“The people will know we are there if they need us.” – LTPD Chief of Police Robert Hawkins
LTPD seeks other agencies to ‘watch their six’
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police Department presence will be known at this year’s MCN Festival.
LTPD Chief of Police Robert Hawkins said not only will his officers be on patrol during the annual celebration, but also he has contacted other tribal agencies for support.
“We will have a full presence of Lighthorse officers at the festival,” he said. “We have reached out to other agencies to assist us.”
He said they usually get a few officers from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, along with Sac and Fox Nation and Osage Nation.
“We then send out to the local agencies,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins said the patrons of the festival would see the officers on foot, golf carts or all-terrain-vehicles throughout festivities.
“We want to be in vehicles or on foot, anyway that would give us easy access for us to respond to any emergencies,” he said. “We want to be able to get to that area as soon as possible.”
Another part of LTPD’s security is the surveillance towers. that they utilized. Hawkins feels it has been a big help to be able to patrol the area such as the Omniplex.
“We are going to strategically place those in the best areas for us to look over everything,” he said.
He said Wagoner County Emergency Management would be sending their surveillance tower to the festival to help out LTPD.
“They are a big help to us,” Hawkins said. “We can see a good area with these lifts and they are a big asset to us.”
Hawkins said his staff is gearing up for the festival. Numerous meetings have been held to handle the concerns everyone has had and he feels everything is going in the right direction.
“We feel we done something each year to add protection and done something to make it better,” he said. “This year, same thing.”
He said he is going to have the officers in numerous areas, spread out and above all else, making a presence.
“The people will know we are there if they need us,” Hawkins said.