The Lawton Police Department currently employs 179 sworn Officers and 61 civilian personnel. We are located in Southwest Oklahoma bordering Fort Sill Army Base. We are also just south of the Historic Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Reservation.
Lawton was founded in 1901 and unlike other parts of the Territory that used land runs, Lawton was established using a lottery system for 160 acre plots. Lawton struggled to grow through its early years but eventually began to grow, from 35,000 people in 1950 to 80,000 in 1990. Currently Lawton has approximately 99,000 residents, not including Ft. Sill Military Installation, home of the Fires Center of Excellence for the US Army.