Muskogee Police Department

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Muskogee Police Department
Abbreviation MPD
Agency overview
Formed 1898
Annual budget Approximately $6 million
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Muskogee in the state of Oklahoma, USA
Size 46.0 square miles (119 km2)
Population 38,310 (2000)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Muskogee, Oklahoma
Police Officers 91
Unsworn members 28
Elected officer responsible John Tyler Hammons, Mayor
Agency executive Rex Eskridge, Chief
Muskogee Police website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Muskogee Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Consisting of 91 sworn officers and 28 other employees, the department serves a population of over 40,000 people.

The department is under the supervision and operational command of Chief of Police Rex Eskridge, a member of the department since 1969 and police chief since 1992.[citation needed]


The Muskogee Police Department was established in 1898. Prior to its establishment, law enforcement in Muskogee was provided by the United States Marshals Service and a city marshal.[citation needed] One early officer was Federal Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves, the first black to serve in such an office.



The mission of the Muskogee Police Department is enhancement of the quality of life of residents and visitors through effective crime reduction, preservation of peace, and responsiveness to social changes in the community, accomplished through a police-community partnership focusing on proactive policing and crime prevention.[citation needed]


The department is headed by a police chief, with an assistant chief as the chief's primary deputy. Under the chief and assistant chief are three divisions, each headed by a major:

  • Police Support Services Division – responsible for headquarters staff, central administrative funcations, communications and dispatch
  • Investigations and Special Services Division – responsible for investigating crimes and other special services
  • Law Enforcement Patrol Division – responsible for general law enforcement

Specialized Units[edit]

The Muskogee Police Department Special Operations Team is a resource for the department in handling critical incidents.[citation needed]

The Special Operations Team responds to:

  • Hostage situations: The holding of any person(s) against their will by an armed or potentially armed suspect.
  • Barricade situations: The standoff created by an armed or potentially armed suspect in any location, whether fortified or not, who is refusing to comply with police demands for surrender. This includes armed suicidal suspects.
  • Snipers: The firing upon citizens and/or police by an armed suspect, whether stationary or mobile.
  • Apprehension: The arrest or apprehension of armed or potentially armed suspect(s) where there is the likelihood of armed resistance.
  • Warrant service: The service of search or arrest warrants where there is a likelihood of armed or potentially armed suspect(s) and there is the potential of armed resistance.
  • Personal protection: The security of special persons, such as VIPs, witnesses, or suspects, based on threat or potential threats.
  • Special assignments: Any assignment, approved by the chief of police or unit's Commander, based upon the level of threat or the need for a special expertise.

The Special Operations Team has a team membership with the National Tactical Officers Association.[citation needed]

The department also has K-9 and mounted units.


Since 1995, crime rate has reduced 45% in Muskogee. According to records by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, in 2002, 2008 and 2009, no murders were committed for the entire year.[1]

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the department, eight officers have died in the line of duty.[2]

Officer Date of Death Details
Police Officer L. F. Harvey
March 10, 1908
Police Officer Sam Neal
December 26, 1915
Traffic Officer Leslie Jennings
July 15, 1924
Struck by vehicle
Night Captain Charles W. Bowman
June 5, 1927
Patrolman John Emond Hensley
July 31, 1934
Police Officer Romie H. Hinson
December 9, 1934
Chief of Detectives Ben L. Bolton
December 5, 1935
Captain Charles Owen Purdin
September 17, 1957
Motorcycle accident


[3] after pursuing an alleged traffic stop from a man running a stop sign and continuing to his mother's home after refusing to stop led to police forcing their way into the home where the situation ended with administering pepper spray on the 84-year-old mother as well as the tasering of the 54-year-old man police were pursuing. The matter is under investigation after pressure arose online following the release of body camera video. Many believe the police utilized unnecessary force, especially in spraying the woman, who many believed did not seem threatening or uncooperative. The incident happened Aug 7, 2016.

In 2009, two local officers arrested Larry Eugene Chaplin. They handcuffed him and then allowed a police dog to attack him while he was on the ground. In March 2012, the city settled with Chaplin for an undisclosed amount.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Donna Hales (2008-12-31). "No murders here in 2008". Muskogee Phoenix. 
  2. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page
  3. ^ Muskogee Police made the news
  4. ^ City settles civil rights suit Man mauled by police dog gets confidential settlement, by D.E. Smoot, 14 March 2012, Muskogee Phoenix

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