Cherokee Nation Donating Surplus Equipment to Stilwell Police Department

Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Jack Baker, Don Garvin, Curtis Snell and David Thornton Sr. were presented Pendleton vests during their last Tribal Council meeting.

Published July 14, 2017

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council authorized the donation of a dozen unused Tasers to the Stilwell Police Department to help with law enforcement safety during Monday night’s monthly meeting.

The 12 Tasers being donated have been identified as surplus inventory. The tribe’s security officers have been equipped with Tasers for about three years and are upgrading to newer models.

“Law enforcement agencies today are often faced with limited resources, so I’m proud the Cherokee Nation is able to offer this equipment to Stilwell police officers,” District 7 Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis, of Stilwell, said. “It’s important for police to have the right tools to keep the citizens of our community safe, and I hope this equipment provides just one more option for them to do so.”

Cherokee Nation routinely makes donations of surplus equipment, such as vehicles or office furniture, to schools, organizations and law enforcement.

“I support making any surplus donations that help law enforcement, especially in my hometown,” District 8 Tribal Councilor Shawn Crittenden, of Stilwell, said. “I give credit to the tribe’s security office for wanting to donate some of its equipment no longer needed to another law agency that will benefit.”

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