Wagoner County Sheriff's Office records slight increase OSBI reported Index crimes, 50% decrease in crime since 2016
Sheriff Elliott took office in July 0f 2016 as Wagoner County Sheriff. In 2016 the OSBI reported statistics that reflected the State of Oklahoma experienced 33.61 per 1000 of the state's population, being reported as a victim of one of the listed index crimes. During this time Wagoner County experienced 23.11 per 1000 of the county's population reported being a victim of one of the listed Index crimes, as reported by the OSBI.
The OSBI report shows in 2020 that Wagoner County experienced a slight increase in the Index crimes. 2020 crime report listed that 11.87 per 1000 of the county's population reported being a victim of one of the Index crimes as reported by the OSBI, up from 10.39 in 2019. While Wagoner County has historically experienced a lower crime rate the state's average, a further reduction in the Index crimes is always welcomed. Since Sheriff Chris Elliott has taken office in 2016, there has been a 50% decrease in the listed index crimes in Wagoner County.
Wagoner County has a strong economy and in the 2010 Census, it was reported Wagoner County was the 2nd fastest growing county in the state. The Sheriff's Office embraces the concept that having a low crime rate, great schools, and a strong economy that attracts economic growth. Sheriff Elliott is evaluating what changes in the Sheriff's Office that have promoted the decrease in the Index Crimes and have identified the following points of interest that he believes are significant.
• Restructuring the rank and file of the Sheriff's Office. Reduction in Command Staff positions. Transferring those funds allocated to the former Command Staff positions to field deputy and investigator positions to increase the number of deputies on patrol and investigators on staff.
• Invested in better and more modern equipment for employees.
• Invest in training and technology for employees making the Sheriff's Office much more efficient.
• Implementing structure into operations, offering clear policy and procedures and tactical operations guidelines.
• Utilizing grants to secure funding for a Violent Crimes Task Force.
• Utilizing grants to secure funding for an interactive Sheriff's Office web site.
• Invest into the training of Frontline Supervisors, field deputies, investigators, and detention officer to promote accountability and transparency with the community we serve.
• Focus on arresting individuals for illegal drug activity.
• Partnering with all Wagoner County law enforcement agencies.