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April 8, 2014

Weir petitions commissioners for proper office space

CHICKASHA —

Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir went before the Grady County Commissioners at their regular meeting requesting office space. 

Currently the Grady County Sheriff's Office is housed in a trailer that is not suitable for a number of reasons, according to Sheriff Jim Weir. 

Weir cited an Oklahoma Statue (Title 19, Chapter 10, Section 401.1 Provision of Suitable and Adequate Courtroom and Office Space) which says the board of county commissioners may provide suitable and adequate courtroom and office space for the judges of the district court and attendants, for the court clerk and staff, and for a branch of the county law library where established under Section 1202 of Title 20 of the Oklahoma Statutes, to be furnished by the county in a suitable building in such city."

Since the sheriff's office has been housed within the trailer on 3rd and Pennsylvania, Weir said there have been incidents on two different occasions when men came into the office upset with law enforcement, leaving the two female personnel who sometimes work there alone vulnerable. 

Another concern Weir had is that the trailer has two offices and one open area. This is not ideal when a victim, who may want privacy, comes in to report a crime. 

Also, if someone seeks sanctuary at the sheriff's office, there is currently no way to stop someone pursuing the victim from following them into the sheriff's trailer. 

The space available at the Chickasha Police Station would be the last choice for the sheriff's office, Weir said. The police station is three blocks away from Grady County Jail, making it too far away in the case of an emergency. Right now, the sheriff's office is just across the street and can assist quickly. 

The lease on the Grady County Sheriff's Office trailer is about $800 a month and the lease is up next year. 

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