Oklahoma houses multiple police stations in municipal locations across the state, but the Bureau of Investigation is the law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction. This bureau was created in 1925 as a direct result of outlaws fleeing from law enforcement by simply crossing county lines and escaping the established agencies' jurisdictions. One year after its creation, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was applauded for reducing the number of bank robberies in the state by 75%.
Oklahoma Police Divisions
The main divisions in the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigations include the following: Investigative, Forensic Laboratory and Law Enforcement. This bureau also governs handgun licensing and police records for the state.
The Investigative Division is divided into six different regions, aiding local police officers by collecting and preserving evidence at the scene of a crime, conducting undercover investigations, catching criminals and interviewing witnesses. The headquarters is located in Oklahoma City.
The state's law enforcement program enables local agencies across the state to collect and share crime information to aid other agencies to fight similar crimes more efficiently. There is a state incident reporting system, automated fingerprint identification system, violent criminal apprehension program, drug database, offender data information system and DNA index to help distribute information with ease by allowing access to these lists and databases online.
Oklahoma's Forensic Laboratory was created in 1953, and enables law enforcement to work closely with scientists at the University of Central Oklahoma to continue their training and better their services. Crime lab functions include assessing firearms and toolmarks, evidence submittal, latent evidence collection and analysis, forensic biology testing, forensic toxicology, digital evidence, trace evidence and forensic chemistry testing.
Requesting Oklahoma Police Records
Oklahoma police records and criminal history checks may be conducted based on fingerprints or a name and birth date. Personal information is redacted from public viewing, but otherwise arrest and conviction records may be returned for a fee of $15-19. The Department of Corrections also provides a search in the violent offender and sex offender databases for $2.