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 Lawton Police Department started another Recruit Academy on Monday, March 3rd, 2014. We have 9 recruits in the class that will last for 26 weeks. We will keep you updated periodically on their training and the various blocks of instruction they are in. Congratulations to all of the recruits and good luck in your new profession.
We would also like to say congratulations to our 2013-05 class of recruits. This is their last week in the Field Training Officer program. They have all done a great job and ready to be out on their own. Good luck to you all.
Firefighters and Police Giving Back
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.
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.