Our 5th and final Captain is Captain Morris.  Captain Morris oversees Support Services.

Captain Kevin Morris, Support Services

Captain Kevin Morris

I actually forgot to take a picture of Captain Kevin Morris, but this is him from the first CPA in 2011. He looks the same…just one year older.

 

Bio: 2nd most tenured officer on the PD.  Also the Assistant Emergency Manager for the City of Enid.

Experience: 27 years

Fun Fact: Known as the class clown of the PD, Captain Morris likes to give his brother, Officer Darin Morris wedgies, noogies, wet willies, and brutal indian burns nearly constantly.

Support Services:

  • 911 Center:  Will be taking on additional responsibility by taking on Major Country 911.  Another county is also showing interest in this.  This helps provide top of the line services for these counties that can not afford services and at the same time boosts revenue for the Enid Police Department.  He had very high praise for Lt. Ryan Singleton and the work he’s done with the 911 center.
  • Records Division:
    • Staffed with 5 employees and a supervisor.  They are responsible for entering all the day’s reports, all the tickets into the computer system, all this in between answering phone calls and taking care of open record requests.
    • Since Capt. Morris took over, the front desk has started staying open later for the convenience of the public.  They used to close at 5pm, but that was not advantageous to the average citizen who often was getting off work about that time.  So, they extended the hours to 7pm as a public service.  “We are public servants,” he added.
  • Animal Control: 
    • He had high praise for the work that Animal Control does.
    • They’ve recently brought Rachel Hancock on part-time to take pictures of the the animals and post them on social media outlets in order to help with adoptions.  She first was a volunteer, then an intern, and then they brought her on part-time because of the success.
      • I was already prepared to ask Captain Morris prior to him speaking about the effect she’s had on the “kill rate” that Animal Control has had.  The number blew my mind.  Last month in July, 45% of the dogs that were brought in were adopted out.  It used to be between 12-15%.  The link to the Enid Animal Shelter’s Adopt-a-Pet page is here. KUDOS TO RACHEL HANCOCK!
    • Last month they picked up 129 dogs, 80 cats, and 14 “other” (skunks, opossums, etc.)

“I still love getting up and coming to work.”  Those were the words that nearly came out of his mouth first after he explained that he had been on the force for 27 years.  “I’ve seen so many improvements in 27 years…..and in the last 2 years under Chief O’Rourke I’ve seen so many more improvements that it has revitalized me to stay here and stay awhile!”  he continued.

People like to be hard on the Animal Control people.  But as Captain Morris pointed out, “We don’t have an animal problem…we had an irresponsible owner problem.  Dogs are not breeding that fast on the streets of Enid.  We get a lot of people who buy pets for their kids, they don’t take care of them, they run off, we pick them up and they don’t claim it because they don’t want the responsibility.  Then we’re left to deal with it.   But it’s getting better.  On the flip side, I can remember months when we’d have one dog or maybe two adopted out.  The rest were disposed of.  Now, it seems like people care and want to adopt dogs rather than let them die.  And that’s great.”

On the Assistant Emergency Management position he occupies, “So I work with the City Emergency Management guy (Mike Honigsberg) and prepare for disasters and not necessarily always weather disasters, but any kind of disaster that’s gonna strike or could strike Enid.  Like a tanker truck,” he said.  Captain Morris helps coordinate a spotter network that is ran by Emergency Management.  “We have policemen that volunteer to come out…that when we have severe weather.  I say volunteer, but they get paid.  They use their police cars and we will send them out in different directions.”  Asked about volunteer spotters he replied, “We do have some from the county and the sheriff’s department guys…there’s a whole network of them.  But we also utilize police officers now.”  When asked about public shelters, he said that there are no public shelters but that some churches do open up.  He referred people to Mike Honigsberg for a list.

On this topic, I wanted to ask about what I like to call the “Triangle of Doom.”  The Fire Department is located caddy-corner to the Police Station.  The Fire Department currently houses Enid & Garfield County Emergency Management.  The Police Department currently houses the Enid/Garfield County (and soon Major County and possibly another county) 911 centers.  They are also both located either across the street, in the fire department’s case, or next door, in the police department’s case, to the city of enid offices.   Take a look on the map here:

Triangle of Doom

Triangle of Doom

 

Now that you have an idea of the “Triangle of Doom,” I want you to wonder what would happen if, God forbid, a tornado hit Enid and took out the three buildings.  Or what if a tanker truck exploded outside the buildings?  How would things be handled?  Captain Morris answered the question like this, “Yeah, we’ve discussed that.  We’re in the process of trying to get…moved from…the emergency response center.  And as far as the 911 system goes, we are putting a new system in, and we will be able to take a laptop and go just about anywhere there is a telephone line and operate the 911 out of there.  Wherever, we put in the move of our center to there will a 911 station at that location, that will be the backup station we can move people to.  Yeah, we’ve thought about that….”

At the end of class, someone wanted to know about registering a storm shelter.  Surprisingly, nobody at the EPD knew the answer for 100%.  I told them that to register a shelter, all you have to do is go to http://gcem.org and click on “Storm Shelter Registration.”