(L to R) Director of Campus Police for RSU Gary Boergermann, Collinsville Police Chief Jimmie Richey, Cherokee Nation Marshal Shannon Buhl, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Tribal Councilor for District 14 Keith Austin, Oologah Police Chief Peter Moore, Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton, office of the District Attorney for District 12 Matt Ballard, Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown and Claremore Police Chaplain Paul Simpson.
CLAREMORE, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Keith Austin donated a total of $28,600 to eight law enforcement agencies within District 14 at an appreciation breakfast in Claremore Monday.
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Marshal Shannon Buhl attended, helping pass out the donations and talk about the importance of law enforcement relying on each other for training and assistance.
“I just want to thank these law enforcement officials for all the work they do, which helps all citizens, including Cherokee citizens in District 14,” Councilor Austin said. “We have the most professional police agencies here in northeastern Oklahoma and believe in their protection and support, and we hope these funds can provide the necessary equipment to help in that role. After all, the Cherokee Nation has always believed in law enforcement as we built our courthouse in Tahlequah in 1844.”
Each year Tribal Council, with the support of administration, allots funds for law enforcement in their districts.
“Whether these funds will be used for new equipment or more training, we know these agencies will stretch it as far as possible,” Hoskin said. “I’m thankful for Tribal Councilor Austin making these donations.”
Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown said he’ll use the $4,400 donation so that his 38 sworn officers will each get a trauma pack.
“Budgets are short and money is tight for everyone,” Brown said. “Although law enforcement gets prioritized, this helps us take care of equipment needs and will help us get trauma packs, which include tourniquets, first aid kits and Narcan that officers can give individuals who have had an opioid overdose.”
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said the tribe’s $4,400 donation will help the agency to complete buying Tasers and extra cartridges for the 25 patrol officers and those who work in the detention center.
“This will help us complete putting Tasers in the hands of all our officers,” Walton said. “Statistics show it gives officers one more option.”
The $28,600 donation breakdown is as follows:
• Town of Verdigris, $2,200
• City of Claremore, $4,400
• City of Collinsville, $2,200
• Rogers County Sheriff's office, $4,400
• Rogers State University Campus Police, $4,400
• Town of Oologah, $4,400
• Town of Chelsea, $4,400
• Talala Police Department, $2,200
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