Durant unveils new law enforcement center

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

DURANT, OK - Bryan County residents will now get help faster in emergencies, thanks to the new law enforcement center dedicated today. Jalah Gray takes us inside, to show us how it will help authorities serve the public.

"Today is the day we've been looking forward to for the last 5 years."

After years of being way too cramped in their old location, Chief Durward Cook was proud to show the public the new facility on Carl Albert Drive.

"We just simply ran out of space in the old facility, and we had remodeled a time or two to try and make it work for us, but we were just busting at the seems." Cook said.

Chief Cook says because they'd outgrown their old facility, they were forced to move some investigator offices to other buildings.
The new location will solve that problem.

"This building allowed us to bring everything back together, our investigators are in the same building with our patrol and that improves our communication." said Cook.

"It's a new place, a better working environment if you will, it's going to be more efficient." said Mayor Jerry Tomlinson.

Mayor Jerry Tomlinson says the new center includes state of the art technology.

"It's very impressive, it looks like we could land the shuttle from here." Cook said.

This is what Chief Cook is talking about.
It's their new 911 communication center where they handle all emergency service calls for all of Bryan County.

"We have 12 dispatchers working out of our comm center, they answer 911 as well as direct and admin lines here." DC 7secs

"I'm really excited for my friends at the Durant Police Department, I get the privilege of working with them almost every day of the week, so I'm just so happy for them." said District Attorney Investigator, David Cathey.

The local Rising Star Masonic lodge also made a rare public appearance to perform a cornerstone leveling ceremony, and dozens of citizens showed up to tour the new facility.

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  • by BC Fire Chiefs Location: Bryan County on May 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
    The new sales tax does go for upgrading equipment. The Bryan County fire departments still share the dispatch with all county law enforcement agencies. The sales tax money will go to buy equipment need to have the fire and EMS in Bryan county on their own channel and make things easier and safer for police officer, firefighters and paramedics once this happens.
  • by Daniel Earley on May 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM
    It is a great place
  • by Anonymous Location: bryan county on May 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    I thought if we pass the bryan county Firefighters sales tax that some of that money was going to dispatch to update the equipment. If I didnt miss understand it has already been updated.
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      by Volunteer Firefighter on May 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM in reply to
      The sales tax can be used for equipment,training, maintenance and facility improvements that will sustain, improve or benefit the operations of the Bryan County Communication Center. All money spent is subject to review by the Bryan County Treasuerers office and Bryan County Commisioners office. Currently Volunteer fire Dept.s dont pay for dispatch services this is to help recover that cost also. I hope this helps in understanding?
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