By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2008
Scott Walton, a 27-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, hopes to use his experience as the next sheriff of Rogers County.
“Rogers County is the fastest-growing county in Oklahoma, and it’s important to start today to meet the needs of tomorrow,” says Scott Walton, a 27-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department. He’s running for sheriff of Rogers County. “Running for sheriff isn’t something I thought of recently,” Walton says. “I’ve been considering it for years, and now the time is right. I’ll bring a realistic, efficient approach to the priorities of Rogers County.”
Walton is a fourth-generation Rogers County resident. He grew up in Claremore, and attended what is now known as Rogers State University and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. His family currently lives in the Inola area. “I’m proud to be a product of Rogers County,” Walton says. “I’ve lived my whole life here, and nobody can say they understand the needs of Rogers County like I can.”
Walton joined the Tulsa Police Department in 1981. Since then, he has been assigned to nearly every division in the police department: patrol, K-9, detective, narcotics, mounted patrol, the street crimes unit, and the School Resource Officer Program. “A lot of my experience will carry over to the sheriff’s office,” Walton says. “The general principles will carry over. And I’m blessed with relationships and resources from my time in the Tulsa Police Department.”
As coordinator of the Citizen’s Crime Commission, Walton played a key role in the Crime Stoppers program. Tulsa’s Crime Stoppers program is now the most successful in the nation. They have a 77 percent arrest rate on featured stories they’ve followed and covered.
Another program Walton has been heavily involved with is the School Resource Officer’s Program. “A few years ago, nobody knew about school shootings. Now it’s everybody’s worst nightmare. And it can happen anywhere. The threats are real,” says Walton. The program works to provide officers as positive role models. “This ranges anywhere from having an officer on rotation through rural Rogers County Schools to an officer involved in the educational process. Either way, it’s important to have someone there on a regular basis.” Through this program, officers also work with teachers to identify and confront child abuse. “This way we can hopefully stop the abuse before the kid gets seriously hurt,” says Walton.
Walton emphasizes the importance of partnerships. “Any agency that serves the people needs to have partnerships with the people they serve,” he says. “There has to be a triangle of partnerships between police, citizens, and businesses.”
“My intention is to build a well-trained, quality reserve program with a limited number of well-trained, committed officers,” says Walton. “The residents of Rogers County say over and over that response times are very important to them. We can improve response times through the expansion of resources. We can also improve and become more efficient by sharing resources with surrounding law enforcement agencies.”
Scott Walton will be on the ballot in the general election on November 4. For more information, or to contact Walton, visit www.scottwalton.org.