Responses by Oklahoma sheriffs to Open Records Act requests by The Frontier

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Adair County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Alfalfa County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 14
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: Partial
Notes: Don’t have electronic copies, but can come in and review or request copies.

Atoka County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8, March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: Yes
Notes: Said they did not have an electronic copy of the document, but public can view.

Beaver County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Beckham County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Blaine County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Bryan County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone, written request
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Caddo County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Canadian County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone, written request
Response: Yes
Records released: Yes
Notes: Documents were released with minor redactions.

Carter County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Office said they would “see what he can send,” but no records were received.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Office said he would “check with DA” to see what records could be released and never responded.

Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: No
Records released: No
Notesl: Sheriff’s office said only one copy of the document existed, and it was in paper format and sat with office’s attorneys in Oklahoma City and the sheriff’s office did not have access to them.

Cimarron County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone, written request
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: Partial
Notes: Policy is currently under revision, but office offered to send any part of policy not under review, plans to have full document posted on its website within 30-60 days. Also, posts its jail policy and procedures online.

Coal County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Comanche County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said there was no written policies or procedures for the sheriff’s office.

Cotton County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Craig County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said they would email records, but no records were ever received.

Creek County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6, March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said they would check on legal requirement to send the documents, but not documents were received. Follow-up correspondence on April 8, 2019 – the policies and procedures are being revised and the department will send an alert when they become available.

Custer County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Did not release records, saying a written request was necessary in order to send documents.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Dewey County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Ellis County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said they would send if DA allowed release. No records received.

Garvin County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Grady County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said they would not accept an Open Records Act request by email or phone or mail and if the request was approved, they would charge 25 cents per page. They also said you could not scan the document yourself.

Grant County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 13
Request format: Telephone, written request
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said they would required an extensive open records request and would charge an “admin fee” of $12/hour to redact and make the document digital. They would also charge 60 cents per document and the requester would be required to state a reason for their request and cite the legal statute that would allow them to request the document.

Greer County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Harmon County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said they would send the document, but no document was received.

Harper County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone, written
Response: Yes
Records released: Partial
Notes: Does not have an electronic copy, but can make physical copies, cost of $117 at $0.25/page. Or can come in to the office to view copy.

Haskell County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6, March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: Partial
Notes: Did not send the document, but said it was available to be viewed at County Clerk’s Office.

Hughes County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said they would email the document, but it was not received.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 13
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: Partial
Notes: Said the document was too large to email, so requester would have to come to the office to view the document.

Johnston County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Kay County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11, March 14
Request format: Telephone, written
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Latimer County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: NO
Notes: No response

LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6, March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Logan County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Love County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Major County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 13
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: Partial
Notes: Said they would email the document, but noted it was large and it might not send. No document received.

Mayes County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6
Request format: Telephone, written
Response: Yes
Records released: Yes
Notes: Full copies of both sheriff’s office and jail policy and procedures manuals received April 2.

McClain County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 13
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6, March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Murray County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 13
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6, March 12
Request format: Telephone, written request
Response: Yes
Records released: Yes
Notes: Said they did not accept emailed records requests, but did release the document upon in-person request.

Noble County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 13
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Nowata County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Okfuskee County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 12
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6, March 11
Request format: Email
Response: Yes
Records released: Partial
Notes: Said their full policies and procedures manual would not be released, but offered to send parts.

Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6, March 12
Request format: Telephone, written request
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said they did not accept emailed records request. Said they would have DA review the request and update at some unknown future date.

Osage County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: Yes
Notes: Full release of the document.

Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 13
Request format: Telephone
Response: No
Records released: No response
Notes: No

Payne County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said they would send the document but it was not received.

Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: Yes
Notes: Full release of the document.

Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: Yes
Notes: Said they did not have an electronic copy of the document, but would make it available for in-person viewing.

Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Roger Mills County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 13
Request format: Telephone, written request
Response: Yes
Records released: Partial
Notes: Said their policies and procedures were undergoing revisions, but would make it available to the public once complete.

Rogers County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8, March 11, March 13
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6, March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: Yes
Notes: Said the document could not be sent via email because it was too large, but they would burn it onto a disc for pickup in person.

Stephens County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said it was not subject to the Open Records Act.

Texas County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Tillman County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 13
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6
Request format: Telephone, written
Response: Yes
Records released: Partial
Notes: Said the full document could not be released because of safety issues.

Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 6, March 11, March 21
Request format: Telephone, written
Response: Yes
Records released: Yes, with fees
Notes: Does not take open records requests over the phone, must be written. Written request sent 3/21/19. Response April 4, 2019 – policy and procedures manual may be picked up from the Sheriff’s Office in Wagoner at a cost of $113 (record search and copying fee rate of $20 per hour for 2 hours = $40, copying fees of $0.25 per page for 292 pages = $73 for a total of $113).

Washita County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 13
Request format: Telephone
Response: No response
Records released: No
Notes: No response

Woods County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 11
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: Partial
Notes: Said they do not have an electronic copy, but the public could view the document in person.

Woodward County Sheriff’s Office
Request date: March 8
Request format: Telephone
Response: Yes
Records released: No
Notes: Said they did not accept Open Records Act requests via email. Such requests must be made in person or by mail.

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Clifton Adcock

Senior Staff Writer

A veteran investigative reporter who has covered eastern Oklahoma for more than 15 years, Clifton joined The Frontier in April 2017. A native of southeastern Oklahoma, he has covered numerous issues from criminal justice to politics for publications including the Tulsa World, the Oklahoma Gazette, and Oklahoma Watch. Clifton holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. Clifton can be reached at clifton@readfrontier.com. Follow him on Twitter @cliftonhowze
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