Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves

Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves (deceased) was born as a slave in Arkansas Territory in 1838. He grew up in Texas where he took the surname of his master, George Reeves.  As a young man he escaped into Indian Territory where he became friends with the Cherokee, Creek and Seminole Indians.  After serving as a guide for U.S. Marshals for several years, Reeves was commissioned in 1875 as a Deputy Marshal, riding out of Ft. Smith Federal Judge Isaac Parker’s Court into Indian Territory given his knowledge of the Indian Territory and that he could speak several Indian languages.  Reeves worked 32 years as a federal peace officer before retiring from federal service in 1907. During his tenure as a Marshal he had arrested over 3,000 felons, admitted having to shoot and kill fourteen outlaws in defending his life while making arrests and became one of the “most feared” U. S. Marshals in Indian Territory. At the time of Oklahoma’s statehood in 1907, Reeves, at the age of 68, became a member of the Muskogee Oklahoma Police Department. Reeves and his wife Nellie Jennie raised a family of ten children, five boys and five girls.  In 1992 Reeves was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Center.  In 2007, the U.S. Route 62 Bridge crossing the Arkansas River, connecting Muskogee with Fort Gibson, OK, was named the Bass Reeves Memorial Bridge in his honor.

 

          Captain Sam Sixkiller (deceased) a full blood Cherokee who became a legend as a member of the U.S. Indian Police of the Five Civilized Tribes. Born in Going-Snake District, Cherokee Nation in 1842, Sixkiller was raised in the Cherokee Nation and educated at the Old Baptist Mission.    Sam joined the Southern Army, serving one year under General Waite before joining the Federal Artillery Company at Fort Gibson.  He was married at Fort Gibson on December 23, 1865 to Miss Fannie Foreman. After his marriage to Fannie, they moved to Tahlequah, where he was appointed High Sheriff.  In 1879, Sam moved to Muskogee, Creek Nation and was made Captain of the U.S. Indian Police of the five tribes.   At the time of his death, Captain Sixkiller was a Deputy U.S. Marshal serving as part of the force under Judge “Hang Them High” Parker of Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Additionally Sixklller was a valued member of the Secret Service of the Missouri Pacific Railroad.  It has been said Captain  Sam Sixkiller did more than any one person to free the railroad towns in Indian Territory of their dangerous and reckless elements.

 

K.O. Rayburn (deceased) was born in Lindsay, Oklahoma on February 28, 1913; graduated from Bradley High School and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree at Central State Teachers College in Edmond, Oklahoma.  In 1942, Rayburn joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol where he served only three months before being drafted into military service during World War ll.   Upon being discharged in 1945, Rayburn returned to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol serving as a State Trooper while continuing Juris Doctorate in 1959 from Oklahoma City University.  A short time later, he was promoted to Assistant Chief and became the Highway Patrol’s 1st Chief Counsel. Dr. Rayburn drafted legislation requiring mandatory training for all law enforcement officers in Oklahoma.  In 1962 Rayburn left OHP to design a statewide law enforcement training program at the University of Oklahoma where he was subsequently appointed Oklahoma’s 1st Director of Law Enforcement Training which later became known as the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET)   Dr. Rayburn served as Director of CLEET for twenty years before retiring in 1982, marking over 40 years in Oklahoma law enforcement.   Dr. Rayburn brought a professional educator’s point of view to the law enforcement profession while stressing personal and spiritual development, character, ethics, and public service.

 

 

Oklahoma County Sheriff Robert (Bob) Turner (deceased) Bob Turner was born January 29, 1910.  He was married to Frances L. Turner for over 50 years and had two sons, Jim and Kenneth. Bob Turner served 14 years in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff and two years as a special agent for the State Crime Bureau before being elected Oklahoma County Sheriff in 1950.   Bob Turner served as Sheriff for 26 years, the longest in Oklahoma history. During his tenure as Sheriff he mandated a new level of professional for his staff and renovated the County Jail. He started programs for prisoners who suffer from mental illness and improved the medical care of all others.  Sheriff Turner believed all people should be treated humanely and worked tirelessly to this end.  To insure safety of employees and inmates, he had closed-circuit television monitoring installed in the jail.  His reputation for fairness was consistently recognized throughout the Court House, by judges, lawyers, and county officials.  Bob Turner was awarded numerous awards including commendations by “The Citizens for Police Improvement,” the NAACP’s “Freedom Bond”, the Outstanding Support to Tinker Air Force Base, and given the “Outstanding Public Official Award” in 1972.  Sheriff Turner was appointed to serve on the Oklahoma Crime Commission and later served as President of the Oklahoma Sheriff and Peace Officers Association.  In 2004 Bob Turner was inducted into the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association Hall of Fame.

