The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office will be getting a grant from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office, it was announced Thursday.
Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said the grant is for over $47,000. It will be used to pay for deputies’ overtime and for extended patrols in high crime areas, he explained.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced the Safe Oklahoma Grant awards, totaling $1,466,539.23.
Pruitt said Safe Oklahoma Grant awards help law enforcement agencies through a variety of techniques that target violent crime in Oklahoma communities. For example, through strategies like increasing the frequency of patrols in known, high-crime areas, grant funds help local law enforcement agencies directly target crime hot spots in their communities.
Lockhart said patrols, this summer, have been increased in the Nicut and Short area up to the Oklahoma-Arkansas state line, because of burglaries in that area in the summer. During winter months, patrols are increased in the Tenkiller and Vian areas due to burglaries at summer homes in those areas.
He said the grant money is expected to arrive around Aug.1.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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