James AppleAssistant Chief
Assistant Chief James Apple began his career with the Lawton Police Department in January of 1980. During his 30+ years with the department Assistant Chief Apple was assigned to the Uniform Division as a patrolman and a Field Training Officer. He also served as a traffic officer and a member of the Traffic Action Program. In 1988 he transferred to the Education & Training Division where he served as a CLEET certified academy instructor and a Crime Prevention Officer. He was instrumental in the beginning of the department's D.A.R.E. program and became national certified as a D.A.R.E. Mentor. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and reassigned back to the Uniform Division. In December of 2001, he was promoted to Captain where he served as a Watch Commander.
Assistant Chief Apple has served as the Department's Federal Highway Safety and Project Under 21 (Too Much to Lose) Program Director, the Department's Fleet Supervisor, the Uniform Division's Supply Officer, and the K-9 Unit Supervisor.
He was promoted to Deputy Chief on October 2, 2006. As the Uniform Division Commander, Assistant Chief Apple was in charge of the Uniform Division including being directly in charge of the department's Gang Unit and the department's Tactical Team.
On January 8, 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police. On January 10, 2010 Assistant Chief Apple retired from the Lawton Police Department as a commissioned officer. On January 11, 2010 he began his duties as the Assistant Chief, returning to the department. In his current position as the Assistant Chief of Police he assists in the planning, coordination, supervision and evaluation of the police department operations.
Assistant Chief Apple holds both an Associate Degree and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Cameron University. Assistant Chief is a graduate of the 221st session of the FBI National Academy , Quantico , Virginia .
Assistant Chief Apple is an Eagle Scout (class of 1975), a 32nd degree Mason, and a recipient of the Camp Fire Sebago Award. He is a member of the Lawton Heights United Methodist Church where he serves on the Board of Trustees, Staff-Parish Committee, and the Finance Committee. Assistant Chief Apple was selected as the 2005 LPD Supervisor of the Year.