Retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Charlie Batt has announced his candidacy for Tahlequah chief of police.
“My reason for running for the position of chief of police is to serve and protect the citizens of the city of Tahlequah,” Batt said. “My commitment is to increase the level of protection by keeping officers on the street and being involved with the community.”
Batt’s career in law enforcement began in 1977 as a security officer for the Cherokee Nation. In 1980, he was accepted to the OHP Academy in Oklahoma City, and upon graduation, he was assigned to Cherokee County. Batt served Cherokee County as a highway patrol trooper for 31 years. He received Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training certification and currently holds over 1,500 hours of CLEET training.
Batt has received specialized training and holds certification in Meth Labs 2000, drug identification, officer survival, school violence, criminal intelligence, drug interdiction/auto theft, domestic terrorism, advanced traffic investigation, as well as tactical weapons training with a shotgun, rifle and pistol.
“I plan to provide proactive and professional law enforcement,” said Batt. “This means more crime intervention and prevention. My office will collaborate with other law enforcement agencies, local, state and federal, and utilize grant funding to improve the police department with equipment and training. All personnel will be trained to meet the needs of the community and perform tasks with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.”
During his career as a state trooper, Batt has worked with the U.S. Marshals office, the Department of Corrections, Department of Justice, Office of the District Attorney of District 27, Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Batt is a life-long resident of Tahlequah. He attended a rural school in Cherokee County and then attended high school at Tahlequah High School. He also attended Northeastern State University, where he studied criminal law.