Custer County

 Law Enforcement Center

300 North 7th Avenue

Arapaho, OK 73620

 

 

 

In November 2005, the people overwhelmingly approved a 1/2 cent sales tax to fund the construction of new 141 bed Detention & Law Enforcement Center.

 

The current jail was built in 1984 when the courthouse was renovated. This jail was constructed with 32 beds. Since then, an additional 12 beds were constructed within the original space for a total of 44 beds. Over the last 20 years, the jail population continued to grow without the jail getting bigger to accommodate that growth. In the last 10 years the daily population constantly reached 80 inmates. With no room to house these inmates properly and being unable to comply with state and federal regulations regarding the housing of these inmates, it was evident that a new jail would have to built.

 

 The Board of County Commissioners approved to put this before a vote of the people. The Board of County Commissioners, Along with Sheriff Mike Burgess, started the daunting task of educating the voters of Custer County of the need of a new jail. These officials talked with many voters and civic groups in order to get the message out that a new jail was needed. Many hours of hard work were put in by these officials in order that the public be informed of the need for a new jail.

 

 The new Detention & Law Enforcement Center will be located directly north-west of the present courthouse on property purchased by the County for the purpose of constructing a new jail.

 

 

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