Woodward, Okla. —
Question No. 1: With the new open carry law that goes into effect Nov. 1, how do you think that will affect how the sheriff’s office operates? Do you think it will cause problems in Woodward County?
I don’t believe the open carry law will affect the operation of the sheriff’s office at all. We live in Northwest Oklahoma and the people here are very gun knowledgeable and we have had guns around us all our lives. The people of Woodward County are very intelligent and have a great deal of common sense, a very important component to this new law, I believe we have those bases covered. I don’t foresee any problems with it in Woodward County, but as always law enforcement should be always aware of their surroundings, and observant as to who they are dealing with on all calls of that nature, that may involve a weapon.
Question No. 2: There have been a number of scuffles at the new county jail. How do you plan to address inmate fights and keep inmates from injuring other inmates and/or staff?
You should always be aware of whom you are putting prisoners in the same cell with; there are a lot of circumstances that could cause what I call cellmates to be abusive and combative to each other. The sheriff’s office should be smart as to who they pair up in a cell. Your jail staff should always remember that prisoners or inmates are human beings, they made a mistake which is why they are there, treat them with respect. And finally, the sheriff’s office runs the jail, not the prisoners. The sheriff should make this known to the prisoner population and should educate and support his staff to see that the jail is run properly. I would not want any prisoners or staff injured because of poor management or staffing of the jail.