Since April 2000, the Comanche Nation Police Department has grown from its humble reorganization to a premier law enforcement agency in Southwest Oklahoma. Using Department of Justice Tribal Grants the agency has grown from a simple four-man department to its current structure. The department houses Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations, Administration Division, and a Dispatch Center. Chief Griffin is a member of the Oklahoma Chief of Police Association serving as the Secretary/Treasurer along with membership on the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation and Professional Standards Council. The Comanche Nation Police is the only state accredited tribal agency in the United States.
Future goals for the agency is to integrate emergency services with the Fire Program, build a new training facility for weapon training needs, and put the Adam Walsh requirement on line with a new tribal registry. Chief Griffin attributes the success of the department to the support of the tribal community by approval of the annual budgets and close interaction with many community leaders on the issues of concern of the tribal community. Community policing is not just a concept or goal in our tribal community it is practiced. “I meet daily with concerned tribal leaders and community members who provide valuable insight on how to best address their concerns with the resources available”.
(580) 492 5991
(877) TRIBAL 911
Office (580) 492 3789
MailingComanche Nation Law Enforcement
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK 73502
Address8527 NW Madische Rd.
Lawton, OK 73507
The Comanche Nation Sex Offender Registry, maintained by the Comanche Nation Police under the direction of Officer Tracy, provides public information on sex offenders required to register pursuant to the Adam Walsh Sex Act 2006. The Act applies to any person residing, working, or attending school within the state who has been convicted or received any probationary term for a sex crime in the Comanche Nation, or has entered the Comanche Nation, having previously been convicted or received any probationary term for a sex crime.
Under this division the Dispatch Center, Training, and Sex Registry is housed. The department operates an in-house 911 center under the direction of Ms. Brake to receive notifications from the tribal community regardless where they live. The centralized center receives fire and police calls and coordinates emergency medical response with the appropriate emergency response centers. The 1-877-Tribal911 can be reached throughout the nation and Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunication System allow the Nation to communication with sister agencies nationwide 24 hours a day.
The Training Manager Capt. Wood coordinates all training requirements and maintains the agency accreditation activity. The Comanche Nation Police continues to be the only state accredited agency nationally and has maintained this status since April 2004.
The Comanche Nation Community Policing Office directed by Officer Smith developed the tribe’s Cops and Kids Picnic, Shop with a Cop, Citizen Police Academy and Crime-Stoppers activities. Each of the programs brings information and clarity of the mission and vision of the Comanche Nation Police and its interaction with the tribal community.
This division investigates and prepares cases for adjudication in the appropriate court. Capt Daly and Sgt Kastner are graduates of the Oklahoma Criminal Investigation Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Investigator Academy. Within the division, a joint collation with surrounding agencies, district attorneys, and task force personnel was established to share information on criminal and drug activity in North Texas and Southwest Oklahoma. This monthly meeting has bought success to tracking and case building on known drug distributors and manufacturers. Additionally the agency has three additional graduates of the Oklahoma Criminal Investigation Academy who aid the Criminal Investigation division.
Under the direction of Assistant Chief Niedo, the division provides services to the tribal members, business, and court services. Within the patrol division, the structure includes patrol activities, community activities, crime prevention, and K-9 activities over the 63,000 square miles of Indian Country over seven southwest Oklahoma Counties. This vast expanse extends from Anadarko to the Red River boarder and Jackson County to Stevens County.
The department has Weapon Instructors who provide weapon safety training to the department and other police agencies. This training includes lethal and non-lethal weapons, Taser Certifications, Pepper Ball, Chemical, and Baton. Use of Force, Custody and Control, and Active Shooter response trainings are significant to protection of our tribal community.
The department has specialized trained officers such as Narcotics Officers who are Clan Lab
Certified to disassemble meth labs, operate in hazardous to process, and collect evidence
for the adjudication of meth manufactures and distributors in Indian Country.