Local Agencies Report Number of Police On Patrol - KTEN.com - No One Gets You Closer

Local Agencies Report Number of Police On Patrol

Posted:

KTEN wanted to break down the number of officers patrolling the streets in cities comparable to Ardmore. KTEN's Katy Blakey has a closer look.

According to the 2007 census estimates, Ardmore's population is roughly 25,000. In Texas, that's comparable to Denison's size.

KTEN spoke with agencies around our area to get a feel for how many officers they have on the street.

In Denison there are 45 sworn officers, thirty of those are assigned to patrol. In Sherman, 64 people make up the department, over half of those are in the patrol division. And out of Durant's force of 37, 24 cruise the streets.

All of the departments we spoke with said a strong patrol division is key to fighting crime and shows the public the police are out doing their job.

"It's very crucial," said Sgt. Bruce Dawsey with Sherman Police. "You can have a police department without a PIO or without a traffic division, but you got to have the police officers in a marked unit that are able to respond to 911 calls. Just the visible deterrent alone, where you got a guy driving around and the bad guys see him. Maintaining a strong patrol force is vital to any city."

Sgt. Dawsey says it's not just the crime factor that poses problems if you have fewer officers on the street, but also, morale within the department.

If something happens, officers must be called in, giving up days off or working long hours.

The departments we spoke with said maintaining a strong patrol division is one of their top priorities. That's why, so often, they are actively trying to recruit new officers.

Katy Blakey, KTEN News
    

  • Texoma HeadlinesMore>>

  • Bryan County man killed in motorcycle crash

    Bryan County man killed in motorcycle crash

    Robert Andrews IIRobert Andrews II

    BRYAN COUNTY, OK -- A Cartwright motorcycle rider was killed in a crash in Bryan County early Saturday morning. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said 46-year-old Robert Andrews II was driving on Highway 91 west of Colbert when the accident happened around 2 a.m. Investigators said Andrews -- who was not wearing a helmet -- was then run over by a car and dragged about 50 feet. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was not injured.

    More >>

    BRYAN COUNTY, OK -- A Cartwright motorcycle rider was killed in a crash in Bryan County early Saturday morning. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said 46-year-old Robert Andrews II was driving on Highway 91 west of Colbert when the accident happened around 2 a.m. Investigators said Andrews -- who was not wearing a helmet -- was then run over by a car and dragged about 50 feet. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was not injured.

    More >>
  • Suspect caught on camera in Marshall County burglary

    Suspect caught on camera in Marshall County burglary

    KINGSTON, OK -- A Kingston homeowner has his belongings back after his home was burglarized over the weekend. The sheriff credits the homeowner's security system for helping to quickly track down a suspect. At the time of the break-in, the victim told officials he was three-and-a-half hours away from the home he owns near Lake Texoma. "You know, we are way out in the middle of nowhere out here," neighbor Jeremiah Donathan said.

    More >>

    KINGSTON, OK -- A Kingston homeowner has his belongings back after his home was burglarized over the weekend. The sheriff credits the homeowner's security system for helping to quickly track down a suspect. At the time of the break-in, the victim told officials he was three-and-a-half hours away from the home he owns near Lake Texoma. "You know, we are way out in the middle of nowhere out here," neighbor Jeremiah Donathan said.

    More >>
  • Going Green in Atoka County on Tuesday

    Going Green in Atoka County on Tuesday

    TUSHKA, OK -- A recycling company is teaming up with the Choctaw Nation's Going Green program at Tushka High School on Tuesday, April 25. Old electronics gear and used tires will be accepted at this free one-day event that runs from 2-6 p.m.

    More >>

    TUSHKA, OK -- A recycling company is teaming up with the Choctaw Nation's Going Green program at Tushka High School on Tuesday, April 25. Old electronics gear and used tires will be accepted at this free one-day event that runs from 2-6 p.m. 

    More >>