Aspires For Agency That Protects
Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor, saying he hopes to advance his vision of having the sheriff’s office become “truly a protection-of-citizen’s agency,” said he will seek election to a full term.
He was appointed to the office in 2017 to complete an unexpired term.
“I am excited and honored to serve Oklahoma County’s citizens during this new day in our county, where we can truly focus on the safety of all of our citizens – young and old,” he said.
“As I seek a second term, I am proud of the many improvements that I have made at the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and am looking forward to solely focusing on law enforcement and public safety,” the candidate said.
“Sheriff’s Office employees deserve support and a bright future,” Sheriff Taylor went on.
“I intend to ensure that that promises I have made to the citizens and staff are promises that I will keep.”
Sheriff Taylor has been in law-enforcement for more than 48 years.
“Throughout those 48 years, I have worked to keeping our communities safe,” he commented.
“Indeed, I have spent a lifetime serving our citizens.
He took over the Sheriff’s Office in 2017.
Since then, he has implemented numerous cost-cutting initiatives and improvements while streamlining the agency the agency,” a statement from his campaign organization said.
“He has worked closely with the Criminal Justice Reform Committee, with judges and local law enforcement agencies to reduce inmate population at the Oklahoma County Jail,” the statement said.
“That has resulted into a reduction of jail inmate population by more than 30 percent, saving taxpayers money,” the Taylor campaign statement pointed out.
“A team instituted by Sheriff Taylor has served more than 30,000 warrants and the team has captured many dangerous and repeat offenders, making our streets safe.”
“Sheriff P.D. Taylor is an active, well-known pillar in the law enforcement community,” the campaign statement said.
Upon his retirement from the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1997, he immediately started working at the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.
He began working for that office as a captain and was promoted to major two years later.
He was an undersheriff for 14 years and was named sheriff in 2017.
Sheriff Taylor is a member of the Oklahoma Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association, and the Oklahoma Chiefs of Police.
He is a member of the Oklahoma County Retirement Board, the Conditional Bond Board, the Drug Court Board, the Community Sentencing Board, the ABLE Commission and the Planning Committee for Leadership Oklahoma City.
Sheriff Taylor has been inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame and was named the 1995 Fraternal Order of Police Member of the Year, a national honor as he was selected out of 270,000 FOP members nationwide.
A native of Oklahoma City, he graduated from Putnam City High School and graduated with an associate’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma Junior College, having majored in police science.
He served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army.
He attends the Village Baptist Church.
He and his wife of 43 years have three daughters and seven grandchildren.