An opportunity to discuss county issues arose during a luncheon for sheriffs departments and drug courts held by the Choctaw Nation. Pictured are Justin Humphrees, Councilman Anthony Dillard, Judge Richard Branan, Chief Gregory E. Pyle, Councilman James Frazier and Billy Stephens, senior director of Choctaw Nation’s Children and Family Services. Humphrees and Branan work with the Atoka County Drug Court.
Choctaw Nation holds appreciation luncheon for sheriffs departments, district drug courts
By LISA REED Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma held a luncheon Jan. 24 in Durant for representatives from all of the sheriffs departments and district drug courts in southeast Oklahoma in appreciation of all that they do.
“I admire them for their hard work,” Chief Gregory E. Pyle said. “What they face is so different from 20 or 30 years ago. Kids, especially, are having problems we never dreamed of when I was young. Our partnership with the county law enforcement and drug courts is longstanding and valuable in making southeast Oklahoma a safer place to live.”
The Choctaw Nation makes an annual donation of $5,000 to each of the entities to assist in their efforts.
With the donation, the sheriffs departments are able to purchase additional equipment such as light bars or walkie-talkies for the officers that can be very important in ensuring their safety while on the job.
Sheriffs departments benefitting include those in Bryan, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, McCurtain, LeFlore, Latimer, Hughes, Haskell, Atoka, Coal and Choctaw counties.
Drug courts in seven counties – Bryan, Pushmataha, Atoka, Choctaw, Poteau and McCurtain – also received a donation. The help with supplemental funding allows many of them to purchase much-needed office equipment and has also made the difference in being able to hire personnel.
This is the first year the tribe has held a luncheon for the agents.
“It was an informative meeting,” Chief Pyle said. “We had the opportunity to visit with several of the men and women, one-on-one, about issues in their county. They have a positive impact on our daily lives of which we are often unaware.”