OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association (OSA) recently honored Sen. Ron Sharp with its 2016 Legislative Award for his support of law enforcement. This session, Sharp was the principal Senate author of Senate Bill 1070, an OSA request bill that limits liability for sheriff’s offices when their deputies work second jobs for mental health transport companies.
“It’s a privilege working on behalf of our hard working law enforcement officers around the state who keep our communities safe,” said Sharp, R-Shawnee. “It’s an honor to receive this award and I’ll continue doing all I can in the legislature to help these dedicated men and women.”
SB 1070 goes into effect November 1, 2016.
The OSA is a non-profit association whose mission is to represent the elected Sheriffs in all 77 counties of Oklahoma. Currently, the association has 4,000 active members, which includes Deputies, Detention Officers, Reserve Deputies and support staff, making it one of the largest law enforcement associations in the state. The association receives no funding from the state and relies solely on the support of its active, honorary, business and corporate members.
The OSA was incorporated in its current form in 1991, although it has been in existence, in one form or another, since statehood.
The mission of the OSA is to maintain the office of the sheriff through training and education by way of developing laws and policies that promote public safety and providing technical and informational support to assist all sheriffs to enable them to provide effective and quality law enforcement services to the citizens of the State of Oklahoma.