FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 30, 2020

Insurance Department Donates Shotguns to Help Underfunded Law Enforcement Agencies

Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready today donated a Remington 870 Shotgun to the Coweta Police Department Chief Mike Bell at the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID)’s Oklahoma City office.

“It is much appreciated more than you know,” Bell said. “As a small agency, we can’t afford equipment like this. It will greatly enhance our services.”

For the last few months, the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Anti-Fraud Unit has worked with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) to transfer the shotguns d to other law enforcement agencies in need. These shotguns were ordered by the previous administration for newly hired investigators to attend the police academy. Once those certifications were completed, the Unit no longer needed them.

“We only intend to hire experienced, pre-certified officers from this point on, so we are donating the firearms to other law enforcement agencies in need,” Anti-Fraud Chief Investigator Rick Wagnon said. “Instead of sending these shotguns to State Surplus to be auctioned off to the public, we wanted to get these directly transferred to underfunded law enforcement agencies.”

Once OMES approved the transfer, Wagnon contacted the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police and the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association for a list of underfunded agencies that each association could recommend. From that list, Commissioner Mulready drew the winners randomly and contacted each agency to schedule the shotgun handoff.

Wagnon said they carefully selected small, underfunded agencies that could get the most benefit from this donation. He also said the most of these agencies do not have shotguns and are excited to receive them.

“The goal of the firearm donation is to enable underfunded law enforcement agencies to acquire firearms at no cost in support of their mission,” Mulready said. “We are grateful for our law enforcement agencies and their service to our citizens.”

Mulready said that the department will donate a total of 7 shotguns to the following agencies:

Ser#  Name 
RS92196G  Sheriff Larry Lane, Sequoyah County SO 
RS92213G  Chief Bob Ernst, Perkins PD 
RS92238G  Sheriff Marty Grisham, Love County SO 
RS92242G  Chief Mike Bell, Coweta PD 
RS92246G  Chief John O’mara, Kiefer PD 
RS92250G  Sheriff Joe Janz, Kiowa County SO 
RS99172G  Sheriff Tim Turner, Haskell County SO 

DONATED ITEM(S): Remington 870 Shotguns (Police Magnum), 18″ Barrel, Parkerized Finish, Ghost Rings Sites, Collapsible/Pistol stock, Forearm Flashlight, and Rapid Assault Tactics (RAT) Nylon Carry Case.

 

If you have questions about other insurance issues, contact the Oklahoma Insurance Department at 1-800-522-0071 or visit our website at www.oid.ok.gov.

About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.

For more information, contact:
Liz Heigle
405-819-2221
Liz.Heigle@oid.ok.gov

Anti-Fraud Chief Investigator Rick Wagnon (left), Coweta Police Department Chief Mike Bell and Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready (right) on Thursday in Oklahoma City, OK.

Anti-Fraud Chief Investigator Rick Wagnon (left), Coweta Police Department Chief Mike Bell and Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready (right) on Thursday in Oklahoma City, OK