Oklahoma City – All residents of Oklahoma County are invited to apply to a newly forming Community Advisory Board. Applications are being accepted through May 8, 2019. The call for applications includes residents in Luther who might want a voice about public safety in the “unincorporated” areas covered by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.
The new Community Advisory Board comes in part from Oklahoma County District One Commissioner Carrie Blumert who says the “CAB” is based on a national model.
“This program is supported by the Department of Justice and we are excited to start one in Oklahoma County Any Oklahoma County resident is welcome to apply to serve on the board. Members will gain access to information concerning our Sheriff’s office, our jail, community policing, etc. You will get to have a voice around very important issues and make recommendations as citizens to our Sheriff, our County Commissioners, and our CJAC (Criminal Justice Advisory Council),” said Blumert.
Applications will be accepted through close of business on May 8, 2019. Citizens wishing to apply can pick up and return completed applications at any Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office location:
- Oklahoma County Detention Center
201 N. Shartel
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
- Midwest City Substation
8029 S.E. 29th Street
Midwest City, OK
- Francis Tuttle Campus Substation
12777 N. Rockwell
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
Completed applications can be electronically submitted for consideration to [email protected] or submitted to our community partner the Voice. Voice P.O. Box 881 Oklahoma City, OK 73101
The OCSO-CAB will act in an advisory role to help the OCSO with regards to community-police relations and best practices in all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office. This program is nationally recognized and approved by the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Services division.
The OCSO will work closely with our community partner the VOICE to help select citizens to serve on the board. Members will be comprised of Oklahoma County residents and will be inclusive of differences in race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and disability. All residents of Oklahoma County will have the opportunity to apply to become board members. They will be tasked with looking at all areas of the Sheriff’s Office.
The mission of the Oklahoma County Sheriff Office’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) is to develop and maintain a partnership between the community and the Sheriff’s Office. The CAB aims to reduce crime and to enhance the quality of life for all citizens through positive and open communication. The CAB is being created to facilitate interactions between the Sheriff’s Office and a committee of diverse citizens, derived from a cross section of citizens within Oklahoma County. The CAB will assist the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office in establishing the highest standards for accountability with the goal of showcasing the myriad of efforts undertaken by the Sheriff’s Office and increasing the public’s trust.
In an effort to strengthen relationships between the Sheriff’s Office and community members, the parties created the CAB. The role of the CAB will be to improve communication between citizens and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. The CAB will provide comments and recommendations to the Sheriff on office policies and procedures to ensure best practices are in place and operational. The philosophy of community policing begins with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office providing quality detention services and policing in direct partnership with the citizens they serve. In order to achieve this goal, there must be an open flow of communication, information, and ideas between the community and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.