The Sheriff’s Office is making great strides to provide our staff with all the tools that will help them deter, detect, and solve crimes. Tools like AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Information System) that we use to identify every persons being booked into the Detention Center with their fingerprints. ODIS (Offender Data Information System) is part of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations and connects not only the state data but over 130 agencies across Oklahoma. We are currently deploying computers in our vehicles with the ability to search not only ODIS, but also “MobileCop”, they can access OLETS (Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunication System). This allows the information to get to the deputy in the field much faster and more accurate.
Traffic Enforcement: “Safety Corridor”
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) is partnering with the City of Tulsa and Covanta WBH, the owner/operator of the Energy-from-Waste facility in Tulsa to safely dispose of prescription drugs collected throughout the state. Since March 1, 2011, through the Safe Trip for Scripts Program, OBN has distributed nearly one-hundred (100) permanent drug disposal metal containers in police and sheriff department lobbies for the public to safely dispose of prescription drugs in their homes and medicine cabinets. To date, the agency has collected nearly one (1) ton of old, expired medication from the disposal containers. OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward says it’s critical to get these drugs out of the home. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics has a list of the disposal container locations on its web site at www.ok.gov/obndd Woodward says the list will be continually updated as the permanent locations are established throughout the summer. Payne County locations are Cushing Police Department and Payne County Courthouse.
The Payne County Sherriff’s Office realizes that there are numerous types of frauds that are committed against citizens of Payne County including but not limited to Identity Theft, Credit Card Fraud, Bank Account Fraud, and many others too numerous to mention. The sheriff’s Office asks that citizens not give personal information out of the telephone, place personal information on the internet, and certainly question any “get-rich-quick” schemes before acting. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true than it probably isn’t true and could cost you and your life savings. PCSO staff prepares and presents different programs concerning identity thefts, consumer fraud and other programs of interest. Below is a web link in which you can view and print information from the Department of Justice, however you may also contact our office to arrange for a presentation to your group. Web link: www.ftc.gov/idtheft
The original Mounted Patrol was called “Sheriff’s Posse”. The Posse was active from approximately the late 80’s to the early 2000’s. The members included the late Deputy Walter “Fuzz” Longan, Carl Hiner, Ken Willerton, Charley Shell, Alvie Morris, Deputy Bob Tillman and current Under-Sheriff Garry McKinnis. It was common to see these gentlemen parking cars at the annual Payne County Fair and riding in the local parades.
The Posse was renamed and re-established as the Payne County Mounted Patrol in late 2011. PCMP is currently comprised of fourteen members including Sheriff’s Office employees and volunteers. PCMP is led by Under-Sheriff Garry McKinnis.
To become a member, the horse and rider must demonstrate specific abilities including emergency stops, quick command response, and excellent horsemanship.
Training consists of warm-up, simulations, formations, and individual as well as group exercises.
As the Payne County Mounted Patrol Unit becomes more active, our goals also change. Several of the current members will be attending reserve school. This will enhance the unit’s ability to serve the citizens of Payne County. Members have attended training for Search and Rescue. When members attend training, that information is shared with the group.
As in the past, all horses and most equipment is donated or purchased by the members. Members also provide all animal care and transportation to practice and events.
Without the support of our community, the Mounted Patrol would not exist. We have amazing supporters that include but are not limited to Ralph’s Packing Company of Perkins; Food Pyramid and Walmart of Stillwater; Devon Energy, Great Plains Energy, TransCanada Corporation, and many individual citizens of Payne County.
Mission Statement of Payne County Mounted Patrol
The mission of the Mounted Patrol is to provide trained horses and riders to work collectively with fellow members of the Sheriff’s Office and surrounding areas in: prevention and detection of crime, crowd control, search and rescue, positive police and community relations, and for other such duties that the Sheriff deems necessary
Mobile Command Center: include photo Payne County’s Mobile Command Bus was graciously donated by OSU. The bus will be a great asset during situations such as the wildfires, large events such as Calf Fry and the Payne County Fair, and in the event of a catastrophe such as active shooter or mass injury/casualty incidents. The Bus is a scaled down version of central dispatch which will allow the county to run as usual with little interruption to normal operations. It will serve as a central location for officers and agencies to gather and share information. It will also store much needed equipment and supplies that are specific to the situation. For example, water and food for officers who spent days on end battling the grass fires in Payne and surrounding counties.
Payne County Sheriff’s Office is home to two K-9 Deputies. Our K-9’s are Belgian Malinois.
Andy is 4 years old and Rudy is 5 years old. Deputies Paul Fox and Rockford Brown are their handlers. The K-9’s are trained in apprehension, obedience, tracking, and narcotics detection. Initially the deputies had to train with the K-9’s for 16 weeks. They regularly train and hone their skills. The K-9 Deputies not only work, they also play by visiting area schools and giving demonstrations.
Size and Weights:
The Size and Weights deputy monitors commercial traffic on both state and county roads. For questions regarding rules and regulations and acquiring oversize permits, contact the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety or visit their website: https://www.dps.state.ok.us/swp/.