2013: Academy Update - This is it, the last week of the Academy for our new cadets. Starting next week they will begin a department orientation, spending a day in the various differnet Divisions and Special Teams. After next week, they will begin their on-the-street training in the FTO program.
Graduation for the cadets will be Friday, December 13th at 1:30pm at the Great Plains Technology Center. The graduation will be held in the Worley Seminar Center, Building 300. There will also be a bell ringing ceremony at 10:00am in front of the police station. Please come out and recognize our newest officers for all the hard work they have put in so far.
With the upcoming holidays, the Lawton Police Department would like to make sure everyone is aware of potential telephonic scams that may occur and also a couple that have recently been reported to the department.
The first scam is on where the person calling is claiming to be with the “Warrant Services Association.” The caller advises that you are wanted by authorities for writing a bad check to a cash advance store. They also claim to be a division of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). When asked for proof, the caller will send a document through email that “Warrant Services Association” with the seal of the State Department. They will request a sum of money, usually around $1,500.00 to be sent to them by a specified time. This scam appears to originate in the United States by the phone numbers called from.
The second scam seems to originate from out of the Country, Chile in particular. The caller states that they are your relative and they give a relatives name. The caller further states that the caller went on a quick trip to Chile and while there got into some trouble and need money to get out of jail and back home, somewhere around $1,500.00 to $1,700.00. The caller then states that his/her attorney will call you back in a few minutes after hanging up. A few minutes later another caller will call and say that they are your relative’s attorney and tell you where to send the money.
Remember, these are just a couple of the telephonic scams that are going around right now. If you ever receive a phone call stating you are wanted or a relative is in need somewhere, contact your local police department or do research on your own. Most Agencies do not call over the telephone and advise you that you owe money for fines; this process goes through the court system. Do not voluntarily send money to someone unless you know for sure where it is going.
We now have our Kids Safety pages back up and running. 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 lawtonpd.com 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.