Friday, January 4, 2019

Sequoyah County Sheriff Reports Record Year

The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department made good on their motto of “Relentless Pursuit” with another record year. 

Arrests were up, in fact record numbers for our county, and burglaries were down more than 55%. Sheriff Larry Lane said, “I am proud of the work being done by this department. Everyone is working hard and getting results, while being safer.”

In both 2017 and 2018 arrests averaged at around 1,500 per year. This more than doubled the amount of arrests of previous years.

There was also a number of warrants reported. Executed search warrants for 2018 were 47 and 57 in 2017, according to department numbers.

Drug raid numbers also set records. In total the department performed 37 raids in 2018. 

Burglaries were reportedly down more than 55%.

Lane said, “From day one we told them that they (the criminals) had three choices, (1) stop selling drugs, (2) move out of the county or (3) prepare to go to jail."

Dispatchers received 28,157 calls and filed 1,945 reports. 

Sheriff Department personnel also excelled in service awards. Cindy Smith received the 2018 State Sheriff’s Association Meritorious Service Award, Sonny Jasna was the state's 2018 Detention Officer of the Year. Sheriff Lane, Charles House and Christian Goode all received the 2018 Oklahoma Gang Investigators Street Warrior Award and Colton Goff was awarded the CCR/SART Domestic Violence Officer of the Year.

KXMX News Staff

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