State Legislators Work On Back The Blue Legislation
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow, and Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, today announced bills backing law enforcement by making the profession more attractive to join and stay in across Oklahoma.
In recent days, eight police officers nationwide were shot over 48 hours, resulting in two officer deaths. Two weeks ago, two Tulsa police officers were shot, resulting in the death of Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson.
The casualties combined with efforts in cities in Oklahoma and nationwide to defund police and other law enforcement offices have created a toxic environment for public safety officers, something the legislators said they hope to combat.
“I am very concerned that what is happening right now in our country could have long term repercussions on recruiting and retaining talented law enforcement officers,” said Hilbert, who serves as vice chair of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee. “How in the world sheriffs and police chiefs will be able to recruit and retain talent in the near future is beyond my understanding, with the way things are going. We need to give them the tools to succeed.”
With anti-law enforcement sentiment rising, Hilbert and Leewright collaborated on ideas to ensure Oklahoma can recruit and retain quality law enforcement personnel now and in the future.
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