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 about the lakes and regulations on our Lake Patrol page.
We seem to be seeing more and more Scams around lately and yesterday, December 15th, it took a bigger turn that evolved into a robbery. Please go here Robbery/Scam 12-15-14 to read more about the problem. We have also posted photographs of the suspects.
During the Christmas season there is a noticeable rise in crimes relating to purse snatching, vehicle burglaries, thefts from shopping carts, along with home burglaries that tend to be directly related to holiday shopping and gifts. The police department has put together a few tips on what you can do to make your holidays safer and more enjoyable. Most of the tips can be used throughout the entire year and we will take this time to spotlight them. Please go to our Christmas Shopping Tips Media Release and see how to make your holidays a little safer.
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.