Local & Regional
Sat March 12, 2011
River Walk Arrests
By KWGS News
Jenks, OK – The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, at the request of the City of Jenks and the Jenks Police Department, aid in law enforcements efforts in the Jenks River Walk area over the last couple of weekends.
Sheriff's Deputies and ABLE Commissions Agents combined efforts with the Jenks Police Department to combat some of the less desirable conduct and illegal activity in this two block area, specifically focused on areas where the adult entertainment, alcohols sales and minors congregate.
The Jenks River Walk area, and first of its kind in the North East Oklahoma, was designed to give people from this community and surrounding areas the opportunity to experience the benefits of quality shops, fine dining, movie theater, arcade games, ice cr me parlors and live performances while enjoying the sights and sounds of the river.
The culmination of the various activities has attracted many types of people from different backgrounds and of all age groups. The Jenks Police Department has experienced a multitude of law enforcement issues, which caused them to concentrate a significant amount of recourses in this area. The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office agreed to supply additional resource aiding the Jenks Police Department in reestablishing the quality of entertainment and making it a safe, family oriented environment for the patrons that visit the River Walk area.
The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has made a large number of arrests and issued a multitude of citations. Within a combined period of six hours, more than fifty arrests were made. Arrest ranged from; minors in possession of alcohol, public intoxication (minors and adults), drug related offences, traffic violations and warrants.
An alarming trend is that nearly 1/3 of those contacted for alcohol related offenses were minors. Deputies experienced many offenders drinking alcohol in vehicles then attempting to enter the adult clubs. Deputies made contact with four intoxicated minors that traveled from as far away as Pottawatomie County. Deputies also arrested an extremely intoxicated 14 year old male they observed leaving an adult establishment.
Last Saturday night, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office sent as many as twenty uniformed deputies, two transportation vans driven by detention staff, and other support staff which teamed with the ABLE Commission Agents and Jenks Police. Enforcement efforts were focused from approximately 1000 hours (10:00 p.m.) till 0200 hours (2:00 a.m.) each night. Arrests were made so frequently that the Jenks jail was overwhelmed and arrestees were diverted to the Tulsa County Jail.
Enforcement efforts have been positive and the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office stands ready to assist at the request of the City of Jenks and the Jenks Police Department if additional law enforcement efforts are needed.