In 1986, a new law went into effect requiring the Department of Public Safety to staff a permanent trooper to the small town of Taft.
The town is surrounded by two minimum security prisons, Jess Dunn and Eddie Warrior.
The law describes the need for a dedicated law enforcement position for the town because of the Department of Corrections having their facilities located there.
When the law was enacted, people in the town remember seeing a trooper there living in the community, but after several years they said those patrols went away.
That 1986 law is being revisited after three prisoners have escaped/walked off the grounds at Jess Dunn Correctional Center.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released a statement to 2 Works For You Tuesday saying...
“There have been ongoing conversations among the Department of Corrections, Department of Public Safety and the Legislature regarding coverage of the Taft area. The conversation started last legislative session and will continue when the session convenes this year.”
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