OHP has shortage of marine enforcement

OKLAHOMA - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said there is a shortage of troopers trained to patrol the state's lakes.

OHP Captain Victor Lee said as the summer boating season begins, every troop in the state needs more officers.

Marine enforcement officers carry out boat inspections, investigate boat crashes and drownings.

They also assist in search and rescue.

The Tulsa World reports the lakes are already busy and so far this year Oklahoma has already had five drownings.

Lee said a new class of recruits will graduate soon, making more troopers available to help with water duty.

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  • by Lake Lover Location: Ardmore on May 22, 2012 at 08:52 AM
    Can't be that hard of a job... Look how fat and old the ones (troopers) who patrol lake Murray... They are a step away from the retirement home...
  • by tommy Location: texoma on May 21, 2012 at 04:21 PM
    reply to logic if you dig in knowledge a little deeper you will find it is not a state issue its more than that for sometime the coast guard actually runs the show they patrol lake texoma and the red river not to mention alot others in oklahoma,do the research to who really runs the show you dont really hear about and for you dont know about.
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      by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 05:15 PM in reply to tommy
      The OKLAHOMA Highway Patrol IS a state run dept. They are the people this story is about. Not Obama. Not the Coast Guard. Not the Federal Government. The OHP being short-handed in the lake patrol area IS a state issue. No matter how badly the nut-jobs want to blame someone else.
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      by Logic on May 21, 2012 at 06:22 PM in reply to tommy
      Well this article is about the OHP...not the Coast Guard. Last I checked, thats a state issue. Again with the splitting hairs you people! lol!
  • by truth Location: in anonymous wife`s arms on May 21, 2012 at 09:39 AM
    This is state government mary fallion is the blame not president obama.
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      by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 02:50 PM in reply to truth
      That's right, nothing is Obama's fault! I personally think Bush is behind this shortage!
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        by Logic on May 21, 2012 at 03:28 PM in reply to
        Again, not Obama's fault..and not Bush's fault. Not JFK's fault..nor Abe Lincolns. This is a state issue only...never was a federal one. You would THINK that Oklahoma would be awash in fresh, willing recruits to serve the state government right?
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 06:05 AM
    So what? Go hire more people. I have never known of the government not being able to expand as much as they wanted to. Obama, sure as day, would never fight government expansion or intrusion.
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      by Logic on May 21, 2012 at 09:36 AM in reply to
      Why do you people insist bringing Obama into a state issue? Oklahoma just announced huge tax cuts. Let Oklahoma worry about hiring now...not Obama.
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        by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 02:51 PM in reply to Logic
        True dat! Obama is definitely not worried about hiring!
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          by Logic on May 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM in reply to
          You realize that a President signs bills right? He doesn't propose legislation. He has the power of the veto only. The godlike omnipotence you people place at his feet, while flattering, is laughable in applied real world politics! Did you like the Tariff he just slapped on Chinese Solar Panels? 30%!!! I hope you kept some of that green stock! I did!
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        by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 06:43 AM in reply to Logic
        I did not see the tarif on Chinese solar panels. I get all of my solar panels at Solyndra.
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