 

 

Tulsa Chief, Clinton Riggs (deceased) was selected for his efforts to advance professionalism with the Tulsa force. Chief Riggs was born July 15, 1910 and served on the Tulsa Police Department from 1934 to 1937 and again 1945 to 1969 as a patrolman, motorcycle officer, sergeant, captain, and Administrative Chief of Police.  From 1937 to 1941 Riggs served as a Highway Patrolman with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol before joining the Army and serving in World War II until 1945.  In 1939, Chief Riggs attended the Northwestern Traffic Institute where he conceived the idea for the “Yield” sign. The sign reduced accident rates and was quickly adopted worldwide.  During his law enforcement career, Chief Riggs had many accomplishments and was credited with developing the Tulsa Police Academy, hiring and integration of African Americans in the Tulsa Police Department, raising scholarship money for 45 officers to attend law school, and authored many laws including the law prohibiting convicted felons from carrying firearms.  Chief Riggs also developed and chaired the Police Science Division at the newly founded Tulsa Junior College from 1970 to 1981.  Chief Riggs remained an active and contributing member to the Fraternal Order of Police throughout his life which included working with legislators at the state capitol from 1948 to 1960 in developing and monitoring the Police and Fire Pension funds.  He had a firm belief in justice for all and that manifested in his teachings in Police Science, lectures to civic organizations, colleges, and universities.

 

 

Sheriff Robert “Bob” Wilder was born in Oklahoma City on February 15, 1939;  graduated from Southeast High School in 1957 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Management,  Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Criminal Justice Administration, all from Oklahoma City University.     Bob Wilder continued a family tradition of service by joining the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1960.  Bob Wilder quickly rose up through the ranks and was named Chief of Police in February 1985.  He held that position until his retirement in June of 1990.  In October of 1997, Chief Wilder was appointed Sheriff, Marshall County, Oklahoma and still holds that position today.  Bob Wilder has received many awards throughout his career.  Among them were Federal Bureau of Investigation “Exceptional Service” award, City Managers Leadership Award, and, Republic of China National Police Medal.  Wilder is a past president of the Oklahoma Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association, a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, a former member of Major Cities Chiefs of Police, and a former president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates. Bob’s father was an Oklahoma City Police Department officer for 35 years, his mother an Oklahoma County Deputy Sheriff for 26 years, and his daughter is currently an Oklahoma City Police Department sergeant.  Together, the Wilder family has amassed in excess of 100 years of experience in law enforcement.

 

 

Chief James “Jim” Cox, retired Chief of Police of Midwest City was born August 3, 1939.  He joined the Midwest City Police Department in 1964 and retired in 1989.   Professional accomplishments include establishing a Special Investigations Unit, Explosives Disposal Unit and providing Anti-Terrorism training to non U.S. personnel from allies of the United States.  Other career highlights include implementing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved Standardized Field Sobriety Training (SFST) for the State of Oklahoma; serving as a board member of the Victims Impact Panel, a board member of the Board of Tests (alcohol and drug testing) for the State of Oklahoma, and being a founding and charter member of the Oklahoma Associations of Chief of Police. Chief Cox is a respected member of the law enforcement community not only in Oklahoma but throughout the Nation. His vision and wisdom has been sought from the U.S. Department of Justice, state legislatures including Oklahoma’s and many urban administrators. His work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission in fostering a modern law enforcement system for Tribal governments has been exemplified.  As President of the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police he provided leadership in professional ethics, training and technical support for departments across the State of Oklahoma.

 

 

 

Chaplain Jack Poe of the Oklahoma City Police Department has served as the voice of comfort and reason to the men and women of law enforcement for 26 years.   Born February 8, 1941 in Little Rock, Arkansas; he and his wife, Phyllis have been married 49 years and have 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-granddaughters.  Chaplain Poe has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma, a BD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX, and his Doctor of Ministry from Phillips University, Enid, OK.          Chaplain Poe began his law enforcement service with the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1984. Chaplain Poe is dedicated to serving and assisting law enforcement not only in the Oklahoma City area, but in communities throughout the state.  He not only responds to the needs of active officers and families, but also serves the retiree’s as well.  Chaplain Poe was a tremendous asset during the Murrah bombing incident and to New York City following the infamous 911 attack in 2001.  Chaplain Poe is certified as a “Field Traumatologist” and a “Compassion Fatigue Specialist” and his presence during these incidents allowed first responders and volunteers to stay focused and comforted during these trying tragedies.  Chaplain Poe has served as President of International Conference of Police Chaplains, received the National Crime Victims Service Award, the John A. Price Excellency in Chaplaincy Award, and the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Medal for Meritorious Service.

 

 

 Left to right in photo:

Jean Latham, Capt. ‘Pop’ Gunn, Ina Mae Miller, Jean Linn,   Iona Chapman, Lois Moore, and Mildred Jones.

In 2010 the OLEMHOF inducts and  recognize a very important group of ladies.

 

 

The 2010 Hall of Fame induction includes recognition of a very important group of ladies.  In August 1955 the City of Oklahoma City commissioned six women as the first female police officers in Oklahoma.  From over 200 applicants Lois Faye Moore, Mildred Louise Jones, Iona Fae Chapman, Edna Jean Linn, Ina Mae “Tiny” Miller and Jean Latham were hired.  After six weeks of training the women graduated from a training class held at the Downtown Library.  Issued gold badges numbered one to six, the women were assigned to the Traffic Division and worked four blocks in the downtown area where they wrote tickets, impounded cars, directed traffic and made arrests.  Within a few years four of the six women had resigned and the two remaining women went on to enjoy long careers and retire from the Oklahoma City Police Department.   Additional women police officers were not hired by Oklahoma City until 1972.   Their individual standards, character and professionalism led the way for women to serve and contribute to the profession of law enforcement.  As a direct result of their perseverance and dedication to law enforcement, today there are women serving at all levels of policing because of these pioneers